MUSC3336 Music in Film, TV and Video Games

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Studies; Music Specialist Studies; Music General Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
How does music shape our experience of visual media? Focusing on the relationship between music and the moving image, this unit explores issues and debates surrounding this question from the era of ‘silent' cinema to contemporary film, music videos, TV, video games and other new media. Students are introduced to the history, theory and aesthetics of music used in conjunction with moving images, as well as to the key concepts and methods for their interpretation and analysis. The unit includes consideration of issues such as the role of music as an element of filmic narrative, the use of musical symbolism across different visual media and the status of music as a component of interactivity in gaming.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate familiarity with the key concepts and history of music and the moving image, as well as with primary audio-visual sources and related secondary critical literature; (2) understand the broader aesthetic and contextual matters that condition our understanding of the relationship between music and visual media; and (3) critically analyse the function of music and sound in a range of visual media through a research project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test; (2) short reviews; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Collins
Unit rules
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
Contact hours
seminars: 10 x 2 hours
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