Facilities for communication studies

Our communication studies students use industry-leading studios and services to get hands-on experience, and can also borrow the equipment they’ll need to produce content for their courses. A media centre, TV and radio studios, and an equipment library make sure our students get industry standard, real-life experience.

Media Centre

All communication studies students use our Media Centre as a core part of their studies. The large, purpose-built space is a collaborative hub, run by students under guidance from our staff. Like an industry media centre, you'll use the facility to collaborate on live briefs, stories and assignments for real products and clients, and design, write, record, edit, research and interview to create high quality, industry standard media. The centre includes:

  • Editor’s hub
  • News studio
  • Recording and podcasting space
  • Digital media and edit suites
  • Audio-visual recording booths
  • Interview rooms
  • Networked computers
  • International news feeds

Television Studio

The Television Studio is a fully equipped working studio where you’ll simulate a live broadcast environment and learn to perform specialised studio roles such as director, floor manager, producer and interviewer. The fully soundproofed studio is supported and maintained by skilled technicians and features:

  • Three permanently installed cameras
  • Software-controlled lighting
  • Fully equipped control room and sound room

Practice Studio

The Practice Studio is where our single-camera classes are conducted. It has a high ceiling, black curtaining and soundproofing – making it ideal for shooting single-camera interviews and controlled lighting set-ups. It's where we hold classes in creative documentary and short film production, as well as more advanced cinematography and lighting workshops.

Radio Studio

You'll practise your craft in two purpose-built radio stations – one an online New Zealand music station and the other a campus-based FM radio station that broadcasts to inner-city Auckland. The studio’s design and equipment is industry standard, with the latest radio station software and digital equipment so you’ll get realistic work experience.

Our digital audio recording studios use the ProTools package – the industry standard in audio creation software. Our studio spaces are designed to be as good as any in the world and our equipment will give you experience in real-life audio design.

Green Screen Studio and Dead Studio

Our chromakey studio gives you an industry-quality green screen experience. Classes use the facility to learn how to shoot and composite special effects. You can use the studio to complete assignments or create your own content.

The Dead Studio is a control booth equipped with professional audio recording and editing equipment and paired with a dead (silent) recording space. Use the space for recording voice tracks, movie Foley (a sound effect technique), or even a band. The recording space also has the latest Elgato recording and streaming equipment.

Equipment library

During your studies, you’ll have access to an equipment loan facility – known as SiSo or Loan Out – where you’ll find a library of tools and technology you can borrow and use to produce content for your courses.

Inside our facilities

The Television Studio has three permanently installed cameras and software-controlled lighting. Photographer: Simon Devitt.
The fully equipped TV control room
The Radio Studio’s design and equipment is industry standard, with the latest radio station software and digital equipment
The purpose-built Media Centre is run by students under guidance from our staff

Te Waha Nui

Te Waha Nui is AUT's celebrated student-driven training newsroom. Both here and in our award-winning newspaper, you’ll find the work of journalism students on the Bachelor of Communication Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies programmes.

Te Waha Nui website

Student radio

AUT's student radio station, Static 88.1FM, is run by third-year students in the Bachelor of Communication Studies in Radio.


Research in communication studies

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across communication studies.

More about our research