SCREEN MUSIC STUDIES - 2017/8

Module code: MUSM053

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W613

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500-WORD ANALYTICAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 25
Coursework 3000-WORD EXTENDED PROJECT OR MINI-PORTFOLIO (WITH 10-15 MINUTES MUSIC PLUS 1500-WORD CRITICAL COMMENTARY) 75

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Familiarity with the basic history and theory of screen music

Module overview

The purpose of the module is to develop your existing knowledge of film music theory and scholarship as well as providing opportunities for suitably experienced students to enhance their practice in writing for the screen.

Module aims

To address a range of historical, theoretical and technical aspects of screen (film/video/TV) media and associated musics.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate systematic understanding and critical awareness of the historical development of screen media and associated musics.   KCT
Demonstrate awareness of various aspects of screen music theory and technique such as film form, film and culture, film interpretation and the role of music in film narrative. KCT
Develop aesthetic understanding of, and practical skills and techniques in, image-music synchronization through editing, synthesis, computer scoring, and screen score analysis. KCPT
Demonstrate scholarly and practical skills commensurate with professional standards of research and scoring. CPT
Undertake critical evaluation of current research and associated methodologies and propose alternative hypotheses in the scholarly field. KCT
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work. KCT
Demonstrate independent and self-critical learning and know when and how to make appropriate use of others. CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Analytical, historical and critical aspects of the module will address selected issues as they impinge on the functions and analysis of screen music, such as the sound of silent film, surrealism, the notion of diegesis, science-fiction and horror genres, screen music and temporality, pre-existent music, visual music, jazz on screen, film form and narrative structures

Repertoire will be selected according to the interests of the students and may include silent film, early non-Hollywood sound film, Hollywood Golden Age, Hitchcock, French New Wave, animation, documentary film, horror and sci-fi film, Bunuel, Eisenstein

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module comprises 11 2-hour lectures.The lecturer will introduce key general concepts and specific examples in an overview of the field of study and the critical literature. This will be complemented by tutorial practical tuition (for composers) or tutorial academic discussion (for those choosing the essay option), and developed through class discussion and/or short, prepared presentations by students.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop new, historical, theoretical, critical and aesthetic concepts and practical skills. 

Preparation for, and execution of, the student-led discussions and the first (observational and analytical) assignment provide opportunities for formative assessment and feedback, and a stepping stone to the wider-ranging second assignment

Students will be required to conduct informal discussion at two points during the module, either singly or in groups, on a topic related to the lecture content

Both assignments offer opportunity for (interim) and final summative assessment

Coursework 1 (25% of final grade): analysis of the music and sound of a chosen film extract, involving observation in the form of a detailed cue sheet, used as the basis for critical comment on the function, placing, frequency, and structure of the music cues in relation to image, scene construction and narrative content. (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Coursework 2 (75% of final grade): EITHER an extended written project investigating a topic of special interest to the student (for example a single film, composer, set of related films, idea or concept, historical, analytical, or aesthetic issue within screen music studies); OR a mini portfolio of screen scoring, plus critical commentary outlining the methods and aims of the creative work produced (Learning outcomes 1-7).

Reading list

Reading list for SCREEN MUSIC STUDIES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/musm053

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Conducting) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Composition) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Creative Practice) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Musicology) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Performance) MMus 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.