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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Music and Spectacle
Unit code FCA107
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music

Mr Heath Brown

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe, evaluate and compare the relationship between music and spectacle drawing from a diverse range of musical works, productions and performances.
  2. Reflect upon and communicate musical, visual and/or technological ideas.
  3. Realise an independent or collaborative project, through creation, performance, research, recording, or distribution that explores the connection between music and spectacle.



Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:
Fortnightly online class (1.5 hours)

On Campus:
Fortnightly tutorial (1.5 hours) 
Fortnightly project (1.5 hours)


Task 1: Class assignments (25%)

Task 2: Written task, 1000 words (25%)

Task 3: Music and Spectacle project, 3000 words equivalent (50%)

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