School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

Media Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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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).

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Undergraduate study

BA major requirements

  1. 40 points from MDIA 100–199
  2. 40 points from MDIA 200–299
  3. 40 points from MDIA 300–399
  4. 20 further points from MDIA 200–399

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Postgraduate study

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.

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How to find out more

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Media Studies courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.
Media Studies Reception: Ground Level, 83 Fairlie Terrace.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

English Literature
Political Science

Public relations
Technical writer

To view the latest Career View: Media Studies brochure from Vic Careers, please see the PDF in the table below

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List of courses

For a complete course listing, see the list of all Media Studies courses.

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 209 – Critical Approaches to Advertising and Consumer Culture

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

MDIA 321 – Special Topic: Media Representations of Politics

MDIA 322 – Special Topic: Media, Technologies and Surveillance

400 Level Courses

MDIA 402 – Film, Culture and Society

MDIA 403 – Mass Media and Popular Culture

MDIA 404 – Television Industries and Forms: The Case of Drama

MDIA 407 – Media, Subjectivity and Identity

MDIA 408 – Media Policy

MDIA 409 – Special Topic: Media and the City

MDIA 410 – Special Topic: Media and Environmental Issues

MDIA 412 – International News Media

MDIA 413 – Media, History and Theory

MDIA 414 – Advanced Studies in Television Culture

MDIA 489 – Research Project