The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Explores the creative and technical aspects, aesthetics, and psychology of combining sound for use with film, video, and other visual media. The major focus will be in the realm of film music, however the principles and techniques of creating soundtracks will transfer to other collaborative art forms using music. The main emphasis will be on approaches of producing a well arranged and balanced soundtrack with other study areas to include film industry terminology, production techniques and the interaction of sound and vision.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analysis and observation of pre-composed films and soundtracks provide the student with an illustrative representation of the diverse applications of sound to visual media. This is particularly valuable as it demonstrates varied applications of music synchronised to visual material. Technical skills of spotting, concept development, and traditional/contemporary treatments of music will be implemented as required.

2. The choice of apposite music is fundamental to the success of an effective soundtrack. Students will develop skills to identify and render relevant material suited to various visual applications. They will also develop an understanding of music/sound parameters, techniques used for specific effects, and the associated styles and genres.

3. The use of technical audio equipment and computer software will not only assist the student in the creation of a soundtrack, but will also provide them with a larger range of creative material. Students will attain skills in the operation of technical equipment and the creation/arrangement of audio material via the use of electronic devices.

4. In order to compose a quality soundtrack, production skills (including editing) are vital. Students will combine a range of technical and creative techniques in order to experience the procedures required in the creation of professional soundtracks.


Course content may include (but is not limited to) the following:

  1. Learning to critically assess soundtracks
  2. Comprehending the various components of soundtracks
  3. Improvements to aural comprehension in relation to soundtrack elements
  4. Understanding relevant terminology
  5. Appreciate the interplay between sound and vision
  6. Develop create and technical skills in soundtrack production
  7. Apply discernment in arranging and balancing audio material
  8. Comprehending the use of software in soundtrack production

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Practical Demonstration: Sountrack Production

Practical Demonstration: Practical Assignment

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Note: course may be offered in a compressed delivery format


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term