Bachelor of Arts - English and New Media Studies

English and New Media Studies is a future-focused degree which prepares students for the radically shifting workspaces of the 21st century. The major sits at the intersection where emerging web-based technologies meet the most global medium of communication and 'wired' language on the planet - English.

Develop the ability to communicate at a high level across media vital in today's and tomorrow’s world, capped by an industry placement.

You will:

  • Develop cutting-edge capabilities while designing a web portfolio of digital artefacts, from smart movies to augmented reality content
  • Critically examine issues of language and emerging technologies, and learn how to communicate powerfully and persuasively
  • Learn how the framing of transmedia written and visual narratives are linked to power and shape our world, virtual or otherwise.

Career opportunities

Creative Tech

English and New Media graduates occupy positions around the world in areas such as:

  • Social media, web content and online community management
  • Narrative design and transmedia storytelling for gaming and other apps
  • Augmented and virtual reality storyworld design
  • Education, trade, tourism and diplomacy 
  • Journalism and contemporary media
  • Advertising and public relations
  • The arts and cultural industries
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Structure and content

English and New Media Studies approaches the language from a number of perspectives, with paper choices in the areas of new media, language, literature and culture studies, creative writing, and English language teaching.

The English and New Media Studies major engages language and technology from a number of perspectives.

Our range of papers covers:

  • Global English, the history of modern English
  • Web-based writing
  • Theories of language
  • Digital rhetoric
  • Genre analysis
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Language and culture
  • ICTs (Information and communication technologies)
  • Online research
  • New literatures
  • Digital performance.

Many assessments are submitted in new media such as enhanced podcasts, videos, blogs and webpages as well as the more traditional forms. You will learn how language is linked to power and how to communicate powerfully and persuasively.

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.

Core papers
COMM500 iWrite
COMM610 iReflect
COMM600 iCommunicate
COMM700 iResearch

English and New Media Studies papers
ENGL500 Contemporary Language Studies
ENGL502 Reading New Zealand
ENGL600 Literature/Desire
ENGL601 Language and Communication
ENGL602 Popular Genres
ENGL700 Global English
ENGL701 New Literatures
ENGL702 Modern Rhetoric

Additional/Elective Papers

ENGL501 Critical Media Studies
ENGL503 A Pacific Reader
LNGT601 Methodology of Language Teaching
LNGT602 Classroom Practice
COMM651 WeSpeak: Pronunciation, Phonology and Effective Communication
ENGL603 Language in Society
COMM701 Graduate Academic Writing
COMM702 Graduate Oral Communication
LNGT701 Focus on Language Teaching
167817 Language Teaching Practicum: Appraisal

Last updated: 17-Mar-2017 3.18pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.