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Film and Media Studies focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and social significance of cinema, television and new screen technologies and their interconnections.
It is concerned with the teaching of screen literacy as it applies to moving images and screens and looks at dominant and alternative practices – Hollywood cinema, global media, advertising, art cinema, the avant-garde, local and indigenous media, and documentary.
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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 mind, broaden your views, and help you develop an increased awareness of transformations in society and culture.
Our goal is to prepare students to take their place as responsible and engaged citizens, who are critical, creative and innovative, equipped to connect with a diverse and fast-changing media world and to productively contribute to their communities and chosen professions. To serve this goal, our scholarship and teaching is interdisciplinary, inventive, and practical.
But that is not all that we do. Almost all employers look for fundamental life-long skills – literacy, numeracy, communication skills, the ability to lead and contribute to teams, as well as the ability to solve problems through dependable research. All of these skills are taught in our programme; they underlie most of what we do. We also value and develop an understanding of cultural diversity and differing perspectives, 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, and staff who are internationally recognised in their disciplines.
Our graduates work in a variety of fields,including media production, journalism, education, advertising, administration, archival and curatorial work, media policy analysis, public relations, tourism, and some go on to postgraduate study in our Honours, Masters and PhD programmes. A degree from our Programme prepares you for a wide range of career options, including career pathways that might not yet exist.
No prior background is required.
Our academic staff are experts in their fields (you can read about their areas of interest on our staff page on our website.) You will learn from the people who are doing the research. 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.
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.
|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||Not offered in 2021|
|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||Not offered in 2021|
|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
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