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 an 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 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
100101 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart)

Weekly lectorial (1.5 hrs) 

Weekly workshop (1.5 hrs) 

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