Starts February / July
Three years full-time, or part-time options available
Fee Guideline: $5,840 + material costs (domestic students)
(International students: Please click here for fee information)
City Campus, Hamilton
Are you interested in a career in journalism, advertising, public relations, film or television? The Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) is a unique, practical and project driven degree for you if you are interested in working primarily with language in the media.
The Communication endorsement of the Bachelor of Media Arts allows you to specialise in journalism, moving image or public relations / advertising.
In your first year of study you will develop writing, media, and interpersonal skills common to moving image, public relations / advertising, and journalism practices. You will also study your choice of two introductory modules to support your chosen pathway.
In year two you can apply to specialise in moving image, or continue with communication, which has a mix of media based modules to support the journalism and public relations / advertising pathways. The benefits of this approach are that you get to try out a range of options before committing to your specialist field. At the end of year two you can choose either the journalism or public relations / advertising specialist pathways. Further electives are available from across the Media Arts programme, regardless of your endorsement of entry. For example, you may wish to specialise in advertising, but do a number of photography electives. The BMA structure is designed to let you maintain an interest in a number of disciplines.
The Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) may lead to employment as an Advertising Creative, Film Director, Copywriter, Freelance Journalist, Journalist, or role within Marketing Communications or Public Relations.
- 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four subjects, including 12 credits in a Language Rich subject, or equivalent, or
- 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including a Language Rich^ subject, or equivalent, or
- A total score of 16 or less in four Sixth Form Certificate subjects including a Language Rich^ subject, or equivalent, or
- University Entrance, or equivalent
^ History, Classics, Media Studies or English
Applicants will usually be expected to participate in an interview.
In some circumstances, for admission into the Communication endorsement candidates may be asked to submit a portfolio
Your portfolio of work must include a one page Curriculum Vitae that should include relevant areas of experience associated with communication, e.g. school newspaper, drama or video work at school, etc, as well as academic achievements and any work experience.
You may also be required to write 300 words (one page) on a current affairs issue. This task will demonstrate your knowledge of current affairs and your ability to write clearly and succinctly.
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.0 across all bands.
Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview, assessment and / or submission of a portfolio. If you do not meet these requirements see the Certificate in Media Arts (Level 4).
Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme.
Related Study Options
If you are interested in journalism but do not want to pursue a degree, we also offer a one year National Diploma in Journalism (multi-media). This programme can also be studied online over two years. Please enquire for more information.
Secondary School Students
Want to experience communication for a day? Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor and do one of the following Wintec Tasters.
- Introduction to Journalism (one day)
- Introduction to PR & Advertising (one day)
- Developing Screenwriting Skills (two days)
- Introduction to Editing for Moving Image (two days)
- Short Video Production & Development (one day)
About the Faculty
This programme is offered by the School of Media Arts who provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.
Experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities help you develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. Check out examples of student work, some of our successful graduates, Media Arts’ Industry connections, all the latest news and events, and more.