Screen Studies

Learn why and how we engage with screen content

Why study Screen Studies?

Expand your world view by engaging with screen culture. The Major in Screen Studies recognises that we all belong to a globalised networked culture, engaging with film, television, music and video across a range of platforms, from Netflix to YouTube. In a context of rapid change, Screen Studies offers students a solid grounding in conceptual thinking and creative practice, focusing on the love of storytelling and our fascination with the way that we present ourselves on screen.

Initially, you will learn the language of screen narrative and explore the creative possibilities of screen and sound media. Building from that, you will learn new concepts to think about your deep engagement with characters, actors and avatars on screen. In your final year, you will hone your skills as conceptual thinkers and creative producers, further developing the art of screen criticism and immersing yourselves in screen culture.

Building on the critical and conceptual skills that you learn in core subjects, you have the option of selecting electives in screenwriting, filmmaking, web series production, professional writing and performance.

To view subject offerings in this discipline see the 2017 Handbook.

Where can Screen Studies take me?

Screen Studies recognises the diverse career paths open to graduates in education, administration, cultural, creative and community sectors. Screen Studies graduates will have the opportunity to use their conceptual and creative skills to initiate projects, conduct research, teach and communicate ideas in engaging and innovative ways.

Screen Studies graduates have gone on to develop careers as screen content producers, filmmakers, film and media educators, university lecturers, journalists, editors, curators, archival assistants, screen arts coordinators, film festival programmers, gallery administrators and assistants.

Why La Trobe?

Screen Studies at La Trobe is steeped in a long history, being the first Cinema Studies program in Australia. This globally recognised program has produced graduates who have gone on to make major contributions as researchers, educators and practitioners. Screen Studies offers a range of dynamic subjects designed to produce graduates who will contribute critically and creatively to a global screen studies community.  You will be engaged by passionate Screen Studies teaching staff that includes active researchers and creative practitioners. La Trobe students also have the opportunity of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) through internships and competitive placements at Channel 31, along with producing work that contributes to thereallab.com.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, Honours in Screen Studies awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study, including creative practice.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research or PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Science or focus on staff in the Department of Department of Creative Arts and English – Screen Studies.

How to apply

Apply now to start in semester 1, 2017.

Key dates 

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

VTAC and UAC applications for 2016 are now closed.

Prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

Related study options

Creative and Professional Writing

Creative Arts

Media and Communication

Media Studies

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