Audiovisual Composition MUSIC5053

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course considers the practice of composing in image and sound simultaneously, exploring both fixed media and real time visual processing (using software such as Processing and Jitter).


Weekly 2 hour seminar/workshop, Semester 2 weeks 7-11.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements: Standard entry to Masters at College level and entry to the MMus Sonic Arts

Excluded Courses



Students will create an audiovisual composition of ca. 6-10 minutes duration (80%), potentially including performance, with accompanying critical commentary of ca. 1000 words (20%).

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to develop students' understanding and practical skills in audiovisual composition. In particular the course aims to:


■ Examine and conceptualise relationships between sound and image

■ Explore the creative potential of computer-based video and graphics programming environments

■ Consider audiovisual composition as an experimental practice

■ Develop students' technical skills and critical perspectives in creating across audio and visual media

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ realise an audiovisual composition or performance through a process of design and experimentation

■ deploy appropriate technical means to capture or generate sound and visual materials

■ deploy appropriate means to integrate sound and visual media

■ apply critical evaluation and aesthetic judgment across both the audio and visual domains

■ identify and relate key features in their work to relevant concepts, theories or other practice in the field

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.