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Media Studies in New Zealand

If you are a student looking to pursue media studies, the options are plenty. This course prepares you for a global, multicultural, digital, creative and smart environment.

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Many leading Universities in New Zealand offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in film, television and media studies. You can choose to specialise in any one of these.

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Design, art, film, television, creative writing, journalism and public relations…for an international student looking to pursue media studies in New Zealand, the options are plenty.

Multiple academy award winner digital visual effects company Weta Digital has revolutionised the industry and popularized media studies in New Zealand. Media and communication is a subject that is offered at the tertiary level in New Zealand universities. Some institutes known for their outstanding curriculum in this area are the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Auckland, Massey University and University of Otago.

Many leading universities in New Zealand offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Film, Television and Media Studies. You can choose to specialise in one of these. The courses let you explore the fields both from academic as well as practical perspectives. Students of these courses study the aesthetics, content, social relevance, technology and production techniques. All forms of media can be studied including television, film, the internet and digital media.

Career opportunities for graduate in media studies are plenty, and are present in areas like advertising, journalism, public relations, broadcasting, editing, education and marketing.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in media studies focuses on the basic concepts, research methods and analytical techniques, while a master’s course in the area will involve research and study of a specialised field such as new media, television, popular music or advertising.

The courses prepare you to succeed in a global, multicultural, digital, creative and smart environment. Apart from the regular lectures and discussion, students can also expect TV studio and computer laboratory sessions, group activities, role-play exercises, screenings, and seminars. Almost all of the leading universities offering media studies boast of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment such as production and editing facilities, web design and digital image manipulation.

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