The undergraduate curriculum in Film Studies covers a wide range of cinematic periods, movements, and styles; and offers several opportunities to work practically with the medium you are studying.

The Film Studies major includes historical, theoretical and cross-cultural studies of film as well as practical courses in video production.

You can specialise in a number of established research-led teaching strengths: film and critical theory, American independent cinema, comedy, film performance, documentary and a range of national and regional cinemas. The courses provide you with:

  • Critical and practical skills to understand, analyse, and work with one of the most popular art forms of the 20th and 21st centuries
  • The opportunity to explore the impact of technological, economic, cultural and aesthetic factors on film and the cinema industry
  • An examination of the ways that cinema has shaped contemporary life and culture
  • An international perspective on the place and history of film in global media culture
Degree Options
Sample Courses

Hollywood Film, Contemporary Approaches, Film Styles and Aesthetics, Documentary Cinema and the production courses, Working with Image and Sound and Video Project.

Download a list of current Film Studies courses here.

Honours Program

Honours is an extra year of study, that combines aspects of undergraduate study with those of post-graduate research. Studying Honours in Film Studies offers a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers.

Higher Degree Research

We offer supervision in Film Studies in the Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Arts by Research.

Situated in a multidisciplinary school that fosters dialogue between disciplinary fields and between theorists and practitioners, higher degree research candidates in Film Studies produce original research on various aspects of screen culture and contribute to the dynamic developments in film and moving image studies.

Our graduate students work across a wide-range of topics, contribute to the School’s annual postgraduate conference, publish in reputable journals, conduct archival research and regularly present at national and international conferences. Our graduate students play an active role in seminars and workshops. Opportunities for collaborative research and publication abound.

Graduates from our program will gain a thorough grounding in the current state of the discipline, a high-level proficiency in argumentation and written expression, opportunities to develop their creative potential, and a professional and collaborative outlook on life.

Our students regularly embark on academic exchange to develop their potential at Universities including the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Montreal.

Film Studies Graduate
Film Studies Graduate Clark Carter's adventure doco: The Crossing

Clark's documentary premiered at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival last week.

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