• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics and the School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

An exploration of: a) the relationships between image and music, and between music and other elements of the soundtrack; b) various functions of film music through the analysis of selected films (e.g., how music confirms or contradicts visual narratives and how music can support the cinematic construction of gender, class, ethnicity, culture); c) different techniques and aesthetics of selected film music composers and directors (e.g. the Hitchcock/Herrmann collaboration); d) the historical evolution of film music from the silent era through to the present.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying requirements for this course, students will have gained:

  1. Greater awareness of soundtracks, and their interaction with visuals in films.
  2. Knowledge of a range of historical approaches to film scoring.
  3. Skills and tools for approaching and analysing film music.
  4. Skills in analysing film as text via music as narrative device, and as cultural marker.

Indicative Assessment

Close reading/listening excercise (15%, week 5) (LO 1,2,3,4)

Research Essay (35%, due mid semester) (1800 words) (LO 1,2,3,4)

Research Essay (50%, due in examination period) (2200 words) (LO 1,2,3,4)

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3.5 hours week classtime (weekly lecture, weekly tutorial, fortnightly 1 hr. seminar, fortnightly 2-hr. screening). Beyond this, students will be expected to spend 6.5 hours/week on independent study (written, web, visual and/or musical materials).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level courses.

Prescribed Texts

Electronic readings also will be put on the e-reserve for this course.

Preliminary Reading

Chion, Michel, Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, Columbia UP, 1994.

Required Reading - a reading brick to be advised.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have some technical background in one field (e.g. score-reading, or grasp of technical film terms, but not necessarily both).




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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