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The Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Studies


The Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Studies is intended primarily for graduates who have undertaken an appropriate programme for their first degree, but have not advanced Screen and Media Studies as a major subject. In the case of a candidate who has majored in Screen and Media Studies, and who wishes to proceed to the diploma, prior approval must be obtained from the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.

Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Studies (GradDipSMSt)
1.   Every candidate for the diploma shall
  (a)   have satisfied the requirements for a university degree approved for the purpose by the Academic Board, or
  (b)   have been granted the right to proceed to the diploma under the admission ad eundem statum regulations, or
  (c)   in exceptional circumstances, have produced other evidence which satisfies the Academic Board that he or she has adequate training and ability to proceed to the diploma programme on such terms as the Academic Board may prescribe with respect to any qualifying papers or additional work which must be completed either prior to admission or concurrently.
  A candidate who is admitted to the diploma programme under section 1(c) shall not be deemed to have qualified for the award of the diploma until such time as he or she has satisfactorily completed any required qualifying papers or additional work.
2.   Every candidate for the diploma shall be enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and thereafter shall follow to the satisfaction of the Academic Board an individual but coherent and integrated programme of study of not less than one year and shall complete the programme within three years of enrolling for the diploma.
3.   The programme of study of each candidate shall require the approval of the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
4.   Every candidate shall
  (a)   complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board such class work, practical work, assignments, tests, reports, and oral and written examinations as may be required in any paper being undertaken, and
  (b)   gain a pass in every paper presented for the diploma.
5.   Every candidate shall complete satisfactorily a programme of study equivalent to 120 points as set out in the schedule in the Calendar of the University of Waikato, including at least 60 points at Level 3, and fulfilling the core requirements for the diploma as set out in the schedule of papers.
6.   The papers for the diploma and their prescriptions shall be defined in the Calendar of the University of Waikato.
7.   A candidate may be permitted to count towards the diploma, papers passed prior to enrolment as a diploma candidate, provided that these papers have not previously been counted towards another qualification. In assessing whether credit may be given in particular cases, the following principle will be taken into account: every candidate must complete at least 80 points from the papers prescribed as diploma papers while enrolled as a diploma candidate at the University of Waikato.
8.   The diploma shall be awarded without classification as to honours or distinction.
9.   Notwithstanding the provisions of these regulations, if it is deemed appropriate in individual cases, the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences may approve on behalf of the Academic Board a programme of study other than that prescribed in section 5 of these regulations.

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