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Music for Film and Video I

Course Code: MUSC 1272
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

A course in practical film music composition, working with QuickTime movies in the Logic Pro sequencing environment. Through lecture, demonstrations, and assignments, students will learn the art of composing music for film, TV, and other visual media.

Course Content

  1. QuickTime movie importing and the Logic Pro environment
  2. Spotting a scene/film
  3. Palette of sounds and its applicability
  4. Tempo and pace
  5. Identifying mood of the musical cue, internal vs external perspectives
  6. Applications of harmony and orchestration to film
  7. Application of mixing concepts to film
  8. Integration into iMovie for assignment submission
  9. Importing/exporting audio EDL
  10. Cue sheet generation

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will devote three hours per week to lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor in the Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab or at home.

Means of Assessment

Regular assignments (minimum of 5) 60%

Final project/film*




Learning Outcomes

The main objective of the course is to get students writing music to picture in a variety of different genres. Students will understand the demands of the industry as well as general concepts of music mixing and orchestration as they apply to film. Using QuickTime and audio clips, the students will learn to compose music to the video or audio clips in the Logic Pro environment. Primary instruments will be those accessible via midi and virtual instruments in Logic.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to understand and apply the following:

  1. Working with QuickTime movies in Logic
  2. Write cues in various styles for whatever is required by the genre
  3. Integrate sequencing and programming knowledge from other courses for the end goal of composing to picture
  4. Work on a deadline as required by the industry
  5. Prepare spotting notes and cue sheets as required in the industry
  6. Integration of recorded live audio
  7. Mixing concepts with regard to film and television
  8. Application of orchestration to film
  9. General industry procedures

course prerequisites

MUSC 1172 or permission of instructor



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.