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Monash University

Master of Film and Television Studies

Course code: 3945 ~ Course abbreviation: MFilm&TVStds ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The Masters of Film and Television Studies is a program designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and theoretical perspectives in recent debates and methodologies in film and television studies, examining film and film culture in a wide range of countries (Australia, the USA, Asia and Europe) and taking into account differences in film culture globally. Areas to be covered include an historical perspective on film theory and criticism; contemporary film theory and criticism; experimental cinema and screen culture; a reconsideration of genre and authorship; new thinking about television, and debates about new media; continuing roles for film festivals and screen culture organizations; the evolution of Australian film theory and criticism.

Where possible/appropriate, some film culture or industry internships will be negotiated, or practical projects offered as part of assessment.

Course objectives

At the completion of the course students will have acquired: 1. An understanding of issues in a range of key areas of film and television studies and in the film and television culture industries, both in australia and internationally. 2. advanced critical and theoretical skills, appropriate to engaging in current debates about film, television and new media, including film and television policy issues. 3. a capacity to engage with multicultural issues in australia and to cultural differences in an international context-particularly as manifested in film and television-and a sense of excitement at the challenges this poses to different ways of thinking. 4. an ability to consider the relevance of these debates and issues in a variety of professional and community contexts, whether as critic, programmer, teacher, cultural worker, film culture administrator or in some production context. 5. an understanding of a range of methodologies appropriate to further research in film and television studies and in the film and television culture industries, and some experience in their utilisation. 6. more highly developed writing, communication and presentation skills.

Minimum pass grade

Student must maintain a minimum credit average (60 C). If students do not maintain a minimum credit average they will exit the course with one of the qualifications outlined below under `Exit points'.

Course structure

Students complete 72 points, including 24 points of core units and at least one 12 point research unit - 24 point must be taken at level 5.

Course requirements

Core units

At least two of the following four units (including at least one of FTM4042/FTM5042 or FTM4052/FTM5052.html">FTM5052):

Research Units

At least one of the following three research units should be taken (but if more than one unit is taken the combination of research essay and research project is prohibited):

  • FTM4110/FTM5110 New research methodologies in film and television studies
  • FTM4120/FTM5120 Research essay in film and television studies
  • FTM5100 Research project in film and television studies (24 points)


  • FTM5320 Reframing authorship and genre
  • FTM5310 Australian film theory and criticism
  • FTM5330 Film festivals and internship

Exit points

If students do not maintain a minimum credit average (60 ~ ) they may exit the course after completing 24 points with a Graduate Certificate of Film and Television Studies, or after completing 48 points with a Postgraduate Diploma of Film and Television Studies.

Course coordinator

David Hanan