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Study Film and Media Studies at Otago

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Overview

Film and Media Studies focuses on the historical, aesthetic, cultural and social significance of cinema, television and new visual technologies and their interconnections. It is concerned with the teaching of visual literacy as it applies to moving images since the advent of modernity and beyond, and looks at dominant practices (Hollywood cinema, global media, mass-entertainment), and alternative practices (art-film and avant-garde, local and indigenous media).

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme in Film and Media Studies at Otago is designed to give students a thorough grounding in the analysis of film, television and new media. It is offered through the Department of Media, Film and Communication.

From the emergence of cinema at the end of the 19th century to the Internet revolution, the production and consumption of moving images has changed every aspect of our lives and cultures. The major emphasises a range of approaches to media texts and events that include aesthetics, history and sociology while stressing a strong theoretical understanding of the subject.

Students in Film and Media Studies develop a range of skills based on the content of the course, the development of research and presentation methodologies and multimedia literacies and skills. These skills will enable students to:

  • Analyse individual film and media texts and present their ideas in a written or oral form
  • Understand the forces at work behind the production and consumption of these texts
  • Appreciate the inter-relationship between the wide variety of media which operate in the modern world
  • Have the historical, cultural and theoretical knowledge necessary to engage critically with film and media texts
  • Engage with students and lecturers in a variety of contexts such as lectures, tutorials, virtual classrooms.

As such, it can be fruitfully combined with the study of a wide range of other subjects, including Communication Studies, Visual Culture, English, History, Gender Studies, Theatre Studies, Marketing and Psychology.

Students in Film and Media Studies will have access to a range of material and facilities which include resources through the programme's website, an audio-visual study centre in the Central Library, a digital recording and editing facility, as well as a screening room in which film prints, brought from within and without New Zealand, are displayed in theatrical conditions. This is the only programme in New Zealand which displays films in all formats: 35mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD.

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Contact details

Website otago.ac.nz/mfco

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Media, Film and Communication (MFCO) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Film and Media Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 101 Screen Form and Culture

MFCO 102 Understanding Contemporary Media

18

18

200-level

MFCO 210 Theory of Film and Media

Two further papers from 200-level MFCO papers, ASIA 201, CHIN 242, GEND 205

18

 

36

300-level

MFCO 301 Film and Media Theory

Three further 300-level MFCO papers

Either CHIN 342 or GEND 305 may be substituted for one MFCO paper

18

54

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Film and Media Studies

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Film and Media Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: FIME 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Film and Media Studies - coursework option

Papers

GEND 401 Debates in Gender and Sexuality may be substituted for one 400-level MFCO paper

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Minor Subject Requirements

Film and Media Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 101, MFCO 102

36

Above 100-level

MFCO 210 Theory of Film and Media

Two further MFCO papers, of which one must be above 200-level

Note: GEND 205 or 305 or CHIN 242 or 342 may be substituted for one MFCO paper at the same level.

18

36

Total   90

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