United Kingdom, Leeds

Music in Film

when 30 June 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee GBP 1572

Since the Lumière brothers screened the first ‘moving pictures’ in Paris in the 1890s music has always played a key role in the presentation of film. Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries music has helped shape the filmic experience, despite being (traditionally) frequently ‘unheard’ in the cinema. This module will explore the history and function of music in film from the silent era to the present day. Specifically, it considers the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, the rise of popular music starting in the 1950s, and the more recent use of electronics and innovative sound in the ‘New Hollywood’. Key composers include Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini, Vangelis, John Williams and Hans Zimmer, and in the latter part of the course specific examples will be drawn from the work of Trevor Jones (The Dark Crystal, Last of the Mohicans, Notting Hill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), whose archive of film-music materials is currently the subject of a large research project based in the University of Leeds School of Music. This module includes a day trip to the National Media Museum.

Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (30 June - 29 July 2018) and comprises two modules, each lasting two weeks. As well as this module you must take another module in order to attend LISS for the full four weeks.

Course leader

Dr Ian Sapiro

Target group

Undergraduate/Bachelor students

Course aim

This module offers an introduction to the history of film scoring from the silent era through to the present. The function of music in a multimedia context will be discussed and students will be introduced to basic analytical techniques that can be used to interpret the role of music in films.

The module will also introduce elements of the processes of film scoring through a case study of the work of composer Trevor Jones in order to demonstrate aspects of theory in practice.

Credits info

The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.

Fee info

GBP 1572: Includes tuition, accommodation, academic field trip, weekend cultural excursions, social programme and premium gym membership.


Santander scholarships worth £500 are available for students with good academic standing to help pay your fees. You can apply as part of your application to LISS.