Course Title: The Modern Soundtrack

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Modern Soundtrack

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Philip Samartzis

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 5207

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an overview of key trends and concepts that have informed the development of sound design and music in narrative film.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To instruct students to:
1). consider soundtrack options in a range of audio-visual productions;
2). become knowledgeable of the history of sound in the cinema;
3). become articulate in the communication of aural concepts and technical terminology in soundtrack production; &
4). consider aesthetic and technical ramifications of considering the soundtrack in pre-production and during production

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will be based around the introduction of critical, theoretical and practical examples of cinema sound design and music through weekly screenings and discussion.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures should be enhanced by regular bibliographic, database and internet searches in relevant areas and all media, art & entertainment magazines and journals.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on a critical analysis of a film soundtrack presented as an essay or media based project.