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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.

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.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

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

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MEDIA100Understanding Visual Culture15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online) & 21X (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 Society15.021B (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 Stories15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Points Occurrence / Location
MEDIA200Acts of Representation15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Research15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Creativity15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Cultures15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (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...
MEDIA206Introduction to Filmmaking15.021X (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.
MEDIA207Transmedia Storytelling15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper explores transmedia storytelling in a variety of contexts. Students will engage with narratives that are spread across multiple media platforms and develop a critical understanding of key concepts and frameworks.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Points Occurrence / Location
MEDIA300Contemporary Television15.021H (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 Practice15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Screen15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Worlds15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Practices15.021B (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 Design15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Production15.021G (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 Change15.021B (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, Play and Society15.021G (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.
MEDIA310Human Interest Storytelling15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper will explore creative non-fiction audio-visual storytelling in a variety of contexts. Students will produce a portfolio of practical outputs within a human interest framework that focuses on specific social, cultural, and political issues.
MEDIA390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21D (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 Points Occurrence / Location
DSIGN532Information Visualisation15.021A (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.
MEDIA501Critical and Creative Approaches to Research30.021A (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 Aesthetics30.021B (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...
MEDIA507Theory and Research in Action30.021A (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.
MEDIA508Creative Practice Research30.021A (Hamilton)
Are you a creative practitioner that wants to experiment with practice-led research? This paper offers a site for experimentation and development of a practical project to be included in a final dissertation.
MEDIA590Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21H (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 ...
MEDIA591Dissertation30.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21D (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...
MEDIA592Dissertation60.021X (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 Thesis90.021X (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 Thesis120.021X (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 Points Occurrence / Location
MEDIA800Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MEDIA900Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
No description available.
MEDIA901Screen and Media Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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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 or better.

Please 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). Candidates are expected to have some experience with any software packages they wish to use for their projects.

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

Option 1: Creative Practice-Based MMCT - Students must complete 180 points at 500 level including MEDIA501 (30 pts), MEDIA508 (30 pts) and a 120 point thesis, MEDIA594.

Option 2: Traditional Research-Based MMCT - Students must complete 180 points at 500 level including MEDIA501 (30 pts), MEDIA507 (30 pts) and a 120 point thesis MEDIA594.

Option 3: School of Arts/Design MMCT - Students must complete 180 points at 500 level including MEDIA501 (30 pts), 60 points from MEDIA504, MEDIA507, MEDIA508, MEDIA590 (all 30 pts) or any other 30 point 500 Level paper offered by the University, and MEDIA593.


Contacts

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