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MA - Screen and Media Studies as a main subject

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, School of Arts or the School of Social Sciences.

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: 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,748-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $30,695-$34,930 (120 pts) or $46,045-$52,395 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate 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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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 DSIGN532 and COMPX543 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 MEDIA591 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) (China only) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level including MEDIA591, MEDIA501 and 60 points chosen from DSIGN532, COMPX543, GLOBE589, MEDIA504, MEDIA506, MEDIA507 and MEDIA508.

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.

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.

NOTE: Students applying for the MMCT will be encouraged to submit a portfolio comprised of examples of written or practical work (film, animation, VR etc), including an indication of the mediums and scope of the creative practice they wish to develop.

Students can choose the following options to complete their MMCT in 1 calendar year, or 1.5 years part-time.

Option 1: Creative Practice-Based MMCT - Students will complete their MMCT with a practical component integrated into their dissertation. They will utilise their skills from MEDIA501 and develop their practice-led research skills in MEDIA508, producing a portfolio of creative works. B and C semesters will involve both the completion of a practical project of a high standard and submission of a robust creative practice dissertation. Word count: 30,000-35,000 including practical project, exegesis and academic research.

Option 2: Traditional Research-Based MMCT - Students will complete their MMCT by utilising their skills from MEDIA501 and develop a research strategy in MEDIA507 and engage with readings on their chosen subject. In MEDIA594, students will research and present a dissertation to be submitted at the end of C semester. Word count: 40,000-50,000.

Option 3: School of Arts/Design MMCT -Students will complete their MMCT with a mix of taught and directed study papers to produce both practical projects and a dissertation on a research topic of their choosing. Word count: 15,000-20,000.

Alternatively: A semester MEDIA501 (30 points), MEDIA507, or students may choose one 30 point 500 level paper in place of MEDIA507 offered in the university; B semester - Students may choose either MEDIA504, MEDIA508, or MEDIA590 and MEDIA593 to be completed in B and C semester.

To complete a MMCT (Options 1 and 2) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including MEDIA501 and MEDIA594 and 30 points from MEDIA507 or MEDIA508.

To complete a MMCT (Option 3) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including MEDIA501 and MEDIA592, and three 30 point papers chosen from MEDIA504, MEDIA507, MEDIA508. Alternatively, students may select one 30 point paper at 500 level offered in the University in place of MEDIA504, MEDIA507 and MEDIA508.

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...

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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, please contact one of our friendly student advisors at phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

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.


Contacts

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Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4543
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: smst-fass@waikato.ac.nz
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