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Communication graduates have the skills and mindset to understand the business of a company, foster key relationships to build trust, create great media content relevant to global audiences, and plan and communicate strategies that help organisations to flourish. Communications and media have become some of the most relevant, exciting and powerful subjects you could choose in a media-saturated world that really needs savvy Communication graduates to help make sense of it.

Expert communicators know strategic thinking is needed to create cut-through in a cluttered media environment, to help organisations manage their reputation. Communication specialists manage positive stakeholder relationships through well-planned strategies drawing on a mix of great messaging, events, experiences, engagement through digital media and other tactics, to create influence. Communication managers create, shape, deliver and measure successful communication campaigns so they can show the business value of good communication. It’s an exciting field if you want to pursue a career in public and media relations in corporate, agency, not-for-profit, community and public sector organisations.

Study communication at Unitec and you’ll have the chance to meet and work with outstanding practitioners. This may be through through student membership of PRINZ, internships at places such as Porter Novelli, Oceania Media, Fresh Concept and Harmoney, at site visits to places and teams where the work is done (from large corporates to community groups and everything in between), at industry networking events, or as you work on projects, sometimes for real clients.

Unitec’s communication graduates succeed because of these industry connections, and because they know how to apply their knowledge in practical settings. It's why they find exciting communication positions in organisations like ANZ, ATEED, Beat Communications, Beca, Brandworld, Conferenz, Easy Social Media, Humm FM, NZ Police (Communications), Pacific Radio News, Panasonic, PPR NZ, SweeneyVesty, TVNZ, Vodafone and Westpac.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
Certificate in Communication and Media Arts4Full-time for one semester or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study toward a career in the media, communication, or performing and screen arts.February or July
Bachelor of Applied Science (Science Communication)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableScience communications advisor, Science journalist, Science educator, Science media presenter, Documentary maker, Researcher, Science content creatorFebruary or July
Bachelor of Communication (Event Management)7Full-time for three years or part-time options available
Honours programme full-time for four years
Activation executive, Activation manager, Conference manager, Corporate events planner, Event manager, Fundraising executive, Fundraising manager, Promotions manager, Special event co-ordinator, Sponsorship advisor, Sponsorship manager, Venues managerStarts February or July
Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies)7Full-time for three years or part-time options available. Honours programme full-time for four yearsPublic relations executive, Media analyst, Media researcher, Communications advisor, Marketing communications executive, Social media executive, Social media community manager, Market researcher, Media relations manager, Corporate communication executive, Digital marketing executive, Media relations executiveFebruary or July
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)7Full-time for three years or part-time options available.
Honours programme full-time for four years
Communications advisor, Community relations manager, Corporate communication executive, Corporate relations advisor, Corporate or public affairs communicator, Internal communications executive, Marketing communications executive, Media relations executive, Media relations manager, Public relations executiveStarts February or July
Graduate Diploma in Event Communication7Full-time for one year or part-time options availableConference manager, Corporate communication executive, Event manager, Conference centre manager, Promotions manager, Special event co-ordinator, Sponsorship manager, Exhibitions organiserStarts February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in International Communication8Full-time for one year or part-time for two to three yearsCommunication manager, Corporate communication manager, Government relations manager, Internal communication executive, Media researcher, Policy analyst, Public affairs manager, Relationship managerStarts February or July
Master of International Communication9Full-time for two years or part-time options availableCorporate communication manager, Diversity manager, Government relations manager, International communications executive, Media researcher, Communication manager (NGO or NFP), Policy analyst, Public relations and communication advisor, Public affairs managerStarts February or July

Industry connections

Join us at Unitec and you’ll benefit from our relationships with leading corporates like ANZ, IBM and Westpac, large private and public sector organisations like Spark, ATEED and Auckland Council, consultancies like Porter Novelli, Senate SHJ, One Plus One, Pead PR and many more, cutting edge creative agencies like Fresh Concept and Curative, and arts organisations like the NZ Dance Company. We also create opportunities to work with the not-for-profit, NGO and community sectors where projects and internships are available, such as at Amnesty International.