The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course examines the use of music-related media in a variety of electronic formats (such as audio, MIDI, animations, graphics, video, etc). Students will undertake media research and production tasks to locate, analyse, modify and create material that may be used in musical applications (for example, music video clips). Compilation of this material will culminate in a music project demonstrating the practical application of the media produced.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the skills required to source and create musical multimedia material

2. Demonstrate a comprehension of various media manipulation software packages

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the constructional approaches used in music-oriented multimedia presentations (for example, musical-based slideshows)

4. Demonstrate the ability to combine various forms of digital media into a cohesive form

5. Demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups


Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Editing music digitally for use in digital media presentations
  • The combination of several types of digital media material into cohesive forms (such as sound and pictures)
  • Editing graphics (such as musical notation)
  • Usage of music and video file formats (such as MIDI, MP3 and MPG files)
  • Web based multimedia resources
  • Timelines and visual synchronisation to music

Assumed knowledge

Students undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Project: Music-Oriented Digital Media Project

Project: Music-Related Digital Media Project

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Use of Blackboard discussion forums and email for asynchronous online communication in addition to a synchronous online virtual chat (1 hour) per week.