Courses & Units

Popular Music Composition & Songwriting FCF101



This unit provides a comprehensive survey of the processes and structures used in developing contemporary song and popular music. Examples of stylistic and idiomatic devices used in a variety of song genres will be contextualized in relation to formally established songwriting forms and traditional means of expression and communication. Attention will be given to both music and lyric components.


Unit name Popular Music Composition & Songwriting
Unit code FCF101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Dr Glen Hodges

Teaching staff

Mr Dean Stevenson

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2016 23/3/2016 11/4/2016 27/5/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $782.00 2016: $2,154.00 100101

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture/seminar
1 x 1 hour tutorial/workshop


In-class tasks and participation in class discussions: 20%

2 x written assignments 60%

End of semester presentation: 20%

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Flexible Study Options


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