Certificate in Communication Studies

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Learn the fundamental theory, issues and practice of communication that you need to enter the Bachelor of Communication Studies degree or other degree courses within AUT. This certificate helps you develop the knowledge and skills to understand how the media works and the role it has in society.

When you have successfully completed this programme, you will:
  • Be able to analyse and understand the role of the media in society
  • Have a sound grasp of information technology and its role in the media
  • Have basic media writing and production skills
  • Be able to communicate with others confidently and competently in English.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3477
Level: 4
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018
Apply by: 31 Oct 2017

AUT encourages early application.
Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed secondary schooling to at least year 12, including

  • NCEA: 48 credits at level 2 or higher and
    8 credits at level 1 or higher in any one of Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff
  • Interview may be required
  • Applicants should submit:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Reference
    • School Report
    • Letter of Application


Papers - 120 points in total

COMM400 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (15 points)
COMM401 Introduction to Academic Writing (15 points)
COMM403 Introduction to Media Communication (15 points)
DIGM400 Introduction to Digital Communication (15 points)
JOUR400 Introduction to Journalism (15 points)
PUBL400 Introduction to Public Relations (15 points)
RADC400 Introduction to Audio Production (15 points)
TVSP400 Intro to Screen Production (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

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

Career opportunities

This qualification is designed as a foundation to the Bachelor of Communication Studies. Certificate in Communication Studies students must achieve a B grade average across the year of study, to staircase to the Bachelor of Communication Studies. It is also a successful pathway into the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Bachelor of Māori Development and other qualifications within the University.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.49pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.