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. 

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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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Film Studies Year 1 (Level 4)

At Level 4, students will take 15 compulsory credits per semester, in the form of a single 30-credit module running across semesters one and two. In addition to this, students must take at least one further optional module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Approaching Film: History and Theory

30

Reading Film

15

   

Popular British Cinema: from the 90s to the present

15

   

Introduction to European Cinema

15

   

Digital Video

15

 

Music Technology Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology achieved by taking all three compulsory modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subjeOur degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the Music Technology Optional module, Music modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Sonic Arts Repertoire

15

Sound Recording

15

Audio Fundamentals

15

   

Composing with Sound

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

Film Studies Year 2 (Level 5)

At Level 5, students must take at least 45 credits in Film Studies, including one compulsory 30-credit module. In addition to this, students must take at least one further optional module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Hollywood and Beyond:

Global Popular Cinemas

30

Adaptation

15

   

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

   

Science-Fiction Cinema

15

   

French Cinema

15

   

Politics and Cinema

15

   

Documentary Theory and Practice

15

   

Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film

15

 

Music Technology Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology. You MUST take three Optional modules from the list below. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected either from additional Music Technology Optional modules, Music modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Audio-Visual Composition

15

   

Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

15

   

Realtime Sound Processing

15

   

Creative Sound Design

15

   

Meaning in Sonic Arts

15

   

Record Production in Theory and Practice

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

 

Film Studies Year 3 (Level 6)

At Level 6, students must take at least 45 credits in Film Studies, either by choosing three 15-credit optional modules or by choosing a 30-credit Dissertation plus a 15-credit optional module.

Optional modules

Credits

   

ISP (Dissertation) in Film Studies

30

   

British Society Through the Eyes of British Film: 1960’s to the Present Day

15

   

British Women Directors

15

   

Crime in Neoconservative America

 

15

   

World Cinemas in the 21st Century

15

   

Race and Sexuality on Screen

15

   

 

In addition to the elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other programmes closely related to Film such as English Literature, English and American Literature, American Studies, and Media, Culture and Creative Practice
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as History, Psychology, Politics or Music
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest
  • Freestanding modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme employability skills and personal development

 

Music Technology Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum EITHER one of the Music Technology ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music Technology in year 3 may take both Music Technology ISPs (60 credits).

Optional modules (ISP) group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

Music Programming ISP**

30

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming**

15

 

*You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Music Technology in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music Technology. In year 3 you MUST take a Music Technology ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B and C.

Your remaining 30 credits will be selected either from additional Music Technology/Music modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

N.B. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music modules taken as options in years 1 and 2.

Optional Modules group A

(Independent Study Projects)

Credits

Optional modules group C

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Music Programming ISP**

30

Composition 2 (ISP)***

30

   

Recital (ISP)

30

Optional modules group B

 

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

Contextual Studies 1

15

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

Music Programming**

15

Composition 1***

15

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

   

 

*You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

***You cannot take Composition 1 and Composition 2

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music Technology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

In addition to the elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other programmes closely related to Film such as English Literature, English and American Literature, American Studies, and Media, Culture and Creative Practice
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as History, Psychology, Politics or Music
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest
  • Freestanding modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme employability skills and personal development

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az