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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.

Taila Burton

Bachelor of Arts
Taila Burton is studying for a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Screen & Media Studies and Theatre Studies. The former Aquinas College student from Tauranga has always loved singing and has been part of school choirs since primary school.


Tom Furniss

Bachelor of Arts
Tom Furniss came to Waikato to study economics, but it didn’t take him long to realise his talents lay elsewhere and since graduating with an arts degree he’s has been working in film and comedy, appearing on shows such as 7 days.


Moehau Hodges-Tai

Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies
Moehau ended up loving the ‘Video Production 1’ paper so much that he changed his degree to the Bachelor of Media & Creative Technologies and never turned back. During the course of his degree, he was exposed to many contacts in the film industry and got to work on his first feature film.


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.

 Career opportunities

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

100 level

200 level

Topics in Media RepresentationMEDIA20015.0 Points
Conducting Media ResearchMEDIA20115.0 Points
Film Production 2: Experimenting with Sight and SoundMEDIA20215.0 Points
Media and Digital PracticesMEDIA20315.0 Points
Popular CultureSOCIO20315.0 Points
Writing for the ScreenWRITE20515.0 Points

300 level

Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Modern Japanese Popular Culture and MediaJAPA30720.0 Points
DocumentarySMST30620.0 Points
Interactive Screen MediaSMST30820.0 Points
Propaganda and AdvertisingSMST30920.0 Points
Studio ProductionSMST31020.0 Points
Screen, Spirituality and CultureSMST31120.0 Points
Video Production 3SMST31220.0 Points
Screen and Media InternshipSMST31320.0 Points
Animation StudiesSMST31820.0 Points
Game StudiesSMST31920.0 Points
Media ResearchSMST32120.0 Points
Directed StudySMST39020.0 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 VisualisationCGRD53215.0 Points
Information ManagementCOMP54315.0 Points
Global Processes, Education and New Media CulturesPCSS58930.0 Points
Researching the MediaSMST50130.0 Points
Writing for Web SeriesSMST50630.0 Points
ScriptwritingSMST50730.0 Points
Image making in Aotearoa New ZealandSMST51130.0 Points
Digital Cinema: ProductionSMST51830.0 Points
Digital Cinema: DevelopmentSMST51930.0 Points
Media Design and AestheticsSMST52030.0 Points
Special TopicSMST55030.0 Points
Directed StudySMST59030.0 Points
DissertationSMST59130.0 Points
DissertationSMST59260.0 Points
Screen and Media Studies ThesisSMST59390.0 Points
Screen and Media Studies ThesisSMST594120.0 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.

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 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.

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