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MUS3660 - Composition Techniques: Film and Orchestration

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Peter McIlwain


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit will cover three topics related to compositional technique. The first topic will explore the practical and theoretical aspects of film music composition with an emphasis on aesthetic considerations. The topics related to orchestration will cover a range or concepts related to the organization of musical texture and methods for the organisation of timbre in orchestral and ensemble situations


Students who have worked successfully in their studies will be able to; analyse and criticise examples of music composed for films, have a developed understanding of approaches to film composition, analyse musical textures from and orchestrational perspective, and be able to carry out orchestration tasks for standard ensembles up to a full orchestra.


Film Music Assignment (2000 words) : 40%
Orchestration Exercise (1500 word equivalent) : 35%
Style Report (1000 word ) : 25%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture) per week