Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Why do films have music? How does music help a film to tell its story? Do we actually hear film music? Does music make perceivers more receptive to a film's ideological content? This module will explore questions along these lines, while enabling students:- to acquire an understanding of the uses and history of music in the narrative film (and, by extension, in other screen media, e.g., television, computer games) - to develop the ability to analyze instances of film/screen music, and to critique its narrative and ideological purposes - to learn a basic vocabulary of music analytical tools - to gain a basic understanding of narrative theory, and - to develop analytical and other scholarly skills through written assignments, classroom contributions and independent research. The first half of the module will proceed by building up a theoretical base for understanding and analyzing filmic narrativity and, crucially, music's place within the filmic discourse; the second half of the module will then progress through a series of case studies exploring examples from Hollywood and non-Hollywood scoring practice. A basic knowledge of music theory and some practical musical ability may be advantageous to students taking this module, but is not necessary.'Narrative Film Music' by Claudia Gorbman, Yale French Studies , No. 60, Cinema/Sound (1980), pp. 183-203. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2930011andKathryn Kalinak's book 'Film Music: A Very Short Introduction' (OUP, 2010).
For students to acquire an understanding of the uses and history of music in the narrative film (and other screen media, e.g., television, computer games), and to develop the ability to analyze instances of film/screen music, and to critique its narrative and ideological purposes.
Intended Learning Outcomes
analyze the functions of film/screen music and describe in detail the musical parameters being manipulated to perform those functions: 1,2define and exemplify key concepts in film music theory: 1,2critique the ideological purposes of film/screen music, illustrating arguments with reference to music, film and cultural theory: 1,2
10 hours lectures10 hours seminars1 hour tutorial50 hours lecture and seminar preparation79 hours work on assignments
1: Commentary weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
1000-word commentary1000-word commentary on a couple of films or topics considered during the module.2: Essay weighted 70%
2,000 word essayStudents choose to answer an essay question, addressing a theoretical issue or providing a close analysis of a film scene, from a range of options, developing out of seminars delivered during the module. 2,000 words.