Future careers in interpreting and translationFind out more about your career prospects after graduating in this guide.
Interpreting is so much more than just repeating someone's words in a different language. The variety of language, the level of formality and cultural understanding all test the skill of a good interpreter. The challenge is to do justice to every situation. Success brings great satisfaction to the interpreter and the clients alike. This interpreting programme is suitable for students who already speak two languages very well.
AUT has the longest tradition of teaching interpreting in New Zealand. Our programmes are thorough and practice-based, leading to qualifications directly related to professional activity. Court and hospital visits are part of the legal and health-related papers.
Graduates will be able to work in a variety of areas. The legal and health sectors offer the majority of interpreting work. Graduates could work for:
The Interpreting major requires students to:
As a Bachelor of Arts student at AUT you will have the opportunity to do workplace experience in your third year. Some students have taken internships with an interpreting or translation agency, while others have undertaken a project in the education industry or business. These opportunities give you valuable experience that will help you land your first job when you graduate.
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.
ENGL501 Critical Media Studies (Compulsory Year 1 Language paper for BA Interpreting Major)
You must complete:
TRIN501 Oral Discourse for Interpreting
TRIN603 Theory and Practice of Interpreting
TRIN604 Societal Context for Interpreting and Translation
COMM651 WeSpeak: Pronunciation, Phonology and Effective Communication
TRIN702 Advanced Interpretation Legal Studies
TRIN704 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies
Plus one of the following papers:
TRIN705 Advanced Health Interpreting
TRIN707 Telephone Interpreting and Video Conferencing
TRIN708 Advanced Legal Interpreting
Last updated: 24-Feb-2017 2.14pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.