This major is ideal for competent writers of two languages who have an interest in acquiring the specific skills of the art of translation.
AUT has the longest tradition of teaching Translation in New Zealand. Our programmes are thorough and practise-based, leading to qualifications directly related to professional activity.
The applicant for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS level 7 or higher.
An applicant whose first language is English must normally have studied their language other than English (LOTE) at tertiary level and successfully completed an AUT language proficiency assessment demonstrating proficiency within public, political and educational domains.An interview is required.
The Translation major will encourage and require students to:
The legal and health sectors offer the majority of translation work.
Legal translation opportunities may include work in areas such as the Department of Justice, Tenancy Services, the Customs Department, the Disputes Tribunal, the Child, Youth and Family Service, or the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and also for private legal firms and immigration agencies.
Health translation opportunities may include work in areas such as documentation by, and for, outpatients’ clinics, mental health settings and counselling.
Co-operative work experience opportunities
Previous students have taken advantage of AUT University's connections with industry organisations to enhance their skill development.
Some have worked for Japanese magazines; others have taken internships with an Interpreting or Translation agency. AUT students have been involved in project work with Internal Affairs and New Settlers’ groups.
Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life. For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.
A student must complete 120 points.
165105 Introduction to Language Study
165027 Introduction to Translation
166006 Translation Skills: Analysis, Accuracy and Appropriateness
167007 Theories, Principles and Practice of Translation
166012 Translation Studies
167782 Advanced Interpretation Health Translation
167772 Advanced Interpretation Legal Translation
166104 Popular Genres