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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LISS1015 Music in Film

10 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Toby Huelin
Email: mctmh@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

GPA of 2.8 (US) or equivalent and enrolled at a university

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

This module offers an introduction to the history of film scoring from the silent era through to the present. The function of music in a multimedia context will be discussed and students will be introduced to basic analytical techniques that can be used to interpret the role of music in films.

The module will also introduce elements of the processes of film scoring through a case study of the work of composer Trevor Jones in order to demonstrate aspects of theory in practice.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- recognise the history of film soundtracks from the silent era through to the present;
- recognise the contributions of a range of film composers;
- understand and engage with theoretical debates in the history of film music study at an introductory level;
- analyse sequences from individual film soundtracks with reference to the ideas and approaches covered in the course.


Syllabus

This module offers an introduction to the history of film scoring from the silent era through to the present. The function of music in a multimedia context will be discussed and students will be introduced to basic analytical techniques that can be used to interpret the role of music in films, television and other audio-visual contexts.

No prior knowledge of musical notation or film-scoring processes is required for this module.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Preparation Class00.0015.00
Fieldwork18.008.00
Lecture83.0024.00
Private study hours53.00
Total Contact hours47.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private Study Time might typically break down as follows:
• 10 hours Cultural Field Trip
• 8 hours preparing for group presentation
• 11 hours preparing for individual presentation
• 24 reading and film viewing (3 hours per lecture)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participation in class.
Achievement in and contribution to group presentation (Thursday of week 1)
Achievement in individual presentation (Thursday of week 2)

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationIndividual Presentation (c. 10 minutes). This will be an analysis of the use of music in a scene drawn from a film or TV programme not covered in the course, using the techniques covered in the course.60.00
PresentationGroup presentation (c. 15 minutes). This will be a critical evaluation of a set text, and demonstration of ideas using appropriate audio-visual examples.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Group presentation: critical evaluation of a set text, and demonstration of ideas using appropriate audio-visual examples. Individual presentation: analysis of the use of music in a scene drawn from a film or TV programme not covered in the course, using the techniques covered in the course.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:24:23

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