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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2824 Film-Score Creation and Production

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Toby Huelin

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the theory and practice of film-score creation and production, drawing on contemporary research in this area to contextualise subject as practice-research. The composition of a film score is just one of several processes that lead to the synchronisation of music and the moving image, and this module will consider aspects such as spotting, demoing, the role (or curse) of the ‘temp track’, and the technology of film scoring in addition to the creation of film music.


The module introduces students to the processes of film-score creation and production within the field of academic practice-research, highlighting and exploring the relationship between theory and practice in this area. Students will engage with scholarship and practice to develop a holistic understanding of the topic in which creative decisions are informed by research, and appropriate frameworks can be developed within which the creation and production of music for the screen may be understood as a practice-research activity.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate the broadening of their musical knowledge through academic study of the processes of film-score creation and production.
2. Apply appropriate analytical, critical, technological, scientific or comparative methodologies as appropriate to the design and development of a folio of practical work.
3. Demonstrate the development of musical practical and practice-research skills pertinent to the creation and production of film scores.
4. Relate conceptual ideas and theoretical research to practical work.

Skills outcomes
Compositional skills
Applied music technology skills


Students will develop critical understanding of and practical skills in the creation and production of film music through seminar-based discussion and practice. Students will be involved in the development of scoring project through consideration of and engagement in the whole of the process from the selection of a clip to the production of the final score, with class sessions focusing on different aspects of the production process.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.75
Total Contact hours18.25
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be directed to online resources developed to support the module as appropriate, and a reading list will be provided. Students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the relevant research context in their approach to practical work.

Private study time will typically include:
• 7 hours of preparation for and follow up from each seminar (63 hours in total)
• 18.75 hours of self-directed background reading and listening, and use of online video resources as required
• 100 hours for creation of the portfolio, including preparation for the work-in-progress tutorial

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The seminar nature of the classes, and the tutorial will provide opportunities for staff and peer feedback across the module. Staff feedback on interim portfolio assignments and monitoring of progress will also be available via email and/or Minerva.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPractical work100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/12/2023


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