Courses & Units

Music and Spectacle FCA107



Music festivals, films and genres such as stadium rock and contemporary circus exemplify how music and the visual combine for spectacular effect. In this unit, through the exploration of a diverse range of contemporary and historical musical works, concepts and processes associated with the notion of spectacle, you will apply new understandings of the relationship between the musical and the visual. You will participate in activities that integrate music-making ideas, reading, writing and discussion, develop skills in contextual enquiry and framing, and develop an exciting project to explore the concept of music and spectacle.


Unit name Music and Spectacle
Unit code FCA107
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music
Coordinator Mr Heath Brown
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe, evaluate and compare the relationship between music and spectacle drawing from a diverse range of musical works, productions and performances.
  • Reflect upon and communicate musical, visual and/or technological ideas
  • Realise an independent or collaborative project, through creation, performance, research, recording, or distribution that explores the connection between music and spectacle
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100101 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart)

Fortnightly online content (1.5 hrs)

Fortnightly on campus tutorial (1.5 hrs)

Weekly on campus workshop (1.5 hrs)

AssessmentTask 1: Class assignments (25%)|Task 4: Music and Spectacle project (40%)|Task 3: Project Journal (10%)|Task 2: Written task (25%)
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