We live in a mediatised world.
Our experiences of reality, relationships and politics are shaped by media and communication.
Our curriculum will enable you to:
- Engage critically and creatively with a diverse and fast-changing media world.
- Contribute productively to your communities and chosen profession.
- Increase your awareness of media’s role in transforming social and cultural relations.
- Prepare for new career opportunities in emerging fields.
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Film and Media Studies is one of two majors offered by the Media, Film and Communication Studies Programme. The other major is Communication Studies.
Why study Media, Film and Communication?
Our courses will challenge your thinking, broaden your views and help you develop an increased awareness of the role of media in transforming society and culture.
Our mission is to prepare students to engage critically and creatively in an increasingly mediated world and allow them to contribute to their communities and chosen professional field. To serve this goal, our scholarship and teaching is interdisciplinary, inventive and practical.
But that is not all that we do. Employers look for life-long skills – written and visual literacy, communication skills, the ability to lead and contribute to teams, and to solve problems through effective research methods. All of these skills are taught in our programmes; they underlie most of what we do.
We also value and develop an understanding of cultural diversity and difference, so it is not surprising that our graduates are to be found in many walks of life.
We have a well-established record of teaching and research, with staff who are internationally recognised in their disciplines.
No prior background is required.
Our major subjects
We offer majors in Communication Studies, and Film and Media Studies. Students are able to tailor their studies to pursue their specific interests and goals. Our degrees can also be combined with other subjects to form a double-major or double-degree programme of study.
In the Communication major, we explore:
- How everyday life is structured through media and digital technologies.
- The relationship between data and social power.
- The historical development of communication theory and practice.
- How to intervene and communicate critically in our mediatised world.
- How media creates new public and political formations.
Film and Media Studies
In the Film and Media major, we explore:
- The role of audio-visual technologies in shaping our reality.
- The historical development of film and media.
- The historical development of theories of film and media.
- The aesthetic, cultural and social developments of cinema, television & new screen technologies.
Our academic staff are experts in their fields (you can read about their areas of interest at the staff page on our website).
Our papers are designed to help you engage with cutting edge research and ideas through a range of coursework and assessment that will help you develop your written, oral and visual communication skills and critical competencies.
Our graduates work in a variety of fields, including media production, journalism, education, advertising, administration, archival and curatorial work, media policy analysis, public relations, and tourism. Some go on to postgraduate study in our honours, master’s and PhD programmes.
A degree from our programme prepares you for a wide range of career options, including new and emerging career pathways. In the future, media will play an increasingly central role in how we understand and navigate our rapidly changing world. The skills and competencies developed across our two majors – the ability to think critically, communicate in a range of different ways, appreciate diversity, and respond effectively to change – will be in strong demand.
In addition to the specialist skills gained, our programmes enable you to develop general personal and professional skills that are highly valued by employers. These are the kinds of skills that are applicable in many career contexts and in many aspects of your life:
- clear and effective written expression
- verbal reasoning and clear and effective speaking skills
- team work
- research skills
- a broad general knowledge about the world and current events
- the ability to analyse and contribute to debates
- appreciation of diverse points of view
- the ability to think broadly, critically and creatively about social and cultural processes.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons))
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts)
- Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework))
- Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis))
Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Film and Media Studies
MFCO 101 Screen Form and Culture
MFCO 102 Understanding Contemporary Media
MFCO 210 Theory of Film and Media
MFCO 301 Film and Media Theory
Three further 300-level MFCO papers
198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Film and Media Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Film and Media Studies
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Film and Media Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).
Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Film and Media Studies
GEND 401 Debates in Gender and Sexuality may be substituted for one 400-level MFCO paper
Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Film and Media Studies
Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Film and Media Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Film and Media Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Film and Media Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.
Minor subject requirements
Film and Media Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree
|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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website
|Paper code||Year||Title||Points||Teaching period|
|MFCO101||2021||Screen Form and Culture||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO102||2021||Media, Power, Society||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO103||2021||Introduction to Communication Studies||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO201||2021||The History of Film||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO202||2021||Theory of Communication Studies||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO203||2021||Media History||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO205||2021||Communication Research Methods||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO210||2021||Theory of Film and Media||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO212||2021||Media and Intercultural Communication||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO213||2021||Media Genres||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO216||2021||New Zealand Cinema||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO217||2021||Television Studies||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO220||2021||Writing for the Media||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO222||2021||Science, Technology, and Society||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO223||2021||Documentary and Reality Media||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO224||2021||Studying Selfies: Celebrity, Surveillance and Cyberspace||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO231||2021||Special Topic: Journalism Now: Seeking the Truth in a World of Disinformation and Fake News||18 points||Summer School|
|MFCO242||2021||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO251||2021||Television Studio Production||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO301||2021||Critical Problems in Film and Media||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO303||2021||Critical Problems in Communication Studies||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO312||2021||Communication and the City||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO313||2021||Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO314||2021||French Cinema||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO315||2021||Digital Media and Society||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO316||2021||German Cinema||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO317||2021||Digital Culture||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO318||2021||Indigenous Media||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO319||2021||Contemporary American Cinema||18 points||First Semester|
|MFCO330||2021||Special Topic: Film Festivals||18 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO401||2021||Advanced Media, Film and Communication Theory||20 points||Full Year|
|MFCO406||2021||Audience Studies||20 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO408||2021||A Topic in Cinema, Gender and Sexuality||20 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO409||2021||Advanced Media History||20 points||Second Semester|
|MFCO410||2021||Documentary Film and Media||20 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO412||2021||Communicating the Self||20 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO414||2021||Discourse Theory and Practice||20 points||First Semester|
|MFCO441||2021||Special Topic: Digital Asia||20 points||Not offered in 2021|
|MFCO490||2021||Dissertation||60 points||Full Year, 1st Non standard period|
|MFCO590||2021||Research Dissertation||60 points||1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period|
Key information for future students
Media, Film and Communication Programme
School of Social Sciences