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Event Management is hands-on

Come and learn though practical experience at Unitec, in live projects and an events internship. You’ll learn about the essential tools for successful events, and you'll be exposed to the wide and growing spectrum of events used in our daily lives for a range of purposes, whether it’s activation, engagement or entertainment. You'll learn about your field, plan and assess feasibility and produce a live event. You’ll develop this skillset in the context of Communication which will ideally complement your intended career pathway, whether you want to focus on courses like public relations, ethics, visual communication, interpreting social media, professional news writing, marketing, research methods, or choose from a whole range of other options. 

A portfolio and some work experience are essential to opening career doors

To build up your portfolio, make industry contacts and develop an informed understanding of the events sector, you are encouraged to get involved in volunteering as well as to complete your compulsory placement in a final year internship. You'll also be building your online identity through your own blogging, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other essential media tools.

Industry connections

Study Event Management at Unitec and you’ll benefit from our great events contacts like Fresh Concept, SDW Events, Empire PR and Events, The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, ATEED and Shine Limited. We also create opportunities to work with not-for-profit, NGO and community organisations where projects and internships are available, such as at the NZ Dance Company. We make sure you are exposed to the industry in all its variety and we make sure to stay abreast of industry trends. We're members of industry associations that inform our teaching, including:

  • Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ)
  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research
  • The Pacific Media Centre

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Business and Communication4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.Entry into further study toward a career in media, communication, or business.February 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 managerFebruary 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 organiserFebruary or July