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Undergraduate Study

The Department of Media, Film and Communication offers a diverse range of undergraduate papers. A degree from the department equips graduates with real-world skills applicable in a variety of careers, including some that don’t exist yet! On this page, you can find out the degrees we offer, the papers you can study, and what our graduates have done with their degrees.

To talk to a subject adviser

The department can 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.


We offer a range of degrees to help you tailor your studies 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

LevelPapers Points
100-levelMFCO 103 Introduction to Communication Studies18
Above 100-levelMFCO 222 Science, Technology, and Society18
SCOM 209 Communicating Science - an Introduction18
SCOM 301 Science and the Public18
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 30618


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