Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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- Undergraduate study
- Postgraduate study
- How to find out more
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses
This subject is taught by the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.
Media Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field which analyses the meaning and role of media such as newspapers, magazines, television, the internet and popular music. Media are a major social, cultural and political force in society. They can have enormous influence, shaping not only knowledge, values and desires but also our perceptions of society, culture, and nation.
Media Studies courses allow students to explore political, institutional, industrial, historical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of media through a variety of media forms, contexts, theories and production/reception cultures. Media Studies courses also foster an understanding of how media products are constructed in response to a combination of technological, institutional, creative and cultural conditions.
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) major in Media Studies offers a range of courses at undergraduate level. At first-year level (MDIA 101, 102, 103) courses provide a coherent and complementary introduction to basic concepts, analytical techniques and research methodologies. Each course at subsequent levels is designed to build upon, put into practice and develop these in relation to more specific topics and contexts, such as news, popular music, television, new media, advertising, cultural production, and identity (notably gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and indigeneity).
BA major requirements
- 40 points from MDIA 100–199
- 40 points from MDIA 200–299
- 40 points from MDIA 300–399
- 20 further points from MDIA 200–399
Postgraduate qualifications in Media Studies
For information specific to Media Studies, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Master of Arts
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Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.
Media Studies courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.
Media Studies Reception: Ground Level, 83 Fairlie Terrace.
To view the latest Career View: Media Studies brochure from Vic Careers, please see the PDF in the table below
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For a complete course listing, see the list of all Media Studies courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
MDIA 101 – Media: Texts and Images
MDIA 102 – Media, Society and Politics
MDIA 103 – Popular Media Culture
|200 Level Courses|
MDIA 201 – Media in Aotearoa New Zealand
MDIA 202 – Television Studies
MDIA 203 – Visual Culture
MDIA 205 – Popular Music Studies
MDIA 206 – Media and Digital Cultures
MDIA 207 – News Analysis
MDIA 208 – Media Audiences
MDIA 220 – Special Topic
MDIA 221 – Special Topic: Global Crises and the News
|300 Level Courses|
MDIA 301 – Media Theory and Cultural Production
MDIA 302 – Television Narrative
MDIA 304 – News Culture
MDIA 305 – A Social History of Popular Music
MDIA 306 – Media, Gender and Sexuality
MDIA 308 – Maori Media
MDIA 309 – New Media: Theory and Practice
MDIA 310 – Cultural Identity and the Media
MDIA 312 – Media, Polity and Economy
|400 Level Courses|
MDIA 402 – Film, Culture and Society
MDIA 403 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
MDIA 407 – Media, Subjectivity and Identity
MDIA 408 – Media Policy
MDIA 409 – Special Topic: Media and the City
MDIA 412 – International News Media
MDIA 413 – Media, History and Theory
MDIA 414 – Advanced Studies in Television Culture
MDIA 489 – Research Project