Film and Screen Studies

Film and screen studies involve historical, textual and critical approaches to film and television, and related video and new screen technologies. Film and screen studies cover Australian, Asian and European national cinemas, earlier and contemporary popular Hollywood and its institutions, alternative film and video, documentary film, Australian television, popular television genres, online screen forms, and video practice.

Available as a major or minor.

Emphasis is given to a variety of historical, critical and theoretical methods of analysis appropriate to the study of the moving image, including formal, semiotic and psychoanalytic approaches, institutional, reception and cultural studies approaches, consideration of issues to do with the intersection of ideology and culture, the representation of gender, race and class, and questions concerning the relations between film and television and new technologies.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Research Opportunities

We present you with a research unit hothouse that explores past and contemporary film worlds. As true internationalists, we share with you a strong interest in world cinema, documentary, Australian cinema, film aesthetics and intellectual histories. Learn how film culture and theory also pursues a particular sub-focus on all things cult, bad and underground.

Study Overseas

Study film and screen studies at universities overseas. You can explore other cultures with units in film and screen studies offered at our Malaysia Sunway campus, as well as a special unit on international aspects of Australian cinema at our centre in Prato, Italy.

Exciting Career Prospects

Film and screen studies are directly connected to media industries. These are industries propelled by ideas, and expressed and transmitted in audiovisual terms. Explore careers in film and television production; criticism and reviewing; film distribution and marketing; film exhibition; television networks; film and screen archives; and film festivals.