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Undergraduate subject

Cinema Studies

Mātai Kiriata

27 October 2023

Cinema Studies classes view films critically to reflect upon roles as spectators and consumers of cinematic images.



Cinema Studies


Film is a unique medium, in that there are so many ways to tell stories. The cultural impact and influence of cinema over the years has been huge.

This subject will introduce you to the tools and techniques used in film creation. In your classes, you will analyse the structure, cinematic style, and storytelling of films from diverse genres through the lens of theory, history, and culture.

Cinema Studies

What will my study involve?

  • From the silent era of film to modern day – explore the evolution of movies and filmmaking.
  • Other topics include analysis of scenes, screenwriting, exploration of Māori identity, storytelling for children, and the French New Wave.
  • You can minor in Cinema Studies in many UC bachelor’s degrees.

Cinema Studies


Cinema Studies major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




Cinema Studies minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:

Cinema Studies

Career opportunities

You will learn the art of critical analysis for themes, theories, and technical aspects of filmmaking. Film is a broad medium, so there are many opportunities from writing and production to business and marketing in the industry.

Career pathways could include:

  • filmmaking
  • film reviewing
  • marketing and public relations
  • event management.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Cinema Studies.

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