School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

Media Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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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.

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Undergraduate study

Media Studies 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

You may decide to focus on particular areas of study within your Media Studies major. Download the Media Studies pathways (PDF, 212KB).

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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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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

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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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers
Art History
English Literature
Māori Studies
Pacific Studies
Political Science

Public relations

To view the latest Career View: Media Studies brochure.

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List of courses

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.

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