Cinema studies offers a comprehensive program of study which draws on established links with industry and the professional film community. The program is underpinned by theoretical and interpretive approaches to cinema, television and new entertainment technologies that will assist students in applying this knowledge in practical and professional frameworks. Students benefit directly from the opportunity to explore the creative and professional aspects of the cinematic arts at close range with film directors, organisers of film festivals and film distribution agencies. The academic staff are leaders in their fields and endeavour to provide new and unique approaches to interactive or on-line teaching. With a particular emphasis on viewing and analysis of film, video and television, screenings are an integral part of the program. Graduates of cinema studies find employment in a range of professional capacities and organisations such as film festivals, cinema complexes, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, the Australian Film Institute, Film Victoria, and Screensound.
Cinema studies deals with the interpretation, history and theory of cinema, television, and new visual media such as computer games and theme park spaces. Subjects cover the areas of film history, Hollywood cinema, art cinemas, documentary, ethnographic film-making, Australian cinema, genre studies (horror, comedy, film noir, the love story, etc.), television, cross-media forms such as comic books, computer games and theme park attractions. Studies address theoretical issues of spectatorship, postmodernism, historical poetics, postcolonialism, gender, sexuality and the body. Cinema is one of the major visual and aesthetic forms of the 20th and 21st centuries.