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Learn music, film and television the smart way with Music, film and television courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We use choirs for important occasions, for celebrations and mourning, and when we want to speak together with one voice. This course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music, with a look at its history and its most common forms, including the Mass, the Requiem, the oratorio and the cantata. For beginners and experienced... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We use choirs for important occasions, for celebrations

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Documentary Course: Introduction to Producing and Directing

Film. Focus on cinema. Before making a great documentary, journalists and filmmakers need to grasp the basics. Documentary producing and directing by filmmakers requires a nuanced sense of their rights and obligations. How best to get the most out of pre-production and shoot in order to maximise the creative outcomes for a film. During the course, you will develop professional standards whilst making you own documentary. You will produce and direct your own documentary film (5... [More]
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Documentary Course: Introduction to Producing and Directing

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Film”}</p><p>Before making a great documentary, journalists and filmmakers need to grasp the basics. Documentary producing and directing by filmmakers requires a

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Music Appreciation Course: The Orchestra

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. Your enjoyment of classical music can be enriched by deepening your knowledge and of the instruments of the orchestra. This course will guide you through an exploration of each of the instruments of the orchestra, discovering their characteristics and personality, and the sounds they can achieve. We will also explore the... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: The Orchestra

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. Your enjoyment of classical

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Philosophy and Film Course: The Philosophy in 'Inception'

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Join us as we explore the philosophy behind Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. This philosophy course considers the theoretical presuppositions inherent in the film and the key themes of dreams as alternate states to reality, knowledge (how do you know?), and scepticism (do we know anything?). Finally, we will consider the film’s final ‘cliff-hanger’ scene in which many of us want to know, did the top... [More]
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Philosophy and Film Course: The Philosophy in 'Inception'

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Philosophy”}</p><p>Join us as we explore the philosophy behind Christopher Nolan’s film <em>Inception</em>. This philosophy course considers the theoretical

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Sydney Film Course: The Coming of Age Film

Film. Focus on cinema. Join this film course for movie buffs and enjoy a selection of coming-of-age films followed by panel discussions. The films in this two-day program showcase works of some of the greatest film auteurs, each examining the ways that adolescents and young adults – and their formative experiences – can be depicted and understood. These films pose questions about such things as friendship, belonging, familial identity, moral rectitude, sexual awakening, and... [More]
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Sydney Film Course: The Coming of Age Film

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Film”}</p><p>Join this film course for movie buffs and enjoy a selection of coming-of-age films followed by panel discussions.</p><p>The films in this two-day program

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Great Composers Course: The Life and Music of Chopin

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Chopin’s music has delighted music lovers for nearly two centuries. Perhaps no other composer is so closely associated with the piano, newly finding its voice in Chopin’s time. His too-short life had its own drama and turmoil, with his exile from Poland, his battle with illness, and his relationship with French authoress George Sand. This one-day music course explores the life and music of Chopin. We will explore what makes his music so special, so... [More]
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Great Composers Course: The Life and Music of Chopin

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>Chopin’s music has delighted music lovers for nearly two centuries. Perhaps no other composer is so closely associated with the piano, newly finding its

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A History of World Cinema Course with David Stratton

Film. Focus on cinema. David Stratton’s History of World Cinema course explores in great detail the development and trends of world cinema in chronological order. This unique eleven-year series on the history of world cinema, is a rare opportunity to participate in this very personal but immensely informative survey of international cinema from its origins. Two courses from this eleven-year series will be scheduled every year, each covering a segment of cinematic history across... [More]
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A History of World Cinema Course with David Stratton

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Film”}</p><p>David Stratton’s History of World Cinema course explores in great detail the development and trends of world cinema in chronological order. This unique

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This unique program on cinema history continues with a close look at the post-war period as reflected by cinema around the world. This course covers the period 1960-1961.

Music Appreciation Course: Opera

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This opera course provides a guide to the appreciation and enjoyment of opera for the beginner, as well as a deeper exploration of the history and elements of opera for the more experienced listener. We will explore the history, forms and structures of opera, considering the work of composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, and listening to performances by some of the great singers. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. Outcomes By the... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Opera

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>This opera course provides a guide to the appreciation and enjoyment of opera for the beginner, as well as a deeper exploration of the history and

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Great Composers Course: The Genius of Bach

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. As the composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. Yet he lived a quiet life, surrounded by the family he loved, and little-known in greater musical circles. During this course, we will examines Bach’s life and music, illustrated by portraits, readings from his letters, and examples of his music. Outcomes By the end of... [More]
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Great Composers Course: The Genius of Bach

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>As the composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other

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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Ever wondered what a symphony actually is? Can’t tell a suite from a sonata? Love going to concerts, but not sure what to listen for? This course is designed for classical music beginners and long-term listeners who want to know how to better understand the music they listen to. The most common types of classical music will be explored, including symphony, concerto, sonata, suite, opera and oratorio. Each week will begin with a simple definition of... [More]
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