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Unit information: Film Scoring in 2020/21

Unit name Film Scoring
Unit code MUSIM0023
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Farwell
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This practice-led unit builds understanding of the concepts, forms, language, collaborative practices, and creative methods in composing music for film. The unit focuses on dramatic screen works and the “feature film” (whether full length or short). The unit runs in parallel with Professional Techniques, so that growing skill in studio technique support the projects set in Film Scoring. It links also to the start of the Portfolio / Dissertation unit, supported by meetings with potential collaborative partners and with industry guests.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable you to:

  • use appropriate terminology to discuss visual, structural and narrative aspects of film
  • analyse real films and excerpts, ‘spot’ effectively, and create suitable musical concepts that complement the film at multiple scales
  • use the orchestral palette effectively
  • create a ‘pitch’, analyse the brief, and discuss your ideas with directors and producers
  • understand ‘business’ activities such project administration, rights, and marketing; and begin to apply your knowledge

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by tutorials, and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

4 x 25% Project

Reading and References

Recommended or required reading / viewing / listening will be identified in class, with key materials provided. A useful reference book is: Bruce Block The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media (Focal Press, 2007). You will find an extensive list of reading and other materials in the unit booklet for MUSIM0020, Critical Analysis of Media Music.