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Unit information: Portfolio / Dissertation in 2015/16

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Unit name Portfolio / Dissertation
Unit code MUSIM0021
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Ellison
Open unit status Not open

Completion of relevant mandatory units in TB1 and TB2 and progress at the June Progress Board



School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The summative assessment of the MA in Composing for Film and TV may be approached by two routes, either (1) a portfolio of original media compositions, or (2) one original media composition and a critical dissertation on an agreed media music topic. The choice of whether to write a Dissertation lies with the student, in consultation with the Programme Director. Students taking option (1) build their media portfolio throughout the year, but the main body of work is during the summer period following completion of the taught units. The portfolio usually includes collaboration with one of the MAFTVP or MAASM projects in the Drama Department. Guidance on the portfolio is provided by the course Tutor and by the Programme Director.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. To be able to distinguish between a range of different research methods
  2. To become familiar with existing work on a particular subject
  3. To use that work in order to provide a focus for independent inquiry
  4. To design a project that is realistic in scope
  5. To gain substantial knowledge of a specific subject area
  6. To make a sustained argument or intervention, in academic debate and/or in relation to the particular research problem, appropriate to the determined mode of assessment.
  7. To be able to communicate that knowledge with clarity appropriate to the determined mode of assessment.

Teaching Information

Tutorials - supervision sessions.

Assessment Information

By written dissertation [15,000 words or equivalent].

Reading and References

Reading as appropriate to individual dissertation, under the guidance of supervisor.