Hong Kong has one of the highest cinemagoers per capita in the world and it could be argued that cinema is an integral part of Hong Kong culture. Given this, very little study is offered within Hong Kong institutions of higher education in the area of film soundtrack studies. As compared to other similar courses offered at leading institutions abroad, this course is unique, as it has been designed by a film composer and not by a musicologist or film historian.
Using contemporary Hollywood filmmaking practice as a framework, students will learn the role and function of music and soundscape design (not sound effects) for film through 2hr weekly lectures and 1hr weekly tutorial case study sessions. Students will gain an appreciation and first-hand insight into the art and craft of creating music and soundscape design for film via summative and formative assessment tasks, ranging from movie soundtrack critiques, through to practical assignments requiring music and sound to be selected, placed and edited juxtaposed to moving image footage.