General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Adso Fernández Baena

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Angel Valverde Vilabella

Teaching languages

Documentation and web resources in English.


Specific skills
  • E1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of video games and analyze the reference video games with arguments based on evaluation criteria contextualized in the historical and cultural framework.

  • E2. Design the mechanics, rules, structure and narrative of video games following the criteria of gameplay and balance to provide the best possible gaming experience.

General competencies
  • G1. Demonstrate having and understanding advanced knowledge of their area of ​​study that includes the theoretical, practical and methodological aspects, with a level of depth that reaches the forefront of knowledge.

  • G2. Solve complex problems in their field of work, by applying their knowledge, developing arguments and procedures, and using creative and innovative ideas.

  • G3. Gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues.

  • G4. Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized audience.

  • G5. Develop the learning skills needed to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Transversal competences
  • T2. Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team either as an additional member or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments and taking into account available resources.


The subject aims to provide technical but also analytical knowledge of the link between music and image. Many examples of productions where music (or its absence) play a prominent role are analyzed, and we try to understand how music can be written that really contributes to improving the final product. 

We will have contributions from professional composers and we will see how a soundtrack with orchestra is recorded.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student must be able to:

  1. Organize and coordinate the production of music for an audiovisual medium, such as advertising, film, TV series or documentaries.
  2. Create and direct the team of composers, musicians, sound technicians and screenwriters.
  3. Know the technical and aesthetic elements necessary to achieve the proposed emotional impact.
  4. Distinguish and select the different genres of music applied to image.
  5. Design of exclusive sounds for each product.
  6. Shape your musical ideas in digital form.

Working methodology

Determination and explanation of the concepts and procedures in the theoretical classes. Retroactive student-teacher interaction. Carrying out internships representative of activities in the professional world. The student will show the preparations for each internship in advance to the teacher, and will ensure that the internships in the recording studio are guaranteed to be completed successfully before entering.


  1. Introduction. The audiovisual language
  2. Musical pre-production
  3. Areas of musical application
  4. Type of production according to technology and budget 
  5. Production: the day everything is tested
  6. Post-production: musical mixing, formats and delivery

Learning activities

The practices of the subject constitute a journey through all the processes of a musical production, always oriented to the service of a script, story or directly a film.

You will see fundamental concepts of sequencing on DAW systems, virtual instrument libraries, basic score editing, mock-up recording, click track creation.

The star project of this subject is the recording of projects with a real orchestra, where all the students will be the production team in charge of the logistical, technical part and in many cases, the composition.

Evaluation system

The subject is evaluated through the work done:

- Oral presentation on composers of soundtracks (10%)

- Practice 1: Composition / setting of music for a documentary (10%)

- Practice 2: Virtual instruments. MIDI sequence sound (10%)

- Practice 3: Composition for short film (20%)

- Final practice: Music production with musicians (50%)


Undelivered internships will have a grade of zero, with no possibility of recovery. In case of failing the subject, you will have to take a resit exam.



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Jeff Rona. The reel world, Miller Freeman Books. ISBN ISBN 0-87930-591-6.

Jose Nieto. Music for the image: the secret influence. Ed. Iberautor Cultural Promotions, ISBN ISBN 9788480486040.

On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, Karlin, Fred and Wright, Rayburn: Editor: Routledge 

ISBN-10: 0415941369

ISBN-13: 978-0415941365

Michel Chion. Audiovision. Ed. Paidós Ibérica ,, ISBN ISBN 84-7509-859-2.