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Unit information: Film Scoring in 2022/23

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Unit name Film Scoring
Unit code MUSIM0023
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Farwell
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This practice-led unit builds understanding of the concepts, forms, language, collaborative practices, and creative methods in composing music for film. The unit focuses on dramatic screen works and the “feature film” (whether full length or short). The unit runs in parallel with Professional Techniques, so that growing skill in studio technique support the projects set in Film Scoring. It links also to the start of the Portfolio / Dissertation unit, supported by meetings with potential collaborative partners and with industry guests.

Your learning on this unit

Successful completion of this unit will enable you to:

  • use appropriate terminology to discuss visual, structural and narrative aspects of film
  • analyse real films and excerpts, ‘spot’ effectively, and create suitable musical concepts that complement the film at multiple scales
  • use the orchestral palette effectively
  • create a ‘pitch’, analyse the brief, and discuss your ideas with directors and producers
  • understand ‘business’ activities such project administration, rights, and marketing; and begin to apply your knowledge

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by tutorials, and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

4 x 25% Project


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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