Screen and Media Studies (2024)
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, or a BDes, majoring in Media Design, 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 first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Screen and Media Studies may also be taken as a second major or minor, subject to approval of the Division 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 MEDIA200 or MEDIA207, and MEDIA201.
To complete Screen and Media Studies as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points in papers listed for Screen and Media Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, either MEDIA200 or MEDIA207, 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: Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(SMSt) and GradDip(SMSt)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(SMSt), PGDip(SMSt), BA(Hons), BMCT(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MMCT
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
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 complete 120 points including 90 points of MEDIA coded papers, (15 points at 100 or 200-level and 75 points at 300-Level or above).
For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(SMSt), PGDip(SMSt), BA(Hons), BMCT(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MMCT
Note that COMPX543 and DSIGN532 may not be taken towards the BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons) or MA in Screen and Media Studies.
To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(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 MEDIA501, MEDIA591 and 60 points chosen from COMPX543, DSIGN532, GLOBE589, MEDIA504, MEDIA506, MEDIA507 and MEDIA508.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Screen and Media Studies students must have completed either:
a) a BA with a major in Screen and Media Studies (or equivalent) 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) or a PGDip (or equivalent) in a relevant subject with at least a B average, and
c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
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, or 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.
NOTE: Students applying for the MMCT will be required to submit a portfolio comprised of examples of written or practical work (film, animation, VR etc).
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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location MEDIA100 Understanding Visual Culture 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (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,... MEDIA101 Living in Media Worlds 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper encourages you to reflect on the media technologies, platforms, practices and content that you engage with regularly. How do they support and affect your lifestyle and identity? How does belonging to particular online and offline communities affect how you use and create media? In this paper students learn to understand ... MEDIA102 Film Production 1: Telling Stories 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location MEDIA201 Conducting Media Research 15.0 24B (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... MEDIA202 Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (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. MEDIA203 Digital Arts and Cultures 15.0 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) The 21st century has seen a fundamental shift from analogue to digital media systems. This paper will discuss some major aesthetic approaches and theoretical perspectives that have been developed as a means of explaining what is distinctive about digital media and its artistic and cultural applications (aka creative practices using... MEDIA207 Transmedia Storytelling 15.0 24B (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. MEDIA220 Creative Media Production 15.0 24A (Hamilton) This paper will engage students with a client-based approach to media production. Students will be asked to produce creative projects adhering to strict criteria in a variety of media formats including film, animation, podcasts, audio-visual installations, and studio-based productions. WRITE205 Writing for the Screen 15.0 24A (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...
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location MEDIA300 Contemporary Television 15.0 No occurrences 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 producers such as HBO, Netflix, Amazon and Showtime that have pushed TV beyond its previous boundaries. MEDIA301 Animation 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24X (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 expressions, aesthetic approaches and applications for animation. Students are encouraged to explore conceptual approaches, and apply these to innovative creative projects o... MEDIA302 Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen 15.0 24X (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... MEDIA304 Documentary 15.0 24B (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. MEDIA305 Interactive Media Design 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (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. MEDIA308 Global Cultural Industries and Audiences 15.0 No occurrences 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. MEDIA309 Game, Play and Society 15.0 24G (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. MEDIA310 Human Interest Storytelling 15.0 24A (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. MEDIA320 Creative Media Project 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper provides an opportunity for students to develop and carry out a small scale creative media project with relative independence. Students will work with a supervisor to develop original creative content as a multi-platform experience. MEDIA330 Podcasting 15.0 24B (Hamilton) Podcasting has become an increasingly popular way of telling stories, exploring issues and educating. This paper will explore this relatively new format introducing its emerging codes and conventions and developing scripts and production skills for producing podcasts.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ALPSS500 Academic & Professional Research & Writing 30.0 24A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online) In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills for the future' identified by the World Economic Forum (2020), in order to produce resilient, creative students with strong analytic and critical thinking skills. MEDIA501 Critical and Creative Approaches to Research 30.0 24A (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. MEDIA504 Articulating Theory, Design and New Aesthetics 30.0 24B (Hamilton) In both Creative Practice and written graduate research choices between theoretical paradigms, research methods and the presentation of research outputs are closely aligned. This team-taught paper, which is complementary to MEDIA501, draws on the skills of staff practitioners in all of written, embodied, design-based, visual arts, ... MEDIA507 Theory and Research in Action 30.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) In this supervised paper, students will produce a pilot study utilising appropriate research frameworks and methodologies to form the basis of a topic which will support the completion of a robust dissertation. MEDIA508 Creative Practice Research 30.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) Are you a creative practitioner that wants to experiment with practice related research? This supervised paper offers a site for experimentation and development of a practical project to be contextualised within appropriate creative practice research frameworks. This may include, but not limited to, a short film, documentary, anima... MEDIA591 Research Project 30.0 24A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24D (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... MEDIA592 Dissertation 60.0 24X (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 ... MEDIA593 Screen and Media Studies Thesis 90.0 24X (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...
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location MEDIA800 Screen and Media Studies MPhil Thesis 120.0 24X (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location MEDIA900 Screen and Media Studies PhD Thesis 120.0 24I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton) No description available. MEDIA901 Screen and Media Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis 120.0 24I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton) No description available.
2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 October 2023 8:50am