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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
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|Certificate in Communication and Media Arts||4||Full-time for one semester or part-time options available||This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in the media, communication, or performing and screen arts.||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Business and Communication||4||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.||This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in media, communication, or business||February or July pending NZQA approval.|
|Bachelor of Applied Science (Science Communication)||7||Full-time for three years or part-time options available||Science communications advisor, Science journalist, Science educator, Science media presenter, Documentary maker, Researcher, Science content creator||February or July|
|Bachelor of Communication (Event Management)||7||Full-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 manager||Starts February or July|
|Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies)||7||Full-time for three years or part-time options available. Honours programme full-time for four years||Public 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 executive||February or July|
|Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)||7||Full-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 executive||Starts February or July|
|Graduate Diploma in Event Communication||7||Full-time for one year or part-time options available||Conference manager, Corporate communication executive, Event manager, Conference centre manager, Promotions manager, Special event co-ordinator, Sponsorship manager, Exhibitions organiser||Starts February or July|
|Postgraduate Diploma in International Communication||8||Full-time for one year or part-time for two to three years||Communication manager, Corporate communication manager, Government relations manager, Internal communication executive, Media researcher, Policy analyst, Public affairs manager, Relationship manager||Starts February or July|
|Master of International Communication||9||Full-time for two years or part-time options available||Corporate 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 manager||Starts February or July|
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.