Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course extends the fundamentals of music writing by examining music produced for given contexts, such as still or moving image, games, mobile apps and sound installations. Students will consider common forms of music composition/song writing in addition to more experimental processes in composition and production, invoking creativity and experimentation.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify music written for specific contexts

2. Create a piece of music or sound design for a given context

3. Complete an experimental music or sound recording

4. Evaluate the creative aspects of their own composition


  • Composing and producing music for specific contexts
  • Influences on music composition and production
  • Experimental composers and works
  • Using production to develop new sounds
  • Experimental recording techniques
  • Creating music for visual media

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Project Proposal 20%

Portfolio: Sound Recording Project 40%

Project: Project Creative Work 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 7

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.