Interpreting Major - Bachelor of Arts

Want a career as an interpreter? In the Interpreting major you learn to recognise cross-cultural implications for interpreting, and the ethical and professional responsibilities of an interpreter.

Interpreting is so much more than just repeating someone’s words in a different language. A good interpreter can understand nuances and cultural appropriateness, and convey levels of formality across a range of professions and industries. The challenge is to do justice to every situation.

You practise interpreting consecutively and simultaneously between English and another language. You explore the effects of intonation and the use of idioms in spoken English. Throughout your studies you also become familiar with interpreting for legal, healthcare or business settings. These skills will serve you well in our increasingly multicultural local and global communities.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

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Throughout your three years of studies you develop a sound understanding of interpreting, as well as effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career.

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.

Interpreting courses

If you're majoring in interpreting, this is the main subject area you specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree and consists of eight interpreting-related courses you study throughout your degree.

Complete the following courses:

And complete two of:

Workplace experience

Workplace experience is an important part of your degree, and the Work Integrated Learning course is the final part of your degree. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice. It's a great way to get industry experience while still being able to get feedback from AUT lecturers, and for many of our students this workplace experience also leads to a job offer.

You could also take the Foundations in Research course to prepare you for postgraduate study.

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  • Legal interpreting for government and local authorities
  • Health interpreting for various health sector organisations
  • Freelance interpreting work
  • Foreign affairs and border control
  • Movie voiceovers
  • Language Line (telephone interpreting)
  • Refugee and migrant services
  • International business conventions or conferences

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Interpreting & Translation Careers

Other majors in the Bachelor of Arts

*This major focuses on New Zealand Sign Language and developing the skills to become a Sign Language interpreter. It doesn’t include the option to include courses from different subjects.

Key features
  • Prepares you for interpreting careers in medical, legal and business settings
  • Suitable if you already speak two languages
  • Workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • Bilingual
  • A communicator
  • A great listener
  • Having an ear for detail

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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