Online Master's Degree Course

Film Score Analysis


Authored by Timothy Huling


Course Code: OCOMP-525

Now Enrolling for Sept 30 Term Start

Level 5 - Degree Only

Level 5

In this course you’ll examine the role of music in visual storytelling, explore how film composers establish and use an effective musical vocabulary, and learn to see films through the lens of a filmmaker. Analysis in this course emphasizes thematic and textural development and other musical elements that contribute to the overall narrative of the picture. You will learn how to utilize different dimensions of music—such as tempo, rhythm, timbre, harmonic language, and melodic contour— to support film in specific ways: expressing the film’s narrative structure, the characters’ transformation, the world of the film, the characters’ inner life, and more. We’ll also investigate how musical choices reflect the filmmakers’ visual choices in the making of their movie: shot angles, color palette, editing, and more. Each week during the first half of the semester, the course will cover one dimension of music and how it relates to the film and the story. During the second half of the term, we will deeply explore the music of a specific film each week.

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This course will not only help you become a more effective film composer, but a more effective dramatist. This course will cover textural and electronic scores, in addition to traditional scores, and will emphasize a variety of genres and a diverse set of filmmakers and composers.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how a film composer's musical choices support storytelling in film

  • Recognize recurring themes and understand theme transformation in film music

  • Analyze non-thematic film scores

  • Articulate a general breadth of knowledge in film

  • Identify basic filmmaking techniques and camera shots

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General Course Requirements

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  • Latest version of  Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software (available in the course when joining your first chat)
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal Microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection



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