• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Creative Arts
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kenneth Lampl
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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Music, Sound and the Moving Image offers a dynamic introduction into composition for the moving image. It covers the main aspects of sound including ADR, Foley, and Sound Design, as well as spotting sound and music for film work. Students will record, mix and produce sounds and music as part of a unified whole that allows them to be a one stop shop for sound and music in moving image practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. compose musical scores to selected short films with critically informed practice and musical reflection;
  2. compose in response to external stimuli, temporary music tracks, and current aesthetic models;
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of recording and placement of both Foley and Dialogue Replacement in film; and
  4. critically analyse and discuss your own compositional practice, including in relation to a critique of the writing and artistic work of others in the field of current moving image practice and aesthetics.

Work Integrated Learning


This course gives students real world experience composing a series of tracks for film and video game clips according to prescribed briefs set by the Course Convenor, preparing them for a career as a free-lance media composer. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Creative Assignments (80) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Exegesis (10) [LO 3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks including lectures, workshops and workshop-like activities; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Lampl, Kenneth (2023). Film Music: the Basics. Routledge.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior skills or knowledge in music or music production are needed. The course is designed for both music and non-music majors.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2509 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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