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The Media, Film and Communication programme offers a diverse range of undergraduate papers. The programme equips graduates with real-world thinking and practical skills that are applicable in a variety of careers, including some that don't exist yet! On this page, you can find out about our two major subjects, the papers you can take, and what our graduates have gone on to do with their degrees.

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We are happy to give you further course advice to help you make the most of your studies. Please contact us to get more information or to make an appointment to speak with one of our staff.


The university offers a range of degrees to help tailor your studies according to your interests. For more information on how the BA works and tips on how to structure your studies, check out the guide to the BA at the Otago Humanities website.

Film and Media Studies

Communication Studies

Minor in Science Communication

Check out the new Minor in Science Communication.

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 103 Introduction to Communication Studies 18
Above 100-level MFCO 222 Science, Technology, and Society 18
SCOM 209 Communicating Science - an Introduction 18
SCOM 301 Science and the Public 18
and one of MFCO 220, MFCO 223, MFCO 321, ECOL 212, ENGL 228, ENGL 327, HIST 229, HIST 306, PHIL 225, PHIL 235, POLS 207, PUBH 202, PUBH 203, RELS 217, RELS 317, SOCI 208, TOUR 306 18
Total 90

Papers offered in Media, Film and Communication

Our students study a range of topics from strategic communication to film history, to politics of digital media. Find out what you could study with us in the department.

Full selection of papers offered by the Department.

Optional Pathways Guide

Use our Optional Pathways Guide as an informal guide to help select your course of study. This can help you focus on different subject areas and topics within the range of papers on offer, and shows you where graduates have taken their studies out into the wider world.


Information on the Department's Alumni can be found here.

Further Information

Resources for current students contains forms for your assignments such as the Cover Sheet, along with documents such as Departmental Regulations and further Essential Information.

Referencing Guide for undergraduates, based on the Harvard Style of citing and referencing.(PDF, 343 KB)Optional Pathways Guid

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