Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hour Lecture-Seminars
Other 10 x 3 hour Viewings


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 (2000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 (3000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 (2000 words) - (to a new title)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 (3000 words) - (to a new title)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the history and traditions of production and reception that define the way sound and music can be (and has been) used in film.

2. Critically examine particular uses of sound and music in film, with respect to production processes, the textual contribution of sound and music and its contribution to reception.

Brief description

This Module will be concerned with the historical development of film sound as a distinct aesthetic element in fil. It will look into production strategies, commercial, promotional and reception concerns and the place of musical accompaniment in audiovisual products. This will include, among others, lecture sessions focusing on the development of Classical Hollywood film music, the Classical Musical film, the employment of popular music in films, and sound and spatiality, and the construction of sonic landscapes.


Outline of lecture programme:

1. Dimensions of sound in film.

2. Analysing film sound.

3. Classical Hollywood film music.

4. The classical film musical.

5. Post-classical film music.

6. The pop musical.

7. Sound in European art cinema.

8. Functions of the voiceover.

9. Sound and spatiality.

10. Sonic landscapes.


This module will allow students of film to further consider one hugely important aspect of fil form that often gets overlooked - sound. Students will become familiar with the history of film sound, and will develop analytical skills that will enable them to analyse th emplyment of sound and music in films.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Seminars will be student-led discussions.
Improving own Learning and Performance The seminars and assessment by two essays will be geared towards continued engagement with the processes of learning.
Information Technology A number of tasks will be run through Blackboard and there will be use of 'blogging' as a method of communication.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving The final two seminar sessions (Sound and Spatiality, and Sonic Landscapes) will require students to design hypothetical sound for a film sequence.
Research skills Both essays will require a significant amount of research.
Subject Specific Skills Students will be partly assessed on their ability to do the following: Engage critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the field and put them to productive use *Understand forms of communication, media and culture as they have emerged historically and appreciate the processes through which they have come into being, with reference to social, cultural and technological change *Examine such forms critically with appropriate reference to the social and cultural contexts and diversity of contemporary society, and have an understanding of how different social groups variously make use of, and engage with, forms of communication, media and culture *Analyse closely, interpret and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding and, as appropriate, evaluation of these forms * Develop substantive and detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more designated areas of the field
Team work The last two seminar sessions (Sound and Spatiality, and Sonic Landscapes) will feature tasks that will require teamwork,


This module is at CQFW Level 6