Film and Media Studies focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and social significance and interconnections of cinema, television and new screen technologies.
It is concerned with the teaching of screen literacy as it applies to moving images and screens — cinema, television, new media — and looks at dominant and alternative practices — global media, mass-entertainment, advertising, Hollywood cinema, art cinema, the avant-garde, local and indigenous media, and documentary.
From the emergence of cinema at the end of the 19th century to the Internet revolution, the production and consumption of moving images constitute a major social and culture force in the 20th and the 21st centuries. Film and Media Studies develop skills in the analysis of film, television and new media texts, an understanding of the forces at work behind their production and consumption, with an emphasis on theoretical, cultural and historical knowledge necessary for critical engagement.
Qualifications in Film and Media Studies
Film and Media Studies can be studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The department has its own editing suite for taking clips and screen shots from various media for presentations, assignments and taught courses.
Television Production (MFCO 251) students also use the suite for final editing of practical production assignments. Core practical studio production sessions for the paper are held in Owheo Building Studio.
Genuine 35 mm and 16 mm film prints are screened for some of the papers, particularly MFCO 201 History of Film.
All students also have access to audio-visual collections, and viewing booths or screening facilities in the Central Library.
Combine Film and Media Studies with other subjects
Film and Media Studies can be combined with the study of a wide range of other subjects, including: