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GradDip - Screen and Media Studies as a subject

Studying a graduate diploma helps you develop knowledge and skills in your chosen subject area which will enable you to undertake a new career or further study.

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: 1.0
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (International): $24,425-$35,700 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*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.

Career opportunities

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

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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.

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Screen and Media Studies Programme

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, please contact one of our friendly student advisors at phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email:

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

There will be no new intakes into the Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies (BMCT) from 2017, unless enrolled at the Zhejiang University City College based in China.

Screen and Media students who enrolled in the BMCT in 2016 or prior should consult the School of Arts for advice.


School of Arts
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4543
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