Bachelor of Communication Studies

AUT’s communications degree is very well regarded in New Zealand and around the world. That’s because our students pick up top jobs in the best companies and media outlets, and win many prestigious awards.

AUT communications students and graduates are internationally recognised, having won the Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year award, CAANZ AXIS award, ORCA awards, Cannes International Advertising award and NZ Student Marketer of the Year award.

Study communications at AUT and you have access to industry standard facilities and equipment, including a media centre, radio studio and fully equipped TV studio, journalism training newspaper Te Waha Nui, student radio station Static 88.1 fm and  student-run PR agency Outside the Square. You also gain invaluable workplace experience before you graduate.

Minimum entry requirements

Selection criteria

Preferred entry

Preference will be given to applicants who have completed Year 13 with:

  • NCEA: A rank score of 180 or higher, with 14 credits in each of two subjects from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: A rank score of 150 or higher including a minimum AS level grade of C in at least one of the subjects listed above, or equivalent
  • IB: A minimum of 28 points including a minimum grade 5 in one of the subjects listed above, or equivalent.

Other documentation may be requested.

Applicants who don't meet the preferred selection criteria above will be considered on a case-by-case basis where places are available.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

Preferred New Zealand school subjects

  • Language rich subjects are useful

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Communication Studies.

Certificate in Communication Studies

Majors you can study in the Bachelor of Communication Studies

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Year 1

You’ll be introduced to the media world and essential communication theories and practice. This year you take seven papers (including one paper worth 30 points). There are five core papers.

Year 2

You’ll be involved in more practical work in up to three communication disciplines, while continuing to study critical theory. This keeps your career options open. We recommend you choose two prerequisite papers each for three majors. Entry into some majors is competitive.

Year 3

Your final year focuses on the theory and practice of your major. If you began a minor in Year 2, you will complete this alongside your major. An industry project may be offered as part of Year 3.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3303
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

16 Jul 2018

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.