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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMFilm&TV
CRICOS code061390J
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9905 2277


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Course coordinator

Dr Belinda Smaill


The Master 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 organisations
  • the evolution of Australian film theory and criticism.

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


At the completion of the course students will have acquired:

  • 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
  • advanced critical and theoretical skills, appropriate to engaging in current debates about film, television and new media, including film and television policy issues
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • more highly developed writing, communication and presentation skills.


This course consists of 24 points of core units, at least one 12 point research unit and elective units to make up a total of 72 points. A minimum of 24 point must be taken at level five.


Core units

At least two of the following four units:

* Students must complete at least one of these units.

Research units

At least one of the following three units (if more than one 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

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in Film and Television.
  • 48 points with a Postgraduate Diploma in Film and Television Studies.


Master of Film and Television Studies