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

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:
3 years full-time
City Campus

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

$6,000 - $6,895
  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT

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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.