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Postgraduate Course: Music on Screen (MUSI11045)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to introduce Masters students from a range of programmes to key issues concerning the analysis and interpretation of music for screen(s), within a historical and institutional context. The course is organized around a series of lectures, seminars and set readings. Students will be asked to lead on specific issues with the support and guidance of staff. Throughout the course, students will also be expected to audio-view appropriate A/V material. Relevant screenings are provided and additional reading materials suggested week by week.
Course description The course is organized around a series of lecture-seminars, set readings and screenings. Students will be asked to lead on specific issues with the support and guidance of staff.

Students will be introduced to a variety of topics which normally include "whose music?", classical Hollywood scoring, the use of pre-existent music, film music and emotion, film music vs. video game music.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework

There are 3 components:

Assignment 1 (weighted at 25%):
Analysis of a sequence chosen by the tutors (due during week 6) up to 2000 words.

Assignment 2 (weighted at 25%):
Presentation/audio-visual essay during class time, within second teaching block.

Assignment 3 (weighted at 50%):
Audiovisual essay 3000 words - due week 12/13 (exam weeks on timetable).
Feedback The student will receive feedback on each of the assessed components.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate your understanding of a wide range of contemporary and historical academic writing concerning music on screen(s).
  2. Demonstrate that you are able to use this knowledge in a sophisticated manner to articulate and develop cogent arguments concerning the aesthetics of music on screen.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of historical, technological, and economic issues affectig the development of music composed for screen (whether film, television, videogames, webpages, apps etc.)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use audio-visual evidence in the development of musicological arguments.
Reading List
The course organiser has created a digital reading list which sets out key texts, weekly readings etc.

Please copy and paste the link below to see the list in full. (Please note - as resource lists for all courses are hosted in this link, once you click into the link you must then type in the name of the course "Music on Screen" to see this particular reading list;

*Key texts from this resource list however are as follows:

1. "Audio-vision: sound on screen".
Chion, Michael,
Columbia University Press, 1994.

2. "Hearing the movies: music and sound in film history".
Buhler, James, Neumeyer, David, Deemer, Rob,
Oxford university Press, 2010.

3. "Film music: a very short introduction".
Kalinak, Kathryn Marie,
Oxford University Press, 2010.

4. "The Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies". Neumeyer, David (ed), Oxford University Press, 2015.

5. "A short guide to writing about film".
Corrigan, Timothy,
Pearson Education, 2015.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsScreen Composition Analysis Interpretation
Course organiserDr Chris Letcher
Tel: (0131 6)50 2333
Course secretaryMiss Laura Duff
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