Future careers in interpreting and translationFind out more about your career prospects after graduating in this guide.
Translators are becoming more important as societies become increasingly multicultural. There is a growing demand for text from books, websites and a range of new media to be translated, creating many opportunities for people who already speak and write in two languages.
AUT has the longest tradition of teaching translation in New Zealand. Our programmes are thorough and practice-based, leading to qualifications directly related to professional activity. The AUT Translation major is ideal for competent writers of two languages who want to develop the specific skills of the art of translation.
Classes are limited to 30 students, which means you will have plenty of contact time with the teaching staff, with many resources available online. Some papers are offered online, and these have a virtual classroom.
Graduates will be able to work in a variety of areas. The legal and health sectors offer the majority of translation work. Graduates could work in:
Translators also perform:
The Translation major will encourage and require students to:
All Bachelor of Arts students at AUT have the opportunity to get workplace experience through cooperative education. Students can take advantage of AUT's connections with industry — past students 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 Bachelor of Arts, 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.
You must complete 120 points from these papers:
ENGL501 Critical Media Studies
TRIN502 Introduction to Translation
TRIN601 Translation Skills: Analysis, Appropriateness and Accuracy
TRIN604 Societal Contexts for Interpreting and Translation
TRIN701 Theories, Principles and Practice of Translation
TRIN703 Advanced Interpretation Legal Translation
TRIN706 Advanced Interpretation Health Translation
Last updated: 24-Feb-2017 2.11pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.