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 Handbook.

Meet our staff

Head of La Trobe's Department of Creative Arts and English, Dr Terrie Waddell, on combining your passions with the skills and attributes to make you career ready.

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

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.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

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.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December.