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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.

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, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
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Career opportunities

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

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.

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, MEIDA507 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. Althernatively, students may select one 30 point paper at 500 level offered in the University in place of MEDIA504, MEDIA507 and MEDIA508.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

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.
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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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 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