Film and Screen Studies

Film and Screen Studies involves historical, textual and critical approaches to film and television. We cover Australian, Asian and European national cinemas, earlier and contemporary popular Hollywood, alternative film and video, documentary film, Australian television, popular television genres and video practice.

Our school emphasises the variety of historical and critical modes of analysing film and television, and we encourage students to combine their film and television studies with other relevant and compatible units within the Faculty of Arts.

Teaching Program

Our program is one of the largest stand-alone film studies programs in Australia. The independent enquiry of the Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory (RUFCT) informs our teaching program, so that subject matter is always up to the minute, and at the forefront of thinking in this domain.

We aim to create film and screen experts, with a specific language and means to critique and analyse film and screen. We also explore the film and screen cultures of Asia, the United States and Europe, from contemporary popular Hollywood to alternative film and video, to documentary film, popular television genres, and video practice.

International opportunities

We have numerous formal and informal alliances with peer institutions across the developed and developing world, and Film and Screen Studies is no exception.

There are opportunities for student exchanges and internships, for international scholarships and study trips (for instance, to Film Festivals around the world). Students wishing to explore opportunities abroad are supported and encouraged.

For more information about student exchange and other study abroad opportunities, including short term programs, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, see: Arts Learning Abroad.

Courses

Undergraduate studies

Graduate Research

All Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates (MA and PhD) whose principal supervisor is a Full Member of RUFCT have Associate membership.

Monash Media Lab

Monash Media, Film and Journalism students have a professional media environment right on campus - the Monash Media Lab, a spectacular state-of-the art facility which boasts:

  • two radio and sound production studios with a control-room/audio production and teaching suites;
  • an open-plan newsroom;
  • editing suites;
  • a broadcast TV and video production studio;
  • a TV control room; and
  • two teaching laboratories

The Media Lab Production Program provides staff and students with detailed instruction on Podcasting, Video Production, Presenting and Digital Marketing.

Research

Film and Screen Studies (FSS) at Monash University is one of the largest stand-alone film and television studies programs in Australia.

Research undertaken in FSS offers a unique perspective on contemporary and past screen media, stimulates critical and innovative thinking, and engages with the rich and diverse cultural history of the moving image.

Researchers in FSS hold a strong interest in Australian cinema, Asian cinema, European cinema, documentary film, women’s cinema, serial film studies, film aesthetics and histories. From the first silent films through to YouTube, FSS contributes to a body of research at the vanguard of film theory and criticism, and film history and culture.

Film and Screen Studies research at Monash University is ranked ‘4’ (Above World Standard) in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012 and 2015.

Staff

Our academics in Film and Screen Studies enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.