Composition for Creative Industries Core units

Composition for Creative Industries

Students undertaking the Composition for Creative Industries Program must complete 72 credit points of core units comprising of:
(a) 36 credit points of Program Focus units: Composition for Creative Industries 1-6*;
(b) 24 credit points of discipline specific core units set out in the below table;
(c) 12 credit points of Composition Studies electives set out in the Composition Studies UoS table
*Please note Composition for Creative Industries 5-6 will be introduced in 2021.

Program Focus units

CMPN1331 Composition for Creative Industries 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Stanhope Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture/fortnight, 1 x 2hr tutorial/fortnight, 1 x 1hr arrangement lecture / Assessment: 4 x composition assignments to the equivalent of 4000wds (60%), 2 x arrangement assignments to the equivalent of 2000wds (30%) Participation/application (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The rationale behind this unit of study is to explore fundamental concepts of music as related to build upon Concepts of Music through Composition 1 where fundamental concepts of music are explored via the medium of a portfolio of compositions. Musical compositions may be completed via various means: musical notation, improvisation, recorded audio and their combinations. It also allows for students to curate an individual creative project and be supported via a scaffolded process. This unit is the first pathway for students interested in exploring such issues in the Creative Music program as part of the Bachelor of Music.
CMPN1332 Composition for Creative Industries 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Stanhope Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture/fortnight, 1 x 2hr tutorial/fortnight, 1 x 1hr creative project seminar / week Prerequisites: CMPN1331 Assessment: 4 x composition assignments to the equivalent of 4000wds (60%), 1 x creative project to the equivalent of 2000wds (30%) participation/application Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The rationale behind this unit of study is to build upon Concepts of Music through Composition 1 where fundamental concepts of music are explored via the medium of a portfolio of compositions. the practice of musical composition. Musical compositions may be completed via various means: musical notation, improvisation, recorded audio and their combinations. It also allows for students to curate an individual creative project and be supported via a scaffolded process.
CMPN2333 Composition for Creative Industries 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 1 hr lecture/seminar per week; 1 x tutorial per week Prerequisites: CMPN1332 Assessment: 6 x fortnightly tasks (60%); 1 x showreel (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Concepts of Music Through Composition 3 assists students prepare for commercially-oriented work for the creative industries.
CMPN2334 Composition for Creative Industries 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1 hr lecture/seminar per week; 1 x tutorial per week Prerequisites: CMPN2333 Assessment: Composition and arranging tasks (60%); 1 x showreel (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Concepts of Music Through Composition 4 assists students prepare for commercially-oriented work for the creative industries. Its particular focus is songwriting and arranging.

Discipline Specific units

CMPN1611 Instrumentation and Orchestration

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Carl Vine Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar/wk Assessment: short orchestration exercises (45%), score analysis presentation (20%), large ensemble arrangement (35%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Instrumentation and Orchestration, enhances students' knowledge of the modern orchestra while reinforcing core musicianship skills. Instrumentation study investigates the technical limitations and expressive potential of individual instruments. Orchestration examines a range of instrumental combinations in diverse styles and ensemble contexts, and requires that students learn best typographic practice and current conventions of notation and score layout. In examining instrumental characteristics the unit will also cover the fundamentals of acoustics and timbre perception, and will demand a thorough grasp of the harmonic series and its broader musical implications. Throughout the course students will be required to present their own arrangements and transcriptions.
CMPN2320 Music Notation and Publishing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Humberstone Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar in computer lab/week Assessment: 1 x portfolio of series of exercises (60%), 1 x score presentation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music Notation and Publishing builds student capacity to notate music at a professional industry standard. Through study of published scores and text books on music notation, students learn what the standards of music notation are, and how to approach complex or difficult notation problems. Students gain experience in all of the main professional notation software titles with experts in their use, with the aim to develop workflows that will save thousands of hours over their careers. A series of short challenges develops skills in key areas of music publishing, such as the preparation of scores and parts, piano reductions, film score standards, and much more. The final assessment project allows the class to work as a professional music preparation service, engraving a first edition of an important Australian work as a team.
Textbooks
Behind Bars by Elaine Gould.
CMPN2510 Scoring and Arranging for the Screen

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketon Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture/week, 1 x 1hr lab/week Assessment: weekly lab tasks (20%), 1 x spotting, conceptualising and sketching assignment (20%), 1 x score reduction assignment (20%), 1 x full score (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
An application of various musical skills and disciplines pertinent to today's music industry, this unit of study explores fundamental aspects of composing, arranging and orchestrating for the screen. Theoretical principles are drawn from dramaturgy and cinematography, and applied to concerns of form, aesthetics, orchestration and technology to inform the various practical processes of preparing a music score from its inception to the delivery of parts for a recording session. Scoring and Arranging for the Screen offers a pragmatic approach to negotiating the pressing demands faced by screen composers in today's film and television industry.
JAZZ3631 Music Business Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: David Theak Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lect/wk Assessment: Press Kit (35%), Tour Plan (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music Business Skills is designed to prepare graduating students for the non-musical aspects of their forthcoming career. The unit is designed as an overview of the many different facets of the music industry, including setting up a small music business (including taxation overview and responsibilities), funding sources and alternatives, tour planning and budgeting, producing and designing promotional tools, dealing with record companies/music publishing, and other essential techniques and requirements of running a successful music business in today's competitive arts environment.