Screen and Media Studies Papers at Tauranga (2018)

Screen and Media Studies prepares its students for a future that is both local and global, multi-cultural, multi-skilled, digital, and creative. A future that will continue to transform with the introduction of new and emerging technologies. A Screen and Media Studies major in the BMCT combines critical thinking with generating content. The new professional, the new citizen, the new critic and the new maker will need to understand media from design to consumption, use and appropriation. Media cannot be understood fully without an experience of creating, crafting, constructing or composing; equally we believe compelling, effective and inventive media experiences require an understanding of how media function, operate and affect users/audiences. The focus of a Screen and Media Studies major is an exploration of the creative applications and possibilities associated with various audio-visual creative technologies and how that might lead to new modes of expression that shape the ways we see and understand the world.

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 MEDIA101, either MEDIA100 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, 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 that students wishing to take Film Production papers at 200 and 300 levels (MEDIA202 and MEDIA305) will need to complete MEDIA102 as a prerequisite.

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.


  • 100 level

  • 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.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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