MUS-20066 - Film and Screen Music
Coordinator: Alastair Williams Room: CKF04 Tel: +44 1782 7 33300
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

For students to acquire an understanding of the uses and history of music in the narrative film (and other screen media such as television), and to develop the ability to analyse instances of film/screen music, and to critique its narrative and ideological purposes.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyze the functions of film/screen music and describe in detail the musical parameters being manipulated to perform those functions: 1,2
define and exemplify key concepts in film music theory: 1,2
critique the ideological purposes of film/screen music, illustrating arguments with reference to music, film and cultural theory: 1,2

Study hours

11 hours lectures
11 hours seminars
48 hours lecture and seminar preparation
80 hours work on assignments

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Commentary weighted 30%
1000-word commentary
1000-word commentary on a couple of films or topics considered during the module.

2: Essay weighted 70%
2,000 word essay
Students 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.