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BSocSc - Screen and Media Studies as a major

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

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.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $25,160-$32,750 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSocSc in Screen and Media Studies

Year 1

One of
MEDIA101 or MEDIA102

One from List A:
Academic Foundations

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Elective

Elective

Year 2

One of
MEDIA202 or MEDIA203

One from List B:
Cultural Perspectives

One of
PSYCH211 or SSRES200

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

Any 300 Level
MEDIA paper (see footnotes)

Any 300 Level
MEDIA paper (see footnotes)

Any 300 Level
MEDIA paper (see footnotes)

Any 300 Level
MEDIA paper (see footnotes)

Field of the Degree
300 Level

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Stream
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Screen based media (film, tv, animation, digital games, ICTs) form an essential and necessary part of life in the 21st century - they inform, represent, thrill, shock, disgust, shape our thinking, direct our work patterns and practices, and broaden our social and communication experiences. A BA or BSocSc degree, majoring in Screen and Media Studies, or a BDes, majoring in Media Design, provides students with valuable creative and critical skills, and transferrable body of knowledge necessary to achieve success in media-dependant occupations. Studying Screen and Media provides a multi-disciplinary education (film & cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, communication studies, sociology, political-economy and more) that equips students with the ability to think critically, apply theory and research to understand how different aspects of culture and society function, and professional skills in writing and production applicable to film, television, documentary, animation, sound and interactive media.

Screen and Media Studies lecturers possess expertise in a diverse range of theoretical and research approaches, creative practices and medium-specific knowledge. During degree study students are encouraged to take advantage of a broad range of opportunities to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in telling their own stories and exploring their individual passions and interests. Screen and Media provides a supportive creative environment and research-empowering learning context for students to better understand human-media interactions.

Screen and Media Studies is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Screen and Media Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Screen and Media Studies as a single major in the BA or the BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Screen and Media Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, either MEDIA101 or MEDIA102, MEDIA200, MEDIA201, either MEDIA202 or MEDIA203, and 60 points from MEDIA300, MEDIA301, MEDIA302 or MEDIA303, MEDIA304, and MEDIA305.

To complete Screen and Media Studies as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points, from the papers listed for Screen and Media Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, MEDIA101 or MEDIA102, MEDIA200 and MEDIA201.

To complete a minor in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Screen and Media Studies major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: MEDIA102 is prerequisite for MEDIA202, and MEDIA202 is prerequisite for MEDIA302.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA100Understanding Visual Culture20A (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Our lives are dominated by still and moving images and visual technologies. This paper will constitute an important first step in learning to understand how images variously work to convey ideas, their impact and influence on our behaviour, thinking and culture. It draws on a broad theoretical platform from aesthetics, art history,...
MEDIA101Media, Culture and Society20B (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 cont...
MEDIA102Film Production 1: Telling Stories20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 designing, shooting and editing digital short films.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA200Acts of Representation20B (Hamilton)
This paper establishes a conceptual awareness of acts of representation across visual, audiovisual and musical mediums, and facilitates the development of skills that allow us to analyse and engage with mediatised representational practices in critical and creative ways.
MEDIA201Conducting Media Research20A (Hamilton)
How do we convert our questions into knowledge? This paper explores research as a process of inquiry that can lead to different results. Media researchers employ a wide range of research techniques in order to understand individual and societal experience with all forms of media, as well as examining the roles of media creators. In...
MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Students are challenged to extend their creative practice beyond the conventions of narrative film making. Working with moving image and sound, students work in teams to experiment with the affordances of the medium and extend their own creative thinking and strategies.
MEDIA203Digital Arts and Cultures20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The paper examines how traditional analogue media are being supplemented by digital media and the impact it is having on creative and artistic practices. Digital media is best understood as a complex process that involves the transformation of existing cultural forms and skills leading to more hybrid media forms and interdisciplina...
MEDIA204Studio Production20G (Hamilton)
An intensive, practice driven exploration of the potential of filming in a studio environment. Students master the technology, roles and communication protocols necessary for live production shoots.
MEDIA206Introduction to Filmmaking20X (Hamilton)
Challenge your creativity by creating four short films. You will learn filmmaking basics and work in a professional studio environment. Each project will develop your practical skills, creating a portfolio of work suitable for public exhibition.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores foundational concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts during workshop sessions. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: world-making, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences. Students will produce a portfolio of writing, including pro...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA300Contemporary Television20S (Online)
Contemporary television has drastically changed how we tell stories. Over the past two decades, the shift in long-form televisual narrative has resulted in an abundance of high-quality TV dramas that challenge cinematic storytelling. This paper reflects on these changes and asks students to evaluate the success of high-end producer...
MEDIA301Animation: Theory and Practice20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
While providing a broad critical and historical context of animation and animated films, this paper introduces students to key principles, techniques, cultural expression, aesthetic approaches and applications for animation. Students are encouraged to explore conceptual approaches, and apply these to innovative creative productions...
MEDIA302Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Do you want to create a festival-ready short film? Develop your creative practice in filmmaking and challenge yourself with a hands-on practical paper that builds on the skills acquired in MEDIA102 and MEDIA202. Students hone their craft in several areas, including: cinematography, sound design, scriptwriting and directing to produ...
MEDIA303Cinema Worlds20A (Hamilton)
The growth of parallel film production industries in India, Africa, China and the South Pacific is infiltrating and challenging conventional US film production. This paper looks at a range of examples from 'world cinema' and also considers how the movements of people, of technologies, money, ideas and cultures are producing new sty...
MEDIA304Documentary Practices20B (Hamilton)
Students explore documentary theory and practice by examining a range of forms associated with documentary culture, including documentary photography, feature film documentary, 'mockumentary', reality gameshows, and animated documentary.
MEDIA305Interactive Media Design20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Create your own interactive projects that expand your creative practice. Students will engage with contemporary arts practices to devise audio-visual installations, evaluate the rise of interactivity in gaming and VR, and create projects that blend different media formats.
MEDIA307Professional Studio Production20G (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to explore professional studio production roles and experience working within, and as part of a studio ecology. Students learn to communicate and work in a controlled live production space comprising of a control (live editing) booth and studio floor (green screen, operating studio pedestal mounted camera...
MEDIA308Media and Social Change20B (Hamilton)
Examines the affordances of digital media and the social, industrial and political opportunities and challenges they present. A capstone course for the digital society strand in a Screen and Media major in the BA and BSocSc.
MEDIA309Game Design20G (Online)
This paper examines interactive digital gaming 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 explore key principles of game design.
MEDIA390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (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 Screen Media, who will guide them through the research proce...

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN532Information Visualisation20A (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.
MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action20A (Hamilton)
This paper identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on research as an intellectual, theoretical, and processual activity as well as the roles of interdisciplinary projects in creating unique methodological and conceptual media research.
MEDIA504Media Design and Aesthetics20A (Hamilton)
Audio-visual media are undergoing continual transformations that question the roles of makers and audiences alike. Students are encouraged to experiment with sensory perception in order to question current notions of aesthetics in relation to cultural practices and media creations. This process of reflection encourages critical per...
MEDIA506Scriptwriting20A (Hamilton)
This workshop-based paper develops understanding and experience of script-construction processes and practices as well as script analysis. Students will produce second draft scripts for the format, length and genre of their choice.
MEDIA507Creative Research Development20A (Hamilton)
Have you got a topic you are passionate about to research? This paper provides students the opportunity to engage with primary texts in preparation for writing their dissertation. You will explore research design frameworks which will support the completion of a robust dissertation.
MEDIA508Practice-Led Research20A (Hamilton)
Are you a creative practitioner that wants to experiment with practice-led research? This paper offers a site for experimentation and develop of a practical project to be included in a final dissertation.
MEDIA590Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
Provides students with an opportunity to engage with a research topic of their choice from the field of Screen and Media Studies under the guidance and supervision of a lecturer from the programme. The output may be entirely a written report or a balance of creative practice and written report. This paper offers a sound first step ...
MEDIA591Dissertation20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
Provides students with an opportunity to engage with a topic of their choice from the field of Screen and Media Studies under the guidance and supervision of a lecturer from the programme. The outcome is a report of approx 10,000 words or equivalent on the findings of a theoretical, empirical or practice-led investigation in the fi...
MEDIA592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
Provides students with an opportunity to engage with a topic of their choice from the field of Screen and Media Studies under the guidance and supervision of a lecturer from the programme. The outcome is a report of approx 15,000 - 20,000 words or equivalent on the findings of a theoretical, empirical or practice-led investigation ...
MEDIA593Screen and Media Studies Thesis20X (Hamilton)
Provides students with an opportunity to engage with a topic of their choice from the field of Screen and Media Studies under the guidance and supervision of a lecturer from the programme. The outcome is a report of approx. 30,000 words or equivalent on the findings of a theoretical, empirical or practice-led investigation in the f...
MEDIA594Screen and Media Studies Thesis20X (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to engage with a topic of their choice from the field of Screen and Media Studies under the guidance and supervision of a lecturer from the programme. The outcome is a report of approx 40,000 - 50,000 words or equivalent on the findings of a theoretical, empirical or practice-led inv...

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA800Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA900Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
No description available.
MEDIA901Screen and Media Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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

a) a BA with a major in Screen and Media Studies with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

b) a BA(Hons) in Screen and Media Studies (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

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 MEDIA501, 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.

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the catalogue of papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

Note: There will be no new intake into the BMCT in 2017.  Screen 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