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Study Film and Media Studies at Otago

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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.

Career opportunities

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.

Background required

No prior background is required.

Teaching style

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.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Film and Media Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 101 Screen Form and Culture

MFCO 102 Understanding Contemporary Media

18

18

200-level

MFCO 210 Theory of Film and Media

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

18

 

36

300-level

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

18

54

Plus

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

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Film and Media Studies

Papers

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

Papers

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

Thesis
  • Thesis: FIME 5

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

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 101, MFCO 102

36

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.

18

36

Total   90

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
MFCO101 2020 Screen Form and Culture 18 points First Semester
MFCO102 2020 Understanding Contemporary Media 18 points Second Semester
MFCO103 2020 Introduction to Communication Studies 18 points First Semester
MFCO201 2020 The History of Film 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO202 2020 Theory of Communication Studies 18 points Second Semester
MFCO203 2020 Media History 18 points First Semester
MFCO205 2020 Communication Research Methods 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO210 2020 Theory of Film and Media 18 points Second Semester
MFCO212 2020 Media and Intercultural Communication 18 points First Semester
MFCO213 2020 Media Genres 18 points Second Semester
MFCO216 2020 New Zealand Cinema 18 points First Semester
MFCO217 2020 Television Studies 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO220 2020 Writing for the Media 18 points First Semester
MFCO222 2020 Science, Technology, and Society 18 points Second Semester
MFCO223 2020 Documentary and Reality Media 18 points First Semester
MFCO224 2020 Studying Selfies: Celebrity, Surveillance and Cyberspace 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO231 2020 Special Topic: Journalism Now: Seeking the Truth in a World of Disinformation and Fake News 18 points Summer School
MFCO242 2020 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO251 2020 Television Studio Production 18 points Second Semester
MFCO301 2020 Critical Problems in Film and Media 18 points First Semester
MFCO303 2020 Critical Problems in Communication Studies 18 points First Semester
MFCO312 2020 Communication and the City 18 points Second Semester
MFCO313 2020 Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media 18 points Second Semester
MFCO314 2020 French Cinema 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO315 2020 Digital Media and Society 18 points First Semester
MFCO316 2020 German Cinema 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO317 2020 Digital Culture 18 points Second Semester
MFCO318 2020 Indigenous Media 18 points Second Semester
MFCO319 2020 Contemporary American Cinema 18 points First Semester
MFCO330 2020 Special Topic: Film Festivals 18 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO401 2020 Advanced Media, Film and Communication Theory 20 points Full Year
MFCO406 2020 Audience Studies 20 points First Semester
MFCO408 2020 A Topic in Cinema, Gender and Sexuality 20 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO409 2020 Advanced Media History 20 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO410 2020 Documentary Film and Media 20 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO412 2020 Communicating the Self 20 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO414 2020 Discourse Theory and Practice 20 points Second Semester
MFCO441 2020 Special Topic: Digital Asia 20 points Not offered in 2020
MFCO490 2020 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
MFCO590 2020 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

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Media, Film and Communication Programme
School of Social Sciences
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