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

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 Certificate in Social Sciences.

Certificate in Social Sciences

Majors you can study in the Bachelor of Communication Studies

You can also choose one of these majors as a second (double) 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.

Minors you can study in the Bachelor of Communication Studies:

Communication for Social Change

Explore the communication processes, techniques and media that can bring about equitable change, social transformation, and empowerment in society. This minor has a global focus with particular attention to issues facing the Asia- Pacific region. You examine the role of non-governmental organisations, supranational institutions and multinational corporations - alongside nation-state governments - as key actors in social change communication.

Multi-Camera Production

Develop transferable skills for team-based media production and management. You discover the importance of multicamera production in broadcast and online media to cater for fast turn-around productions and streaming of live events. This minor has a strong work-integrated ethos, emphasising management as well as creative processes. The Multi-Camera Production minor is open to screen production students who want to further their skills, as well as to students from other communication studies disciplines.

Media and Power

This minor considers how the technologies, institutions and networks of communication are shaped by economic and political power. Become familiar with how media communication institutions/industries work, critique the exercise of power through contemporary electronic networks, and reflect upon the significance of contemporary media issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Professional Performance Communication

Develop your confidence and skills for pitching ideas, public speaking and successfully participating in meetings. This minor integrates the theories and practices of voice production and movement that are relevant to professional communication but are often based on more “traditional” performance contexts like acting.

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

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 papers (60 points)*

*From communication studies or elsewhere at AUT

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

24 Feb 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$6,242 - $7,174
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2020. The exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2020, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$29,670
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2020. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2020, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • 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.

Scholarships at AUT

John Pelasio
Hulu Tu'inukuafe
Peter Leaupepe
Briony Sowden
Andrew Cho

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