English and New Media Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts

If you love writing and using digital and social media to communicate, the English and New Media Studies major can help you turn your passion into a rewarding career.

Social media, the internet and digital technologies have massively changed how we communicate. There’s high demand for people who can communicate across different digital and social media channels – from blogs to wikis and web pages.

You’ll develop skills in web-based writing, theories of language, digital media, storytelling, language and culture, information and communication technologies, online research, new literatures, and digital performance.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

You'll learn how language is linked to power and how to communicate powerfully and persuasively. Many assessments are submitted in new media, including enhanced podcasts, videos, blogs and webpages.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

English and New Media Studies courses

Level 5 courses

Complete the following courses:

Level 6 courses

Complete the following courses:

Level 7 courses

Complete the following courses:

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (the Work Integrated Learning course) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

Recent placements included:

  • United Nations Association of New Zealand
  • Global Gurus
  • Namseoul University
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Gaming narrative designer
  • Virtual and augmented reality content producers
  • Immersia Ltd
  • Booktrack, San Francisco
  • Social media management
  • Web content management
  • Advertising
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • The arts and cultural industries
  • Trade
  • Travel and tourism
  • Gaming narrative designer
  • Virtual and augmented reality content producers
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English & New Media Careers

Key features
  • Communicate effectively through podcasts, prezis and blogs, wikis and webpages
  • Only major of its kind in New Zealand
  • Develop an e-portfolio to show your achievements
  • Workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • Innovative
  • Media informed
  • Connected and confident in the digital world
  • A communicator and writer
Hayley Burrows
Jason Jia Wang
Te Wai Rua-Cowan

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

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