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Film and Media Studies offers grounding in the analysis of film, television and new media such as the Internet.

What is a BA? General info for new students.

Papers cover topics in:

  • Historical survey of film and television
  • Contemporary issues in the media
  • Culture, politics, policy and global media
  • Film genres, including New Zealand film
  • National cinemas
  • Television studies
  • Digital culture

AV facilities

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.

The Department has a small collection of dvd's and digital resources to complement the larger collections held in the Central Library, and the New Zealand and Pacific collection held in the Hocken Library.
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.

See Central Library AV services

Programme requirements

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

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




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




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

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total 360

Graduates work in:

  • Filmmaking
  • Television
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Advertising
  • Government institutions
  • Archival and curatorial work
  • Postgraduate studies

Film and Media Studies can be combined with other subjects
such as:

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.

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