Are you looking for a career in the Music Industry as a composer, orchestrator, sound designer, film and media composer, performer, song writer, music producer or game audio professional? Then this music composition course is for you. Box Hill Institute will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to excel in these areas.

Real life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • integrate and collaborate with our sound, performance & business students
  • be mentored by leading industry experts
  • work on real films & games
  • perform your works in our contemporary live venues
  • become an expert on software such as Logic, Ableton and Max for Live
  • access to our flagship studio facility, Sing Sing East
  • access to our internationally-renowned Artist in Residence programs
  • on-campus record label; Tremorverse Records
  • learn audio for VR and augmented reality
  • integrate game compositions with Unity and WWise
  • access to our analogue synth collection and production/writing suites
  • study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • learn from industry professionals
  • music business training
  • dedicated post-production studio

The Bachelor of Applied Music: Composition is specifically designed to support emerging composers with a combination of highly-trained teachers, extraordinary opportunities and unique experiences that create a bridge to industry.

You will learn with, and be mentored by, industry experts in an environment that supports and encourages you to achieve a combination of high level musicianship business acumen and creativity, so you graduate ready to thrive. This is done by integrating real-life industry experiences in a supportive atmosphere. This fusion of education and industry is reflected in our teachers who, as well as teaching, currently work as music professionals at the top of their fields.

As a Composition student, you will work closely with the Music Business, Production and Performance students to create cross-discipline projects in an exciting and talent-rich environment. You’ll also work on real film and game projects with students from Deakin and Swinburne Universities. This means projects are already underway and gaining traction when you graduate. There are many examples of a successful career already beginning while still studying.

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Course admission profile




Course Code BAMC3
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251382;
Study Areas Music
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 3 years, (or PT equivalent)

Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​


Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Full Tuition Fee $16,848.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

February

Full time: 3 years or part time equivalent

Delivery is face-to-face with classes scheduled on weekdays.

The Associate Degree in Applied Music (Composition) is an exit point after 2 years of full time or equivalent of part time study.

Box Hill

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is based primarily on completion of Year 12 undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (this includes both Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year or within the previous 2 years.

Year 12 VTAC applicants must have:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE Composition / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in composition
  • successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes, and a musicianship test. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for composition through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and portfolio. The portfolio can contain any combination of the following: recorded pieces, demo tracks, recommendations, testimonials, statement of results, compositions and any other supporting evidence you believe is relevant to the application.
  • Musicianship test – you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test following your audition. Applicants who do not meet the entry-level musicianship theory test but meet all other entry requirements may be invited to attend an intensive Summer School course during December.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants who have completed a VET course of study in composition or similar at a public TAFE or other VET provider either recently or some time ago are welcome to apply.  Applicants seeking to enrol at Box Hill Institute after completing VET study at another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). All applications for RPL are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes has been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE Composition / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in composition
  • successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes, and a musicianship test. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for composition through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and portfolio. The portfolio can contain any combination of the following: recorded pieces, demo tracks, recommendations, testimonials, statement of results, compositions and any other supporting evidence you believe is relevant to the application.
  • Musicianship test – you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test following your audition. Applicants who do not meet the entry-level musicianship theory test but meet all other entry requirements may be invited to attend an intensive Summer School course during December.

 

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience have left secondary education more than 2 years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education.  This includes mature age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience.  Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped them to prepare for tertiary education or are relevant to Composition.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE Composition / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in Composition
  • successfully completed an individual face to face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes duration, and a musicianship test. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for Composition through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and portfolio. The portfolio can contain any combination of the following: recorded pieces, demo tracks, recommendations, testimonials, statement of results, compositions and any other supporting evidence you believe is relevant to the application.
  • Musicianship test– you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test following your audition. Applicants who do not meet the entry-level musicianship theory test but meet all other entry requirements may be invited to attend an intensive Summer School course during December.

 

Applicants with Higher Education study

Applicants who have completed some of a higher education course, either at non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, are welcome to apply.  Applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL).   All applications for RPL are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes has been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE Composition / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in Composition
  • successfully completed an individual face to face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes duration, and a musicianship test. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for Composition through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and portfolio. The portfolio can contain any combination of the following: recorded pieces, demo tracks, recommendations, testimonials, statement of results, compositions and any other supporting evidence you believe is relevant to the application.
  • Musicianship test– you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test following your audition. Applicants who do not meet the entry-level musicianship theory test but meet all other entry requirements may be invited to attend an intensive Summer School course during December.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry to: 

  • Box Hill Institute’s Master of Music (Contemporary Practice)
  • honours, postgraduate diploma and master’s courses at your chosen university

 

VTAC application and direct entry available

Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must: 

All other applicants must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Graduates will be able to:

  • reflect skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the creative and performing arts discipline of music
  • review, analyse and consolidate conceptual theories and processes in music creation and practice through integrated creative, critical and reflective thought
  • utilise cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of the body of knowledge as applicable to music creation and practice
  • recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to problem-solving practice in the creative and performing arts discipline of music
  • interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments coherently
  • develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice
  • apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression
  • work independently and collaboratively in the creative and performing arts discipline of music in response to project demands

After completing this course, you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities in the music (and related) industries. The range of roles in these industries are many and varied, and may include:

  • composer for film, TV & games
  • sound designer
  • musical director
  • concert music composer
  • writer and arranger
  • producer/programmer/designer of music and multimedia software packages
  • music artist, performer and many more.

Related industries may include recording industry, music publishing, live performance, music retail, advertising, radio, film, video and television, music therapy, music education and music media.

You will be required to study the following units:

  • first year – 14 core 
  • second year – 12 core and 2 electives
  • third year – 12 core and 2 electives

We expect to enrol between 25 and 60 students.

Year 1 Core

Code

Title

Points

MUT121 COMPOSITION STUDIES 1 6.0

Composition Studies 1 is the first of six composition studies subjects. The composition studies stream focusses on developing, applying and refining techniques, skills and devices pertinent to contemporary composers.

Composition Studies 1 aims to equip students with a thorough understanding of the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, textural and structural elements of music and the ability to apply this knowledge in composition. Through a variety of ongoing exercises in analysis and composition students will acquire and consolidate knowledge of technical and aesthetic aspects of composing. Particular attention will be paid to learning the principles of the motivic and rhythmic development. Assessments will include composing melodies to given chordal progressions and following the conventions of specific musical styles.

The weekly forum provides an opportunity for students to interact with their peers, as well as other students from the Music Department in an open and flexible format.

Contact hours are 4 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: None
Assessment: Assessment:
1. Composition 1, motivic work 30%
2. Composition 2, Melodic work 30%
3. Composition 2, Score analysis project 40%

MUT122 COMPOSITION STUDIES 2 6.0

Composition Studies 2 is the second of six composition studies subjects. The composition studies stream focusses on developing, applying and refining techniques, skills and devices pertinent to contemporary composers.

Composition Studies 2 continues to develop students’ understanding of the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, textural and structural elements of music and ability to apply this knowledge in composition. This class introduces students to the fundamentals of orchestration and the concepts of music arranging. Students will apply the principles of counterpoint and harmonisation, motivic development, extension of themes, development of rhythmic and textural devices and creation of convincing musical forms in their creative work. Through a variety of ongoing exercises in analysis and composition, students will consolidate knowledge of technical and aesthetic aspects of composition and continue to develop a vocabulary of compositional techniques and ideas.

The weekly forum provides an opportunity for students to interact with their peers, as well as other students from the Music Department in an open and flexible format.

Contact hours are 4 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 1
Assessment: Assessment 1. String Transcriptions, plus a Piano and String Exercise. 30%
Assessment 2. Voice Exercise 15%
Assessment 3. Arranging Project 55%

MUT123 COMPOSITION CONTENT B1: SONGWRITING 1 3.0

Songwriting 1 is the first in a sequence of four songwriting subjects. Students undertaking Songwriting 1 will analyse many of the musical devices and conventions that exist in popular and jazz song genres and then apply this knowledge to their own compositional endeavours, at an introductory level. The content of 'Principles of Songwriting' is iterative. Although each level has a particular focus, the songwriter's creative building blocks of melody, harmony, lyric, form, groove and style or character are revisited and explored with increasing sophistication in all four levels of the subject. The delivery style of all four levels includes the same four basic components. 1. Composing independently. 2. Collaboration i.e. working with others to compose and develop songs. 3. Presentation/Publishing (the word 'Publishing' is used loosely to mean the issuing of a copy or copies and includes a broad focus on contemporary technology). 4. Performance (which takes many forms and includes attempts to reach out to the community in which the course operates). Songwriting 1 is delivered at an introductory level, presenting students with basic concepts on which to develop their individual voice in songwriting.
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Collaborative song writing project 40% Song Composition, equivalent to 750 words 60%

MUT124 COMPOSITION CONTENT B2: SONGWRITING 2 3.0

Songwriting 2 is the second in a sequence of four songwriting subjects. In Songwriting 2, students will analyse many of the musical devices and conventions that exist in popular and jazz song genres and then apply this knowledge to their own compositional endeavours. Songwriting 2 will primarily deal with lyric writing and form, with some focus on groove, style and character. This subject includes four basic components: 1) independent composition, 2) collaborative composition, 3) presentation/publishing, and 4) performance. The term 'publishing' is used loosely in the context of this subject, focusing on contemporary technology and meaning the issuing of one or more copies. Performance may take many forms and includes ‘reach out’ events in the community in which the course operates. Songwriting 2 is delivered at an intermediate level, building on concepts explored in Songwriting 1. Students will continue to develop a sense of personal style in songwriting, and gain a deeper insight into structures and techniques in contemporary song writing.
Prerequisites: Songwriting 1
Assessment: Reflective Journal - incorporating song drafts and task (equivalent 1000 words) 30% Class participation/song draft presentation (equivalent 500 words) 10% Song Composition (equivalent 1500 words) 60%

MUT125 COMPOSITION CONTENT A1: FILMSCORING 1 3.0

Composition A1: Introduction to Film Scoring 1 is the first of six film and media subjects designed to equip students with the necessary introductory skills and knowledge required to identify, describe, compose and arrange music for film cues. Through the historical study and introduction to theoretical analysis of film music, students will develop an understanding of the aesthetic role and function of music in the film context. Students will consider film scores with reference to established compositional techniques and their applications in defined social, historical and commercial contexts. Using these aesthetic and musical concepts as the foundation, students will develop compositional skills pertinent to film music.
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Essay on an historical aspect of music for film (1000 words) 40% Analysis and Essay (1000 words) on use of music in assigned films 40% Scoring Assignment, equivalent to 500 words 20%

MUT126 COMPOSITION CONTENT A2: FILMSCORING 2 3.0

Composition A2: Introduction to film scoring II is the second of six film and media subjects designed to equip students with the necessary developing skills and knowledge required to identify, describe, compose and arrange music for film cues. Through the historical study and introduction to theoretical analysis of the various genres of post-1950s film music, students will further develop understanding of the aesthetic role and function of music in the film context. Students will consider film scores with reference to established compositional techniques and their applications in defined social, historical and commercial contexts. Using these aesthetic and musical concepts as the foundation, students will continue to develop compositional skills pertinent to film music.
Prerequisites: Filmscoring 1
Assessment: Class exercises 40% Swinburne University collaboration or alternative - compose, edit and synchronise music to a short movie extract (equivalent 750 words) 60%

Year 2 Core

Code

Title

Points

MUT221 COMPOSITION STUDIES 3 6.0

Composition Studies 3 is the third of six composition studies subjects. The composition studies stream focusses on developing, applying and refining techniques, skills and devices pertinent to contemporary composers.

In Composition Studies 3, students continue to develop compositional techniques that include motivic development, extension of themes, development of rhythmic devices, texture as a compositional determinant and creation of convincing musical forms. Students will concentrate on composing for the orchestra, learning ranges of the instruments, specifics of the playing techniques and transposition. Knowledge and skill in the use of appropriate voicing and timbre combinations, and the practical application of contrapuntal writing in the Baroque style are central elements of this study. Students will develop more extensive compositional resources to support their developing conceptual and expressive palette. Students will aim to develop considerable fluency in stylistic part writing and part ‘interlocking’ as a foundation for the orchestral cue construction. Through a variety of ongoing exercises in analysis and composition, students will consolidate knowledge of technical and aesthetic aspects of composing and continue to develop a vocabulary of compositional techniques and ideas.

The weekly forum provides an opportunity for students to interact with their peers, as well as other students from the Music Department in an open and flexible format.

Contact hours are 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 2
Assessment: 1. Woodwind Composition 25%
2. Brass and Percussion Composition 25%
3. Composition analysis for full orchestra 25%
4. Orchestra Exercises 25%

MUT222 COMPOSITION STUDIES 4 6.0

Composition Studies 4 is the fourth of six composition studies subjects. The composition studies stream focusses on developing, applying and refining techniques, skills and devices pertinent to contemporary composers.

In Composition Studies 4 students will focus on the concepts of arranging and orchestration with particular emphasis on writing for large ensembles. Concepts will include instrumental colour, layering and balance, inventiveness and applications of compositional techniques and devices to arranging skills. Composition exercises may include writing for traditional and unconventional instrumental groups, and using advanced compositional and orchestration techniques to create appropriate but interesting variations of foundation motifs and melodies arrangements. Students will acquire more extensive compositional resources to support their developing conceptual and expressive palettes, motivic and melodic development, extension of themes, development of rhythmic devices, use of texture as a compositional determinant and creation of convincing musical forms.

The weekly forum provides an opportunity for students to interact with their peers, as well as other students from the Music Department in an open and flexible format.

Contact hours are 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 3
Assessment: 1. Counterpoint exercises 20%
2. Lead-sheet exercise 10%
3. Major project 1: Florid Counterpoint 20%
4. Major Assignment 2: Big Band composition 50%

MUT223 COMPOSITION CONTENT B3: MEDIA TECHNOLOGY 1 3.0

Composition B3: Media Technology is designed to equip students with the technological skills expected of those working at a professional level in the modern music industry. Students will engage in advanced MIDI projects and undertake advanced exercises using the latest sequencing software. Students will record and edit sound waves, and apply appropriate effects in order to modify and enhance various sounds, and create non-traditional soundscapes in virtual environments. Through a series of explorative aural exercises, students will learn to differentiate between various sounds and make artistic judgment while synthesising new timbres. Ideas of Shafer will be introduced in this class and explored through discussions and practical exercises. Students will further develop the skill of active listening through learning to identify a variety of sounds and sound variations occurring in given environments and use this knowledge when creating their own soundscapes. In a major class project, students will replicate a given musical example, trying to achieve the exact sound of the original.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: None
Assessment: 1. Sample Bases Composition 40%
2. Synth Programming task 60%

MUT224 COMPOSITION CONTENT B4: MEDIA TECHNOLOGY 2 3.0

Composition B4: Media Technology is designed to further develop students’ technological skills needed for working at a professional level in the modern music industry. Students will engage in advanced MIDI and audio projects and undertake advanced exercises using the latest sequencing software. As a preparatory step toward creating more complex virtual environments, students will learn to construct timelines specifying the occurrence of sonic events, applying and enhancing their active listening skills and knowledge acquired during the previous semester. Students will work with visual material, synchronising audio events with visual cues. Students will create sound tracks that realistically reproduce the entire sound palette that would naturally occur in the given video clips. During such projects students will use their creative judgment to craft aesthetically advanced synthesised and recorded sounds with appropriate effects.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Media Technology 1
Assessment: 1. Mixing Assessment 40%
2. Major composition using extended techniques 60%

MUT225 COMPOSITION CONTENT A3 3.0

Composition A3: Scoring for Media 1 focuses on composing for documentaries and corporate videos. Students will encounter practical aspects of carrying out film composition projects including budgeting, scheduling, calculating SMPTE, developing scoring concepts and using technology for recording and timing music. This subject aims to give students a thorough understanding of the application of contrapuntal composition to film composition. Students will study compositional techniques employed by various film composers, and apply their knowledge in scoring a series of short musical excerpts to accompany film sequences. Up-to-date technology will be used in this class to synchronise music scores to film. Students will further their ability to evoke an emotional response and reflect/enhance dramatic action in the film with music. The analysis of the film industry structure will enable students to perform in accord with the defined industry roles. Students will create scoring exercises throughout the semester, one of which will include a cueing exercise using a Yamaha Synclavier.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content A2
Assessment: 1. Scoring Exercises 30%
2. Oral Presentation and scoring assignment 30%
3. Documentary Assignment Including Oral Presentation 40%

MUT226 COMPOSITION CONTENT A4 3.0

Scoring for Media 2 focuses on composing for film, TV and multi-media. Through various investigative and analytical activities, students will examine the requirements and standards set in place by the industry, and will compose music that reflects their understanding and ability to follow the standards whilst demonstrating creativity and independent thinking. Students will gain knowledge of the latest software geared toward composing for media and employ the appropriate software in their class projects. Students will continue to view and analyse existing, exemplary applications of the concepts studied in class in commercial music.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content A3
Assessment: 1. Scoring Exercises 30%
2. Scoring Assignment 30%
3. Major Project – collaborative work with Swinburne University film students 40%

Year 3 Core

Code

Title

Points

MUT321 COMPOSITION STUDIES 5 6.0

Contemporary Composition Techniques will focus on the applications of compositional developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to the composition of concert music, and film and media scores. The aesthetic differences between composing functional music and concert music will be examined. The focus will be on compositional processes, particularly algorithmic compositional processes as they have been applied to the organisation of various musical parameters, but especially pitch and rhythmic organisation. Complex musical structures of seminal works will be studied and analysed. The concepts of integer notation, pitch-class, interval-class, interval vector, common tone theorems, set symmetry and pitch-class set relationships will be examined. Students will be required to compose works utilising set theory and related theories. The application of mathematics to composition in the works of various composers will be examined. Extended instrumental techniques and unconventional music notations will be examined and utilised in students’ composition assignments. The emancipation of dissonance, instrument exploration, new notations, indeterminacy, microtonality, micropolyphony and stochastics will be studied and applied in students’ works.

Contact hours are 4hrs each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 4
Assessment: Assessment 1: Composition Assignment 1 – New Sounds and New Notations 30%
Assessment 2: Composition Assignment 2 Exploration od Sound Mass 40%
Assessment 3: Composition Assignment 3 Minimalist work for Disklavier 30%

MUT322 COMPOSITION STUDIES 6 6.0

Composition Studies 6: Senior Concert can be considered to be the capstone experience for composition students at Box Hill Institute. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor, either in small groups or individually, to compose, prepare and present a concert of their own works. The intent of this subject is to bring the previous composition studies subjects together to create a representative folio of works of the graduating student. It is anticipated that senior concerts will be presented during the final weeks of semester, with performances involving collaboration with both performance and audio students.

Contact hours are 4 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 5
Assessment: 1. Scoring Exercises 30%
2. Scoring Assignment 30%
3. Major Project – collaborative work with Swinburne University film students 40%

MUT323 COMPOSITION CONTENT B5: SOUND DESIGN 1 3.0

Composition B5: Sound Design will introduce students to the history of sound design, various sound design platforms and MIDI orchestration in relation to the production of sound design. This subject will explore industry roles and skills of a contemporary sound designer. Students will be introduced to Foley, diegetic and non-diegetic sounds for film and games, and the affective relationship between sound and image. Students will be required to produce sound designs for moving images within short time frames, thereby emulating real conditions in the film and game audio industries.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: None
Assessment: Assessment 1: Senior Concert preview – discussion and pre-concert performance demonstrating work toward senior concert 20%
Assessment 2: Senior Concert 50%
Assessment 3: Senior Concert Folio 30%

MUT324 COMPOSITION CONTENT B6: SOUND DESIGN 2 3.0

Composition B6: Sound Design aims to further develop students’ skills and abilities to compose music and sound design for film and games using appropriate design and composition platforms. Students will further develop their understanding of the history of film, and game sound design and music, methods and techniques of creating sound designs, and the roles and approaches of various film composers and sound designers. They will also explore and use various technologies for composition and sound design, and develop their understanding of affective relationship between sound and image to an advanced level. Students will be required to produce high quality sound designs for moving images within short time frames, thereby emulating real conditions in the film and game audio industries.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content B5
Assessment: Assessment 1: Sound Design Review 20%
Assessment 2: MIDI Composition and Foley Sound Design Assignment 20%
Assessment 3: Final Sound Design Project 60%

MUT325 COMPOSITION CONTENT A5 3.0

Composition A5: Advanced Film Scoring 1 is the fifth of six film and media subjects designed to advance students’ ability to analyse, evaluate, compose and arrange music for various media. This subject builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired in the previous semesters, but takes a more practical approach to learning composition and scoring techniques in composing music for film. In Advanced Film Scoring 1, students will consolidate and synthesise their knowledge of music scoring techniques by creating music for a range of film projects for in-house and/or external clients. The projects will simulate the film industry and the processes in which composers work with directors and producers. In collaboration with clients, students will create the music from thematic design through to musical arrangement and final recorded soundtrack.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content A4
Assessment: Assessment 1: Concept Exercise 10%
Assessment 2: Motives Exercise 10%
Assessment 3: ‘The Godfather’ Analysis 20%
Assessment 4: ‘The Pact’ Thriller Theme 10%
Assessment 5: Students will compose a soundtrack to a section of a film 50%

MUT326 COMPOSITION CONTENT A6 3.0

Composition A6: Advanced Film Scoring 2

This is the last of six film and media subjects designed to advance students’ ability to analyse, evaluate, compose and arrange music for various media. This subject builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired in the previous semesters, but takes a more practical approach to developing composition and scoring techniques in composing music for media. The concepts introduced in the previous semester will be reinforced and developed through lectures and practical composition exercises.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content A5
Assessment: Assessment 1: Film Scoring Assignment 1 20%
Assessment 2: Film Scoring Assignment 2 20%
Assessment 3: Scoring of a Short Film 60%

Electives

Code

Title

Points

BSP119 GAME AUDIO 1 3.0

In game audio 1, students will be introduced to the world of game audio and look at the varied roils and tools used by those in the game industry. This unit focuses on the collection, creation, management, and delivery of sounds for games, as well as gaining an understanding on how programmers intergrade sounds within games. Students will create preproduction documents, prepare scripts, record sound effects and dialogue, source music, and apply all sound elements within a game level, using the game audio program Wwise.
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: Analyse Game Sound Design and presentation 15% Assessment 2: Sound Design document and Assets List 15% Assessment 3: Asset Library delivery 30% Assessment 4: Mixed Sound Design for Game Level 40%

BSP129 GAME AUDIO 2 3.0

In Game Audio 2, students complete a major project involving the development and creation of sound assets, and the integration of these sound assets within a game level. To emulate the development of a game students will go through the following four stages:

  • Engage with community
  • Submit a Vertical Slice (a proof of concept to iterate from),
  • Engage with industry
  • Complete their game projects

Students will use industry standard tools such as Unity3D and Wwise, as well as a looking at a variety of tools for occlusion and spatial audio mixing. For the latter, the focus will be on concepts, as tools in this part of the industry are evolving rapidly.Students will be preparing for entrance into the industry, networking with fellow students at other institutions, and constructing their online presence, and folio, in preparation for local and online industry events


Prerequisites: Game Audio 1
Assessment: Assessment 1: Analyse Limbo Audio (quiz) 10% Assessment 2: Audio Design Document plus vertical slice 15% Assessment 3: Industry Profile 30% Assessment 4: 3D Audio Concepts Quiz 20% Assessment 5: Submission of Unity 3D game and documentation 40%

MUT151 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 1 3.0

Through performing in ensembles, you acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in music performance, which complement and broaden the knowledge that you receive through your specialised disciplines. You may elect to concentrate on an instrument that is not your primary focus (guitar workshop, percussion workshop or keyboard workshop), or to participate in an ensemble that augments your study on your primary instrument (Afrobeat collective, Soul Lab, Choir, Percussion Workshop or Jazz Ensemble).
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: Mid-semester performance assessment (15 minutes) 30% Assessment 2: Ongoing assessment tasks (may be written, or practical, or a combination) (equivalent to 500 words) 20% Assessment 3: End-of-semester performance (20 minutes) 50%

MUT152 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 2 3.0

Through performing in ensembles, you acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in music performance, which complement and broaden the knowledge that you receive through your specialised disciplines. Ideally, you will take the same subject/ensemble for a full academic year, ensuring consistency and stability of performance groups. You may elect to concentrate on an instrument that is not your primary focus (guitar workshop, percussion workshop or keyboard workshop), or to participate in an ensemble that augments your study on your primary instrument (Afrobeat collective, Soul Lab, Choir, Percussion Workshop or Jazz Ensemble).
Prerequisites: Instrument Studies 1
Assessment: Assessment 1: Attendance/Participation and weekly preparation 30% Assessment 2: Mid Semester Assessment 30% Assessment 3: End-of-semester Performance 40%

BSP110 BEAT CYPHER 1 3.0

The beat cypher elective will help students refine their compositional and production practices whilst learning about working within an artist collective project. Students are tasked with creating original electronic music projects each week using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), adhering to certain restrictions. The subject aims to engage students in a process or rapid iteration to enforce good habits for effective DAW work flow practices and confident creative execution. Through presentation, peer review and self reflection students will develop their composition and production techniques. The subject also has students take ownership or completing a collected work, with input from all stakeholders, using practical project management skills mirroring artist collectives and formalized industry bodies.
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: Beat Cypher tasks 60% Assessment 2: Create a short peer review of another students work 20% Assessment 3: Create a peer review of another students work and self-reflection of the students own development 30%

BSP120 BEAT CYPHER 2 3.0

Students continue to refine their composition and production skills by using a Digital Audio Workstation to complete a new series of compositions. Further practice and repetition will continue to assist students in refining an efficient work regimen and ability to respond to deadlines. In Beat Cypher 2, students are also tasked to explore new and unfamiliar creative processes through a gamified challenge system. Each student is given the responsibility to control their set of restrictions and encouraged to explore new techniques and expand their repertoire. There is also a greater level of control and responsibility in the student’s hands to influence the creative direction of the whole group, including the development of shared resources. Throughout this process students explore collaboration and a greater involvement in the creation of their multiple collected works mirroring artist collectives and formalised industry bodies. Students will receive constant feedback on their progress, through a variety of methods, to assist their development. Through presentation, peer review and self reflection students will continue to refine their critical analysis skills and appropriate vocabulary across topics such as the creative process, musical composition and production techniques.
Prerequisites: Beat Cypher 1
Assessment: Assessment 1: Beat Cypher tasks 60% Assessment 2: Create a short peer review of another students work 10% Assessment 3: Create a peer review of another students work and self-reflection of the students own development 30%

MUT381 STUDIO TEACHING 1 3.0

Studio Teaching 1 aims to provide students with the basic principles and practical applications of teaching the beginning instrumental or voice student in the studio setting. Through the study of learning theories and perspectives in pedagogical approaches, students will develop a foundation for teaching beginning instrumental or vocal students. Students will analyse curriculum design and implementation to engender a musically creative and expressive teaching and learning environment. The study of interpersonal and communication skills in relation to effective teaching practices will enable students to create positive teacher-student relationships. At the completion of the unit, students will have created lesson plans, repertoire lists, strategies for overcoming common technical issues, and a pedagogical toolbox to draw upon when commencing teaching.
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Presentation: 5-minute lesson - 'Introduction to rhythm reading'. 20% Two lesson observation reports 20% Pedagogy Portfolio: The Beginning Student 60%

MUT382 STUDIO TEACHING 2 3.0

Building on concepts learned in Studio Teaching 1, students will undertake lesson observations and a teaching practicum of five lessons. Ongoing reflection and refinement in their practicum teaching will enable students to develop personal philosophies as a basis for their pedagogical approach. Students will undertake a survey of teaching methods related to their instrument and examine recent pedagogical research, including strategies for motivating students. Music examination curricula, with a focus on VCE Music Performance, will provide students with knowledge and skills required to satisfy these assessment requirements. The responsibilities, processes and logistics for setting up a studio will be investigated, culminating in the creation of a music studio plan. At the completion of this unit, students will be prepared to commence teaching in their studio or in a school setting, with a collection of pedagogical tools and ideas to teach a diverse range of learners. The importance of undertaking ongoing professional learning will be reinforced through the various learning tasks in this unit.
Prerequisites: Studio Teaching 1
Assessment: VCE Music Assignment, recital preparation and technical SAC preparation 45% Lesson Video:a)Lesson plan, b) Lesson video: 30 minutes, and c) lesson reflection 55%


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