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Bachelor of Communication
Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Communication

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Admission with international qualifications

  • If you gained your qualifications outside of New Zealand you need to check the minimum requirements relevant to the country you studied in.
  • If you are an international student who has studied in New Zealand please go to domestic admission above.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

The Bachelor of Communication (BC) is an applied communication degree, developing a broad skillset in media content production, planning, and research in international and national contexts.

Communication has experienced rapid growth in the digital environment. Graduates with skills across communication platforms, who can use data and who are creative and critical thinkers, are in demand in professional communication. More widely, Aotearoa New Zealand employers are seeking graduates with skills as public communicators and who can engage with wider communities.

Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of communication technologies, including digital, audio and visual, and social media. They will be able to apply critical thinking skills to a range of forms of journalism, creative projects, and communications scenarios, including to different audiences, and to meet the strategic goals of corporates and drivers of social change.

This degree combines expertise in communication with courses in Digital Humanities, Marketing, Management, Media and Communication, and Māori and Indigenous Studies, as well as the College of Arts internship programme.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Communication meet a growing need for communicators in media, creative industries, government, and iwi organisations. Many employers are seeking graduates that have applied knowledge in new and emerging media, collection and usage of data, media ethical practice, critical thinking, and analysis skills. Employers are increasingly telling us they want graduates who are competent in bicultural contexts.

Job titles will include public relations, marketing, media management, journalism, stakeholder relations, social media management, crisis communications, publications, events and project management, non-profits, and government.

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Year 1

  • COMS 101 Media and Society
  • COMS 102 Introduction to News and Journalism
  • COMS 104 Introduction to Strategic Communication
  • MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
  • WRIT 101 Writing for Academic Success

Year 2

  • COMS 201 Media Audiences
  • COMS 207 Social Media
  • COMS 231 Digital Media Production
  • DIGI 204 Communicating with Data and Digital Media

Year 3

  • COMS 330 Communication in Context

Students also must complete 30 points of courses at any level selected from Bachelor of Arts subjects during their studies.

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Career Opportunity

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The Henry Field building is now a closed stack facility and therefore is a secured space. To meet with anyone in the HR team please use the phone in the Henry Field building entrance and someone will be down from the 2nd floor to assist you immediately.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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