ATS3828 - Film music - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Professor Mary Finsterer

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit examines the historical development of film music from the silent era through to the present. By investigating the relationship between music and moving image, the unit also explores the different techniques and aesthetics of specific composers (for example, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer).


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Situate select genres within the historical context of film composition;
  2. Identify various compositional techniques employed to support and underpin various narrative structures;
  3. Critically evaluate examples of music composed for films.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.