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Screen and Media Studies

Screen and Media Studies at Waikato makes sure you keep pace with new tools and platforms for the rapidly evolving media industry. You'll get high-quality learning experiences with up-to-date resources in our top 250 QS-rated programme.

During your studies, you'll gain knowledge and learn transferable media skills that can be applied to future technical, social or experiential advancements. It is an area of study for critical, creative and innovative minds and attracts those who wish to not only understand concepts and ideas but also bring them to life. Knowledge is gained from study and hands-on experience writing media content, constructing films, exploiting and adapting media technologies, or designing games.

We expect our students to take their work beyond the classroom and enter competitions and festivals for more experience and greater exposure. Our students have been finalists in film festivals nationally and internationally, contributed specialised skills to feature-length film productions and work for, or run, their own media companies.

Our Screen and Media Studies major for the Bachelor of Arts has the staff expertise and resources to help you launch your career and inspire you to be an innovator in New Zealand and abroad.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
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Career opportunities

  • Arts Administrator
  • Audio Visual Production
  • Creative Business Owner
  • Cultural Policy Analyst
  • Freelancer
  • Journalist
  • Producer
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Script Writer

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter’s research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
MEDIA100Understanding Visual Culture18A (Hamilton)
Our lives our dominated by images and visual technologies. This paper will constitute an important first step in learning to understand how images variously work to convey ideas, and their impact and influence on our behaviour, society and culture. It also draws on a broad theoretical platform from aesthetics, art history, psycholo...
MEDIA101Media, Culture and Society18B (Hamilton)
Do you ever pause to reflect on the media content that you engage with on a daily basis? Your product choices (e.g smartphones), or practices (e.g. googling)? Or how particular media structures are shaping our lives? In this paper students learn to understand the importance of developing a critical perspective on who owns and contr...
MEDIA102Film Production 1: Audio-Visual Communication18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A hands-on practice paper in which students learn to apply film production theory to communicate ideas and tell stories. Students gain experience capturing, constructing and manipulating both audio and moving image in the process of making digital short films.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA200Topics in Media Representation18B (Hamilton)
This paper establishes a conceptual awareness of the act of representation as well as facilitates the development of skills that allow us to analyse and engage with mediatised representational practices.
MEDIA201Conducting Media Research18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A paper designed to understand and apply research methods employed in qualitative, quantitative, practice-led and based research, most especially those used in investigating and understanding individual and societal engagement with both older and newer forms of media. The paper also examines the value and use of theory and its rela...
MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimenting with Sight and Sound18B (Hamilton)
Students work in small production teams to write, produce, direct and edit short films from initial concept to screening and peer review, thereby developing practical and critical understanding of the production process. Students are introduced to theories of creativity and ideas for enhancing the creative process. Students will th...
MEDIA203Media and Digital Practices18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on cultural paradigms, theoretical concepts and critical perspectives relevant to (new) digital media practice. The discussion is complemented by the integration of digital tools and techniques in the realisation of individual and group creative projects.
MEDIA204Studio Production18T (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to explore studio practice. It introduces students to filmmaking in a controlled live production space of a studio. The focus of this paper is working in a professional environment, as a team with clear designated roles and responsibilities. The paper has direct application to future work prospects in ...
WRITE205Writing for the Screen18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CRPC301Creative Technologies and Creative Practice Project18Y (Hamilton)
Students participate in a collaborative project that includes participants from other majors in the degree and enables them to employ the key concepts and skills base intrinsic to the degree. Particular emphasis is placed on preparing students for developing creative research methodologies and outputs as part of their engagement wi...
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
SMST306Documentary Practices18B (Hamilton)
Students explore documentary theory and practice by examining a range of forms associated with visual documentary culture, including documentary photography, feature film documentary, 'mockumentary', reality gameshows, and animated documentary.
SMST308Interactive Media Design18A (Hamilton)
Students will focus on interactive screen technologies, employed in art installations and interactive public displays. They will become familiar with principles of interactive design in the creation of new audience and viewer experiences.
SMST309Propaganda and Advertising18B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will develop a framework for analysing instances of propaganda, advertising and public information in order to gain a critical understanding of their usage in commercial and political contexts, as well as focusing on contemporary social media.
SMST310Studio Production18A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to provide students with practical experience working within the demanding environment of a professional studio setting. Students are encouraged to explore creative and technical aspects of studio production: developing audio/visual content with high production values. They will learn what it means to ope...
SMST311Screen, Spirituality and CultureThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SMST312Video Production 318B (Hamilton)
Students examine digital cinema production with a focus on specific challenges such as construction of transitions, exploration of transitions, exploration of space/time, non-linearity, and narrativity. Students are able to work on individual projects having successfully completed SMST112 and SMST212.
SMST313Screen and Media Internship18C (Hamilton)
This paper provides opportunities for a limited number of Screen and Media Studies students to gain work experience in a professional environment in order to utilize their subject knowledge, apply and extend their skills. This is a good opportunity for students to critically reflect on the relationship between their university edu...
SMST318Animation: Theory and Practice18A (Hamilton)
While providing a broad critical and historical context of animated media, this paper introduces students to key principles, techniques and applications for animation. Students are encouraged to explore conceptual approaches, and apply these to innovative creative productions.
SMST319Game Studies18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines digital games as a technological, aesthetic and social phenomenon that constitutes a distinct form of expression and discrete category of cultural activity. Students will understand the affordances of games and designing their own games.
SMST321Media Research18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
How do we convert our questions into answers? In this paper students learn how to formulate research questions and discover different approaches and methods for conducting research. Media researchers employ a wide range of innovative research techniques in order to understand individual and societal experience with all forms of med...
SMST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students who have a passion for a particular topic or issue, or who wish to further explore scholarly questions raised during their degree papers can opt to complete a supervised independent research dissertation. Students will get to work closely with a staff member from SMST, who will guide them through the research process.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(SMSt) and GradDip(SMSt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Screen and Media Studies at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete a Graduate Diploma, students must take SMST209, SMST219, SMST321, and 60 further points at 300 level offered by Screen and Media Studies or approved by the Graduate Advisor for Screen and Media.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(SMSt), PGDip(SMSt), BA(Hons) , BMCT(Hons), MA and MMCT

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate papers in Screen and Media Studies, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Screen and Media Studies papers or all their undergraduate Screen and Media Studies papers.

Note that CGRD532, COMP543, CRPC591, CRPC592, CRPC593 and PCSS589 may not be taken towards the BA(Hons) or MA in Screen and Media Studies.

To complete a BA(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level in Screen and Media Studies, including at least 30 points in research, normally SMST591 or an equivalent approved by the Programme Convenor, and at least 30 further points from papers listed for Screen and Media Studies.

To complete a BMCT(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level including CRPC591, SMST501 and 60 points chosen from CGRD532, COMP543, PCSS589, SMST502, SMST503, SMST511, SMST512 and SMST519.

Candidates for the MA in Screen and Media Studies should have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in Screen and Media Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Screen and Media Studies papers or all of their undergraduate Screen and Media Studies papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA in Screen and Media Studies vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SMST501, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

Candidates for the MMCT in Screen and Media Studies should normally have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline and have achieved at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Screen and Media Studies papers or all their undergraduate Screen and Media Studies papers. Candidates for the MA in Screen and Media Studies should normally have a minimum B+ average pass in their BA(Hons) or PGDip(SMST).

To complete a MMCT in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including CRPC593, SMST501 and 60 points chosen from CGRD532, COMP543, PCSS589, SMST502, SMST503, SMST511, SMST512 and SMST519.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CGRD532Information Visualisation18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
COMP543Information Management18B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.
CRPC591Creative Research Project18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students undertake a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. Students complete an individual action research report that documents and analyses research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
CRPC593Creative Research Thesis18C (Hamilton)
Students will complete a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. In an individual action report, students document and analyse research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice. Students subsequently design and complete a research proje...
PCSS589Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures18B (Online)
Using recent critical work and research on new media, this course uses both online and face-to-face pedagogies so students critically examine the new media that have rapidly impacted on the lives of youth throughout the world. Students will develop a sound theoretical understanding of the media, its critical relationship to educati...
SMST501Integrating Theory and Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies constraints and freedom in research and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on their own theoreti...
SMST506Writing for Web Series18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
A workshop-based paper for students with some experience of scriptwriting which examines the creative, craft and industrial issues involved in writing a series of short audio-visual episodes for web distribution.
SMST507Scriptwriting18A (Hamilton)
This workshop based paper develops understanding and experience of script-construction processes and practices as well as script analysis. Students will produce scripts for possible future realisation in production.
SMST511Image making in Aotearoa New Zealand18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores aspects of image making in Aotearoa New Zealand such as place, identity, body, nature, city, mood and story, with both theoretical and practical assignments. The paper will also examine the emergence, development and future prospects of Mobile Filmmaking and will consider the relevant technologies in terms of a ...
SMST518Creative Practice: Production18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on aesthetic and theoretical digital cinema developments through the production of two different short audio-visual projects, and with the aim of entering one in a film festival. The creative products will take into consideration each student's research interests; technical requirements given by the lecturer, as...
SMST519Creative Practice: Development18C (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on experimental processes and re-contextualisation of audio-visual elements rather than narrative audio-visual coherence. This approach allows students to develop a stronger understanding of alternative creative strategies. Critical viewpoints on peer works will contribute to enrich individual film productions ...
SMST520Media Design and Aesthetics18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines several key approaches toward media aesthetics in relation to practices of transmedia and cultural reworking. Students are supported to develop the concepts and terminology that enable them to articulate this understanding using appropriate academic strategies.
SMST550Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SMST590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
SMST591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SMST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SMST593Screen and Media Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SMST594Screen and Media Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SMST800Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SMST900Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
SMST901Screen and Media Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Screen and Media Studies Programme


Screen and Media Studies is available as a major for the BA and BMCT. Screen and Media Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Screen and Media Studies for the BA, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Screen and Media Studies, including SMST209, SMST219, SMST321 and at least 40 further points above 200 level. Students are advised that CRPC301 cannot be counted towards the Screen and Media Studies major for the BA. It is recommended that students intending to major in Screen and Media Studies for the BA include SMST101 and SMST102 in the first year of their programme of study.

To complete a major in Screen and Media Studies for the BMCT, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Screen and Media Studies, including SMST217, SMST308, 40 points from SMST209, SMST210, SMST212 or SMST215, and 40 points from SMST310, SMST312, SMST313, SMST318 or SMST319. To meet the requirements of the BMCT degree, students must also complete the 100 level compulsory papers for the degree and CRPC301. It is recommended that students intending to major in Screen and Media Studies for the BMCT also include papers in the first year of their programme of study that meet prerequisite requirements for study at 200 level and above.

Note: There will be no new intake into the BMCT in 2017.  Sreen and Media students who enrolled in the BMCT in 2016 or prior should consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4543
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: smst-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: smst-grad@waikato.ac.nz