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 newscourse 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.

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Minimum entry requirements

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

  • Language rich subjects are useful

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Diploma in Arts.

Diploma in Arts

Majors you can study in the Bachelor of Communication Studies

You can also choose one of these majors as a second major or a minor.

Entry into the desired major of the Bachelor of Communication Studies is not guaranteed and subject to results in the first year.

Year 1

In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the media world and essential communication theories and practice. The first year of the Bachelor of Communication Studies is common to all students, and gives you an overview of the field of communication studies.

Year 2 & 3

You begin to develop important skills in your chosen fields.

The degree is flexible enough to enable you to specialise in more than one communication discipline, or to take a major or minor from outside the School of Communication Studies.

You choose:

  • A Bachelor of Communication Studies major (120 points) and
  • One of the following options
    • A second major from the Bachelor of Communication Studies (120 points); or
    • A major from another AUT degree (120 points); or
    • A first minor (60 points) and a second minor (60 points)*
    • A minor (60 points) and elective courses (60 points)*

*From communication studies or elsewhere at AUT

Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time
City Campus
18 Jul 2022
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$7,352 - $8,310 (for 120 points)
($6,418 - $7,376 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
$32,434 (for 120 points)
($31,500 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

Scholarships 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.

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