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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International student entry requirements
Consider starting with our Diploma in Arts.
Diploma in Arts
You can build your degree in a way that suits you and your interests, and include subjects from outside of communication studies as part of your studies.
To graduate with a Bachelor of Communication Studies you need to complete:
These are courses all students in this degree need to take in the first year. They give you a basic understanding of the media world and communication theories, and help you decide which subject to focus on later in your studies.
Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. This makes up one third of your degree, and usually consists of eight courses related to your chosen subject. You can view the list of majors in this degree in the ‘Majors’ tab.
You can choose one of the following options
Your second major, minor(s) and elective courses can be from different AUT degrees; they don’t need to be from communication studies.
Use our online tool to build your own degree and see what your three years of study could look like.
Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree, and usually consists of eight courses related to your chosen subject.
If you want to include a second major, you can choose another subject from the list above or view more options from different AUT degrees
A minor is smaller than a major. It usually consists of four courses.
If you decide to include one or two minors in your degree, you could choose from:
You can also choose your minor(s) from subjects outside of communication studies to complement your degree.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.