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Undergraduate subject

Indigenous Narrative

04 October 2023
Explore ways of representing indigenous stories, history, and people through the digital media industry.


Indigenous Narrative


Indigenous Narrative explores ways of representing Indigenous stories, history, and people through the cinema and video game industry. A good understanding of Indigenous narrative is important for anyone working in the digital screen industry in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

Indigenous Narrative

What will my study involve?

  • Study the only Indigenous Narrative specialisation in Aotearoa.
  • This subject will complement your major, by adding a foundational indigenous understanding to anything you do.
  • Examine the political, historical, social, cultural, and ideological influences that shape the way Māori and Indigenous people are often portrayed in film and media and understand your role in producing authentic stories.
  • Te Whare Pūrākau Academy Scholarships are available annually for Māori, Pasifika, and other Indigenous students to gain mentorship and leverage from classes and wānanga with industry experts.

Indigenous Narrative


Indigenous Narrative 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:


Those on a Te Whare Pūrākau Academy Scholarship will take these courses instead of the 30-point options above.

Certificate in Indigenous Narrative

UC also offers a Certificate in Indigenous Narrative designed as professional development for anyone working in cinema, broadcasting, and video game industries to develop their Indigenous awareness.

Indigenous Narrative

Career opportunities

You can write your own stories or support other creative productions as a large number of global companies are seeking our technical and cultural expertise.

This study will also prepare you for roles outside of Aotearoa, particularly in countries aiming for more inclusivity and accuracy in their creative projects.

Career pathways could include:

  • media directing and producing
  • screenwriting for film and video games
  • copy writing
  • creative consultancy.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

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