Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 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 is a primary means by which we know ourselves and society. From television to popular music, the internet and mobile technologies, media is increasingly intertwined in our lives.
Media Studies at Victoria prepares students with the tools they need to navigate an ever-changing world. Come to Wellington to enjoy a vibrant urban landscape, which enables immediate access to keeping pace with changes in the creative industries and media economy while living in the creative capital of New Zealand.
Choose from a broad range of courses on television, popular culture, visual culture, media and politics, media and identity, digital media and media in Aotearoa / New Zealand. Learn from award-winning teachers and internationally recognised media researchers.
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Media Studies at Victoria gives you a range of critical, applied, creative and communicative skills relevant to work in the information age.
Media Studies is distinctive in drawing from both the Humanities and the Social Sciences and, like others in the Faculty, all of our courses develop skills in written and spoken communication, independent research and the critical analysis of texts, practices and cultures which have a clear relevance for a variety of career paths.
Our graduates have gone on to careers in media production and analysis, public service and non-governmental organisations, teaching and research.
Our programme is ranked first among Media Studies programmes in New Zealand for research in the PBRF rankings and we maintain clear and relevant links between our research and our teaching.
We have strong ties with government agencies and policy bodies, industry and producers and non-governmental organisations, as well as with the wider academic community.
There are also clear affinities between our subject area and the related disciplines of Film, English Literature, Theatre, Political Science, Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, Music, Art History, Sociology, Philosophy, Marketing, Design and Education.
Media Studies 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
You may decide to focus on particular areas of study within your Media Studies major. Download the Media Studies pathways (PDF, 212KB).
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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If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.
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Media Studies courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies. The School office is located on the Ground Level, 83 Fairlie Terrace.
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: Media, War and Crisis
|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