Bachelor of Communication

Gain advanced understanding of the role communication plays in our world and prepare for a career as a communications professional.

Quick facts  
Duration Full time: 3 years
Part time: Varies
Points 360
Location City Campus
Programme type Undergraduate
Conjoint options Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Health Sciences, Laws, Science, Advanced Science 

Communication is more important than ever in today’s world. The ways in which politicians, activists, entrepreneurs and leaders communicate have a major influence on organisational, social and global change.

The Bachelor of Communication is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the significant role of communication in our world.

You will develop specialist skills in writing, public speaking, critical and creative thinking, leadership, research and cultural competency.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire can enable and empower you as a communications professional and a future leader.

Enquiries

The Bachelor of Communication will be offered for the first time in Semester One 2022.

For more information about the programme, please get in touch.

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Communication is designed to give you advanced skills and knowledge in the practices and principles of communication.
You will choose one of three majors when you start the programme:

In your first year you will complete the first two courses of your chosen major alongside core courses in communication. These will explore communication in the context of te ao Māori and Pacific cultures, give you a grounding in communications research and theory, and help you to build a sense of whanaungatanga (kinship and connection) with your peers.

The next two years will build on these skills. Over the course of your degree you will also take three courses in an additional focused area of study (a module), up to two elective courses and two General Education courses.

You will most likely take 8 courses per year. Twelve courses (or 180 points) of your degree must be above Stage I level.

The broad structure of the programme is:

  • Eight core Communication courses (120 points)
  • At least nine courses from your chosen major (including three major-specific core courses) (135 points)
  • Two General Education courses (30 points)
  • Three courses in a focused area of study (module) (45 points)
  • Up to two elective courses (30 points)
Sample programme structure    
Year 1 (120 points) Year 2 (120 points) Year 3 (120 points)
COMMS 100
Communication, Technology and Culture
Compulsory core course
15 points
COMMS 210
Practicing Communication in Māori and Pacific Worlds
Compulsory core course
15 points
Stage III course                 
Compulsory core course
15 points
COMMS 101
Understanding Communication in Māori and Pacific Worlds
Compulsory core course
15 points
COMMS 207
Communication Research Methods
Compulsory core course
15 points
Stage III course
Compulsory core course
15 points
PHIL 104
Ethics and Justice
Compulsory core course
15 points
Stage II course
Compulsory major course
15 points
Stage III course
Compulsory major course
15 points
Stage I course
Compulsory core course
15 points
Stage II course
As required for major
15 points
Stage III course
As required for major
15 points
Stage I course
Compulsory major course
15 points
Stage II course
As required for major
15 points
Stage III course
As required for major
15 points
Stage I course
As required for major
15 points
Stage II course
Elective
15 points
Stage III course
As required for major
15 points
Stage I course
Module
15 points
Stage II course
Module
15 points
Stage III course
Module
15 points
Stage I
General Education course
15 points
Stage I
General Education course
15 points
Stage III course
Elective
15 points

Career opportunities

Communications professionals are in demand as they play a key role in helping organisations to achieve their goals. You will be equipped for careers in a wide range of organisations, from corporations or not-for-profits to national or local government. You will also have developed skills for future leadership or management roles.

  • Content producer
  • Marketing adviser
  • Public relations specialist
  • Digital communications specialist
  • Broadcast media producer

Further study options

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Master of Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy