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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible degree so you can specialise or study a wide variety of topics. Over the three years of your degree, you will gain the critical thinking, creative problem solving, and communication skills that employers want. Unique practical experiences such as internships are on offer too. The Bachelor of Arts requires a minimum total of 360 points. Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 135 points in a single Arts subject. Of these, at least 60 points must be at 300-level and at least 45 points at 200-level.

The cultural impact and influence of cinema has been enormous. Film pervades many aspects of our daily lives and a critical awareness of its tools and techniques is essential for understanding contemporary culture and society.

From its inception, cinema has been a truly global phenomenon. It was the most popular art form of the 20th century and continues to play an important role in the development of digital media.

Cinema Studies classes encourage students to view films critically and to reflect upon their own role as spectators and consumers of cinematic images.

Why study Cinema Studies at UC?

Our courses reflect the global scope of film history by covering a wide range of films and directors from the era of silent film and the advent of sound (1896-1930s), the heyday of Hollywood and international art cinema (1939-1980s), and the globalisation of film and contemporary world cinema (1990s to the present). There is certainly something for everyone and plenty of surprises along the way!

Double degrees

It is possible to combine an Arts degree with other degrees.

Further study

The College of Arts has a wide range of options for postgraduate and graduate study with excellent research facilities. Pathways include: Bachelor of Arts with Honours; Master of Arts; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career opportunities

A Cinema Studies graduate is ideally suited for work in the creative and cultural sector, especially in the constantly evolving areas of film and multimedia. The film industry is not only limited to production but also encompasses screenwriting, exhibition, promotion, preservation, programming and education.

A critical knowledge of film culture is valued in festival programmers and organisers, curators, archivists, film historians, cultural planners, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The visual and critical literacy skills acquired by a Cinema Studies graduate are also useful in the related areas of television, interactive media (web design and video), advertising and journalism.

Film is now offered as an integral part of secondary school education and specialised teachers are in demand.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$29,513.00 (US$ 17,677) per year
First 120 points

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Venue

University of Canterbury

Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave,

Ilam,

CHRISTCHURCH,

Upper Riccarton,

8041, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA or any other equivalent overseas qualification. The literacy requirement for admission to university will be met if the IB diploma has been completed with English as the language in any of: Language A: literature (SL or HL); Language A: language and literature (SL or HL), or Language B: (HL). If you have a minimum of 24 points towards the IB. English language requirements: IELTS academic 6.0 overall (no section < 5.5); TOEFL (iBT) total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening; English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at CCEL - EAP 2 grade C+; Pearsons (Academic) - Overall score of 50 (no section < 42).

For international students

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury’s alumni include popular personalities such as Karl Popper, one of the greatest twentieth-century science philosophers.

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