If you are interested in studying communications, you can probably see yourself working in a busy newsroom or interviewing celebrities. What many students do not realise is that the communications field is very broad and covers much more than just journalism. Communications courses combine creative disciplines with communication theory and practice, making them a popular choice for students with various interests.
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What you can study
Communications courses provide a range of specialisations — from creative writing, digital media, film, radio and television production, to journalism, advertising, public relations and publishing. Courses are available at all qualification levels, offered as vocational certificates and diplomas right through to postgraduate research. Specialisations and career outcomes vary depending on the level at which you study.
Certificate and diploma programmes are available in areas such as creative writing, commercial broadcasting, media arts, multimedia journalism, radio and television presenting, journalism, news media, animation, publishing and web media.
In the higher education sector, programmes fall under communication, applied communication, media and creative technologies, media arts and digital media, with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of majors. Students can also complement their communications studies by pairing a bachelor or masters degree with a programme from another discipline. This is called a double degree (or conjoint degree) and means you can study communications alongside another field of your choice, such as the ones mentioned above.
Where to study
Communications is a large field of study, meaning that it is widely available at New Zealand’s universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology and private colleges. Remember that specialisations and teaching styles vary between providers — it is up to you to find the course that is appropriate for your career goals.
Facilities, equipment, staff expertise and access to work experience are very important in the communications field. Work experience in particular is essential, as it provides ‘real-world’ experience of the industry and allows students to begin networking with potential employers.