Music in the Cinema

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDAR1055 MUS (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

GDAR1055 will introduce students to the history and aesthetics of music in the cinema, an every-day experience via TV and video presentations, and one which we take for granted.  The subject will cover the origins of music as an adjunct to drama in different cultures; the proto-cinematic stage of Wagner; and proceed from the use of music in the so-called ‘silent cinema’ through the introduction of recorded sound in the 1920s, to the development of fully synchronized sound and music scores in the 1930s, to the present day with avant-garde and experimental films. Students will acquire skills to identify and evaluate different types of music as expressive and symbolic elements in film, as well as an ability to think critically about cinematic music. Through the critical exploration of a plurimedial and interdisciplinary art form, students will engage with an enriched artistic experience of film.  Previous academic study of music or film is not required.


Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.