Film Studies and Music Technology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

A degree in Film Studies and Music Technology provides an opportunity to look at these technological art forms from a historical and creative perspective. 

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: PJ3X

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Course Overview

Film Studies and Music Technology

School link:
School of Humanities

You will look at the history of film across various cultural, political and aesthetic contexts, thinking creatively about the evolving form and significance of the medium, and the expressive options available to filmmakers around the world. You will also have the option to produce your own creative work in practical filmmaking modules. At the same time, you will undertake innovative, cutting-edge study and practice in the application of technology to composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio-visuals and music software.

This combination of subjects enables you to a critical and analytical approach to the study of film and music. You will study many different styles and genres, tailoring your degree to your own individual interests and passions, with the option to do extended independent projects in your final year. You will have the opportunity to invent, capture, record, mix and manipulate audio/visual content using advanced digital media. You will also explore theories of sound and vision, alongside the histories of cinematic and audio technology. 

What will this mean for my future?

This degree offers a set of key and transferable skills, both technical and research-oriented, that lend themselves to a variety of employment options in the creative industries and beyond. Career paths open to graduates in this programme include work in film, television and radio, recording, production, sound design, soundtrack creation, software design, song writing and performance, as well as original audio and audiovisual composition, studio work, and teaching at all levels of education. You’ll develop a wide range of skills in presentation, writing, project management and critical thinking that can be transferred to many other professions: our graduates also work, for instance, as solicitors, journalists, civil servants and in business.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Reading Film
  • Film History and Theory
  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Sonic Arts Repertoire
  • Composing with Sound
  • Sound Recording
  • Digital Video

Second year 

  • Documentary Film Theory and Practice
  • Creative Sound Design
  • Audio-Visual Composition
  • Unheard Melodies:Music in the Narrative Film
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Science Fiction Cinema
  • Meaning in Sonic Arts
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice

Third year 

  • Dissertation in Music Technology
  • Dissertation in Film Studies
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio
  • Music Programming Project