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PGDip - Screen and Media Studies as a subject

Postgraduate diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a masters degree.

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

Entry Requirements:

Entry usually requires a bachelors degree (or equivalent) and an advanced level of study in your subject area.

Year: 1.0
Points: 120 points
Start Dates: February (Semester A) and July (Semester B)
Fees (International): $29,370-$38,350 per year
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, COMPX543, MEDIA591, MEDIA592, MEDIA593 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 pactical work (film, animation, VR etc), including an indication of the mediums and scope of the creative pracitce 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.


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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