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Undergraduate Course: Film Music post-1950 (MUSI10072)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course combines historical, theoretical and analytical approaches to music in films from the second half of the twentieth century. The course is organized around a series of films and key readings, with each class focusing on a particular idea or issue, supported by suggestions for follow-up viewing, listening, and reading. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to explore how the role of music in film may be viewed in political terms. Examples of class topics might include music and the films of the French New Wave, interrelations between the music industry and the film industry, the pop performer on screen, the aesthetics of surround sound.
Course description Classes will include an introduction to the historical and industrial context of a series of key moments in the period 1950-2010, and the close-reading of a series of set films and their scores/soundtracks. The first classes will introduce the landscape of film scoring and source music in Hollywood filmmaking at the point of divorcement - the point at which the major studios were forced to sell off their theatres, signalling the end to a 20+ year period of vertical integration and explore the aesthetic impact on film music of this industrial/economic shift. Other key moments to be explored will likely include: the interface between Hollywood and the French Nouvelle Vague in the 1960s; the rise of Film Studies as a discipline and its impact on filmmaking/scoring; music and political filmmaking, energised by developments in technology; the impact of other platforms/formats on film scoring (e.g., television, video games, music video).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Music 2A: Music and Ideas from the Middle Ages to Viennese Classicism (MUSI08060) OR Music 2B: Music and Ideas from Romanticism to the Late Twentieth Century (MUSI08061)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Priority will be given to Music students in the first instance.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should normally be undertaking Music as a major component of their degree programme. Visiting students of Film taking music as a minor component should contact the Course Organiser for the course to seek their permission to enrol in the course, then send that written confirmation to the Visiting Student Office for consideration.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an awareness and understanding of academic approaches to film music, drawing on both musicology and film studies.
  2. Discuss and analyse the use of music in films, drawing on the range of approaches set out in LO1 above.
  3. Develop analytical skills and critical awareness through the ability to read critically and to evaluate arguments and articulate their conclusions in a variety of written formats.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The course is supported by a weekly film screening. Students should ensure that they can attend both the class and the screening.
Study Abroad Only available to students who will be present for the semester in which the course is taught.
KeywordsFilm film music
Course organiserDr Annette Davison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2426
Course secretaryMr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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