Advertising and Brand Creativity Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Study advertising and collaborate with your classmates on advertising briefs, writing and designing ads for real products and clients.

Advertising is about thinking laterally and developing effective brand and product campaigns. You start with a blank piece of paper, do the hard work to get to a great idea and then choose various media to create a campaign. AUT is the only New Zealand university that teaches advertising creativity specifically and at degree level.

We work closely with the advertising industry, and you learn from guest speakers from leading advertising agencies and client companies like Google, TVNZ, Spark, MediaWorks, Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, Colenso BBDO, FCB New Zealand and Film Construction.

Clients and agencies brief our students directly, and your completed ads may even be published in the media. Many students are also offered workplace experience at major advertising agencies. By the end of your degree you’ll have a professional portfolio to apply for work as a copywriter, art director and other roles in an ad agency.


This is part of the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

You develop ideation, art direction and copywriting skills for print, radio, outdoor, television and digital advertising, as well as creative problem-solving skills and the ability to communicate information in a compelling way.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree).

Year 1

You study the following papers:

Year 2

You study the following papers:

You also complete papers from your second major and your chosen minor(s).

Year 3

You study the following papers:

You also complete papers from your second major and your chosen minor(s).

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Majoring in advertising creativity will prepare you for a wide range of roles, including:

  • Account director or planner
  • Art director
  • Copywriter
  • Digital creative or strategist
  • Media buyer/planner
  • Strategic planner
  • Web content creator
  • Marketing manager
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Advertising and Brand Creativity

Key features
  • The only NZ university degree in advertising and brand creativity
  • Supported by the advertising industry and CCC (Commercial Communication Council)
  • Recognised by the International Design and Art Direction (D&AD) University Network
See yourself as
  • A strong writer or visual communicator, with a vivid imagination
  • A boundary breaker, a trend spotter
  • Inquisitive
  • Hard-working and committed
Joy Wood
Taylor Duncan
Jake Flashman
Sophie Aitken
Eamonn Dobson

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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