Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2020 Semester Two – 20 July
Available locations
City
Points
360
Programme type
Undergraduate
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

The BA gives you the freedom to follow your interests and study the subjects you love. You can choose from a wide range of study possibilities that cater for many different interests or career goals.

Your BA study can develop the knowledge and skills you need to future-proof your career. Capabilities such as communication and creative thinking will keep your options open for different opportunities in the fast-changing world of work. You can further extend your skill set for future careers through one or two of our optional, theme-based modules.

Your double major will give your degree a strong focus and deepen your knowledge and skills. You have the flexibility to explore different subjects before you choose your two majors.

You can also study two different fields by combining a BA with another degree as
part of a conjoint programme.

Programme structure

The BA takes three years to complete if you are studying full time.

You will choose two BA subjects as your two majors (your "double major"). You will take eight courses (120 points) in each major. This includes at least three courses (45 points) at Stage III in each major.

If you would like to study Communication you can either choose it as one of your two majors, or complete our sixteen-course (240-point) specialisation in Communication.

At least half your courses (12 courses or 180 points) must be above Stage I level. The courses for your majors are included in this total.

As well as your majors, you will take elective courses in other subjects. You must study at least three BA subjects (including your majors).

You can choose to take one or two optional modules instead of elective courses. A module is a group of three courses (45 points) that focuses on a specific skill or area of knowledge to benefit or inform future careers.

You will complete two General Education courses. You can also include up to two courses (30 points) from other degree programmes.

In your first year you will probably take eight courses: four in semester one and four in semester two. A typical pattern would be to take two courses in each of three BA subjects, choose one course in a fourth BA subject, and take a General Education course. This gives you an opportunity to explore your interests and discover your strengths.

Towards the end of your first year, you will choose your two majors. In later years you will concentrate on these subjects.

Bachelor of Arts degree planner (PDF)

Most students need to take one or two General Education courses.

Students should also be aware of the University’s Academic English Language Requirement.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Sample programme structure

Double major

Year one 120 points

  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Optional module
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year two 120 points

  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage II course
    Type:
    Optional module
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year three 120 points

  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    First major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Second major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Optional module
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage III course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Sample programme structure

Specialisation in Communication

Year one 120 points

  • Code:
    COMMS 100
    Name:
    Communication, Technology and Culture
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 104
    Name:
    Advertising and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DRAMA 100
    Name:
    Taking the Stage: Performance and Presentation Skills
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    MĀORI 130
    Name:
    Te Ao Māori: The Māori World
    Type:
    Stage I course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year two 120 points

  • Code:
    COMMS 200
    Name:
    Writing in the Workplace
    Type:
    Stage II course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 202
    Name:
    Audiences and Users
    Type:
    Stage II course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 204
    Name:
    Social Media
    Type:
    Stage II course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 201
    Name:
    Journalism Studies
    Type:
    Stage II course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    MEDIA 222
    Name:
    Comics and Visual Narrative
    Type:
    Stage II course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    POLITICS 233
    Name:
    Politics, Media and Public Sphere
    Type:
    Stage II course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Any stage
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Any stage
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year three 120 points

  • Code:
    COMMS 300
    Name:
    New Media and the Future of Communication
    Type:
    Stage III course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 301
    Name:
    Digital Communication and Practice
    Type:
    Stage III course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 302
    Name:
    Visual Communication
    Type:
    Stage III course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 303
    Name:
    Sports Media
    Type:
    Stage III course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 304
    Name:
    Gender, Politics and the Media
    Type:
    Stage III course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    COMMS 307
    Name:
    Communication Internship
    Type:
    Stage III course for major
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Any stage
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

2020 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.

Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    150
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    150
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    26

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Guaranteed grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Further requirements

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelor degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

Transfer of Credit - You can apply for transfer of credit for tertiary courses completed elsewhere as part of your Application for Admission. If you have completed study at another New Zealand University, get an estimate of the transfer credit you may be eligible for, using our Transfer Credit Calculator.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

  • If your rank score is below our guaranted admission level and you're not eligible for the Targeted Admission Scheme, you could qualify for Conditional Admission

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). For entry based on CIE you must first meet the University Entrance (UE) standard. 

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

Minimum grade, subject and other requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place. Your GCE A level score is calculated on the best three academic subjects and General Studies cannot be included. Your CIE score (rank score) will be calculated based on your AS and A Level results.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    26
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
    Score required
    CCC
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    CIE University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
    Score required
    150
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

You need to have the following:

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Guaranteed grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

  • Bridge your educational gap with a preparation and foundation programme.
  • If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA)
  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Bachelor of Arts cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,120 – $7,058.40*
International students
NZ$31,038 – $37,141*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.86 per point, estimated at $943.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Summer School 2020
1 December 2019
Semester One 2020
8 December 2019
Semester Two 2020
4 July 2020

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Modules

A module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme designed to complement the skills you will develop through your Bachelor of Arts.

Modules available

*Subject to approval for 2020

Find out more about modules

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

Your BA study will help you develop strong capabilities for many careers: communication skills, creative and critical thinking, the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information, problem-solving, adaptability, and an awareness of different perspectives. These enduring capabilities are increasingly valued by employers. You'll be well-positioned to pursue new career opportunities as the world of work changes.

Jobs related to this programme

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  • Communications Specialist
  • Digital Product and Content Manager
  • English Language Teacher
  • Research, Evaluation and Policy Lead
  • Sales and Marketing Executive

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