This unit extends your experience into the professional sphere, either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry. Projects and placements take place in a set network of art, design and media organisations in the region, but can also be arranged by individual students if based on similar frameworks of professional development and experience. The PDP also takes place in this unit.
Practice 1 Media: Project Synopsis and Development
The unit will develop the outline and first framework for a future large-scale project by investigating a range of practical research methods, and experimenting and exploring with the innovative application of related media and theory content, through visual and theoretical outputs and display forms. This unit explores the pre-production and prototyping phase of the specialist creative process and project development.
Practice 2 Media: Music and Sound Major Project
This unit builds upon the previous practice 1 unit and provides an opportunity to take forward compositional, sound design and production concepts to completion within a variety of media contexts. Within this unit students will be expected to resolve a comprehensive understanding of individual and/or collaborative practice within music and sound for the digital arts, its place in relation to the broader related discipline and the potential professionalisation and sustainability of their future practice.
Likely Optional Units
Sound Design for Interactivity
You will acquire and develop underpinning critical theory and practical skills in the capture, processing and integration of sound for a variety of interactive media contexts. Focusing primarily on the application of sound within non-linear narrative, you will analyse, prototype and critically evaluate adaptive and immersive environments from the perspectives of user experience, practical application and overall aesthetic.
Within this option, you will develop their compositional skills and apply these skills to a variety of digital arts practices. This will be achieved through three broad strands of activity:
- Contextual Frameworks: Tutor-led seminars will explore current and historic practices through exploration of a range of key practitioners and key works in the field of music and digital arts.
- Practice: You will negotiate and develop a practical portfolio of compositions that draw on the approaches explored during the tutor-led seminars. Suggested areas of composition practice may include: music for screen (TV adverts; computer games; film (any genre); animation); music for theatre; popular song on screen.
- Critical Reflection: each composition project will include a short analysis that contextualizes the portfolio, in relation to the wider context and lineage of contemporary arts practice/practitioners studied and compositional techniques explored.
Contemporary Screen Music Studies
This option engages students with the wealth of new scholarship in the field of music and sound for screen media. Drawing on disciplines as diverse as cognitive psychology, post-colonial studies, semiotics and cultural studies, this literature addresses key questions regarding how we 'read' the audio elements of screen media, the cultural values and ideology manifest in screen music practices, and the impact of new media on the way screen music is produced, disseminated and understood.
Improvisation for Screen
This option will present you with a series of practical projects through which strategies and skills necessary for devising and improvising music, sound and contemporary body music for the moving image will be developed. Tutor-led seminars will provide you with a set of contextual frameworks for improvisation for silent film and digital media, and thematic improvisation workshops (animation, film, video installation, fashion events, etc.)