Explore your options

At Unitec, you’ll learn Event Management in an environment that is not only fun and supportive but as close to real world experience as you can get, so you’ll complete your programme as a high quality graduate, work ready, with industry experience.

Learn essential event management skills such as how to use key event management planning and tracking tools.

Develop your event management skills within your intended career pathway such as PR, ethics, visual communication, interpreting social media, professional news writing, marketing, research methods, or choose from a whole range of other options.

Gain experience in hands on event management – you’ll work on actual events, assessing the feasibility and producing the live event.

Gain experience – in your final year you’ll be required to work in an internship where you’ll gain industry experience.

Develop your portfolio – your internship and the events you’ve helped plan and manage at Unitec will already form part of your portfolio, so you’ll be able to demonstrate your experience to future employers. You'll also build your online identity through your own blogging, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other essential media tools.

Make industry connections: in addition to the industry contacts you’ll make through the experienced Unitec staff, in your internship and in planning live events, 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.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