Screen and Media Studies (2018)

Screen based media (film, tv, animation, digital games, ICTs) form an essential and necessary part of life in the 21st century - they inform, represent, thrill, shock, disgust, shape our thinking, direct our work patterns and practices, and broaden our social and communication experiences. A BA or BSocSc degree, majoring in Screen and Media Studies, provides students with valuable creative and critical skills, and transferrable body of knowledge necessary to achieve success in media-dependant occupations. Studying Screen and Media provides a multi-disciplinary education (film & cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, communication studies, sociology, political-economy and more) that equips students with the ability to think critically, apply theory and research to understand how different aspects of culture and society function, and professional skills in writing and production applicable to film, television, documentary, animation, sound and interactive media.

Screen and Media Studies lecturers possess expertise in a diverse range of theoretical and research approaches, creative practices and medium-specific knowledge. During degree study students are encouraged to take advantage of a broad range of opportunities to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in telling their own stories and exploring their individual passions and interests. Screen and Media provides a supportive creative environment and research-empowering learning context for students to better understand human-media interactions.

Screen and Media Studies is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Screen and Media Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Screen and Media Studies as a single major in the BA or the BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Screen and Media Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, either MEDIA101 or MEDIA102, MEDIA200, MEDIA201, either MEDIA202 or MEDIA203, and 60 points from MEDIA300, MEDIA301, MEDIA302 or MEDIA303, MEDIA304, and MEDIA305.

To complete Screen and Media Studies as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points, from the papers listed for Screen and Media Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, MEDIA101 or MEDIA102, MEDIA200 and MEDIA201.

To complete a minor in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Screen and Media Studies major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: MEDIA102 is prerequisite for MEDIA202, and MEDIA202 is prerequisite for MEDIA302.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Screen and Media Studies in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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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.

  • 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 CGRD532, COMP543, CRPC591, CRPC592, CRPC593 and PCSS589 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 SMST591 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) in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level including CRPC591, SMST501 and 60 points chosen from CGRD532, COMP543, PCSS589, SMST502, SMST503, SMST511, SMST512 and SMST519.

    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 SMST501, 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(Hons) or PGDip(SMST).

    To complete a MMCT in Screen and Media Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including CRPC593, SMST501 and 60 points chosen from CGRD532, COMP543, PCSS589, SMST502, SMST503, SMST511, SMST512 and SMST519.

  • 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
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    MEDIA100Understanding Visual Culture18A (Hamilton)
    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 Society18B (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 Stories18A (Hamilton)
    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 Representation18B (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 Research18B (Hamilton)
    How do we convert our questions into answers? In this paper students learn how to formulate research questions and discover different approaches and methods for conducting research. Media researchers employ a wide range of traditional and specialised research techniques in order to understand individual and societal experience with...
    MEDIA202Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity18B (Hamilton)
    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 Cultures18A (Hamilton)
    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 Production18T (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 Screen18A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    SMST306Documentary Practices18B (Hamilton)
    Students explore documentary theory and practice by examining a range of forms associated with visual documentary culture, including documentary photography, feature film documentary, 'mockumentary', reality gameshows, and animated documentary.
    SMST308Interactive Media Design18A (Hamilton)
    Students will focus on interactive screen technologies, employed in art installations and interactive public displays. They will become familiar with principles of interactive design in the creation of new audience and viewer experiences.
    SMST309Propaganda and Advertising18B (Hamilton)
    In this paper, students will develop a framework for analysing instances of propaganda, advertising and public information in order to gain a critical understanding of their usage in commercial and political contexts, as well as focusing on contemporary social media.
    SMST312Video Production 318B (Hamilton)
    Students examine digital cinema production with a focus on specific challenges such as construction of transitions, exploration of transitions, exploration of space/time, non-linearity, and narrativity. Students are able to work on individual projects having successfully completed SMST112 and SMST212.
    SMST313Screen and Media Internship18C (Hamilton)
    This paper provides opportunities for a limited number of Screen and Media Studies students to gain work experience in a professional environment in order to utilize their subject knowledge, apply and extend their skills. This is a good opportunity for students to critically reflect on the relationship between their university edu...
    SMST318Animation: Theory and Practice18A (Hamilton)
    While providing a broad critical and historical context of animated media, this paper introduces students to key principles, techniques and applications for animation. Students are encouraged to explore conceptual approaches, and apply these to innovative creative productions.
    SMST321Media Research18B (Hamilton)
    How do we convert our questions into answers? In this paper students learn how to formulate research questions and discover different approaches and methods for conducting research. Media researchers employ a wide range of innovative research techniques in order to understand individual and societal experience with all forms of med...
    SMST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (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 SMST, who will guide them through the research process.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CGRD532Information Visualisation18B (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.
    CRPC591Creative Research Project18B (Hamilton)
    Students undertake a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. Students complete an individual action research report that documents and analyses research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
    CRPC592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
    CRPC593Creative Research Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    Students will complete a collaboratively-designed creative research project that demonstrates the research topic and creative process. In an individual action report, students document and analyse research methods and findings in the context of relevant theory and practice. Students subsequently design and complete a research proje...
    PCSS589Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures18B (Online)
    Using recent critical work and research on new media, this course uses both online and face-to-face pedagogies so students critically examine the new media that have rapidly impacted on the lives of youth throughout the world. Students will develop a sound theoretical understanding of the media, its critical relationship to educati...
    SMST501Integrating Theory and Research18A (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on thei...
    SMST506Writing for Web Series18B (Hamilton)
    A workshop-based paper for students with some experience of scriptwriting which examines the creative, craft and industrial issues involved in writing a series of short audio-visual episodes for web distribution.
    SMST507Scriptwriting18A (Hamilton)
    This workshop based paper develops understanding and experience of script-construction processes and practices as well as script analysis. Students will produce scripts for possible future realisation in production.
    SMST518Creative Practice: Production18C (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on aesthetic and theoretical digital cinema developments through the production of two different short audio-visual projects, and with the aim of entering one in a film festival. The creative products will take into consideration each student's research interests; technical requirements given by the lecturer, as...
    SMST519Creative Practice: Development18C (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on experimental processes and re-contextualisation of audio-visual elements rather than narrative audio-visual coherence. This approach allows students to develop a stronger understanding of alternative creative strategies. Critical viewpoints on peer works will contribute to enrich individual film productions ...
    SMST520Media Design and Aesthetics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines several key approaches toward media aesthetics in relation to practices of transmedia and cultural reworking. Students are supported to develop the concepts and terminology that enable them to articulate this understanding using appropriate academic strategies.
    SMST590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    SMST591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SMST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SMST593Screen and Media Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SMST594Screen and Media Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    SMST800Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    SMST900Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    SMST901Screen and Media Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 January 2020 2:00pm

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