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.
Please note: There will be no new enrolments in the Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies (BMCT) from 2017. Students who commenced a major in Screen and Media Studies for the BMCT in 2016 or prior can complete this qualification. Please consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice.
- Arts Administrator
- Audio Visual Production
- Creative Business Owner
- Cultural Policy Analyst
- Public Relations Practitioner
- Script Writer
Study Screen and Media Studies in any of these qualifications
|Design 1||CGRD141||15.0 Points|
|Creative Technologies and Creative Practice||CRPC101||15.0 Points|
|From Page to Screen||ENGL112||15.0 Points|
|History on Film: Europe from Classical Times to the Renaissance||HIST145||15.0 Points|
|Music and Computers||MUSI140||15.0 Points|
|Digital Screens||SMST101||15.0 Points|
|Media Cultures||SMST102||15.0 Points|
|Video Production 1||SMST112||15.0 Points|
|Visualising China||CHIN204||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Screen Music Composition||MUSI240||20.0 Points|
|Politics and the Media||POLS200||20.0 Points|
|Media in Aotearoa||SMST201||20.0 Points|
|Histories of the Moving Image||SMST208||20.0 Points|
|Topics in Media Representation||SMST209||20.0 Points|
|Studio Production 1||SMST210||20.0 Points|
|Video Production 2||SMST212||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary World Cinema||SMST214||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary Television||SMST215||20.0 Points|
|Screen Media and Digital Practices||SMST217||20.0 Points|
|Writing for Screen Media||SMST218||20.0 Points|
|Screen Theory||SMST219||20.0 Points|
|Popular Culture||SOCY202||20.0 Points|
|Creative Technologies and Creative Practice Project||CRPC301||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|Digital Histories: Public and Collective Memories||HIST319||20.0 Points|
|Modern Japanese Popular Culture and Media||JAPA307||20.0 Points|
|Interactive Screen Media||SMST308||20.0 Points|
|Propaganda and Advertising||SMST309||20.0 Points|
|Studio Production 2||SMST310||20.0 Points|
|Screen, Spirituality and Culture||SMST311||20.0 Points|
|Video Production 3||SMST312||20.0 Points|
|Screen and Media Internship||SMST313||20.0 Points|
|Animation Studies||SMST318||20.0 Points|
|Game Studies||SMST319||20.0 Points|
|Making Media for Export||SMST320||20.0 Points|
|Media Research||SMST321||20.0 Points|
|Special Topic: Writing for Web Series||SMST350||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||SMST390||20.0 Points|
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.
|Information Visualisation||CGRD532||15.0 Points|
|Information Management||COMP543||15.0 Points|
|Creative Research Project||CRPC591||30.0 Points|
|Creative Research Thesis||CRPC593||90.0 Points|
|Summer Research Project||CRPC599||30.0 Points|
|Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures||PCSS589||30.0 Points|
|Researching the Media||SMST501||30.0 Points|
|New Audience Formations||SMST503||30.0 Points|
|Children and the Media||SMST505||30.0 Points|
|Teaching Media Studies||SMST508||30.0 Points|
|Image making in Aotearoa New Zealand||SMST511||30.0 Points|
|Media and Creative Industries||SMST512||30.0 Points|
|Digital Cinema: Production||SMST518||30.0 Points|
|Digital Cinema: Development||SMST519||30.0 Points|
|Media Design and Aesthetics||SMST520||30.0 Points|
|Special Topic||SMST550||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||SMST590||30.0 Points|
|Screen and Media Studies Thesis||SMST593||90.0 Points|
|Screen and Media Studies Thesis||SMST594||120.0 Points|
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.
|Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis||SMST800||120.0 Points|
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.
|Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis||SMST900||120.0 Points|
|Screen and Media Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis||SMST901||120.0 Points|
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.