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Programme overview

From fundraising events, to business conferences, to product launches - there's a growing need for bright and savvy event management professionals. The events industry is fast paced, and needs professionals with clear communication skills, excellent organisational skills and attention to detail; all skills the Graduate Diploma in Event Communication helps you develop. You'll learn how to work under pressure to ensure the smooth and efficient running of an event, from conception through to completion.


  • A focus on event management, combined with a sound understanding of public relations, media liaison, reputation management and communication processes.
  • Undertake an industry internship where you spend at least 200 hours in an organisation specialising in staging events.
  • Close links with the events and communication industries.
  • Learn from Lecturers who run their own event management companies.
  • Meet and hear from guest lecturers who are leaders in their field.
  • A combination of class contact, industry-based learning and web-based online support.
  • Flexible study options - some courses may also be offered as evening/late afternoon classes.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
3. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission; or
  • If you’re seeking entry based on work experience, you will be required to demonstrate, in a written application, CV and attestation from suitable referees, that you have substantial professional experience in activities related to this programme, and/or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Event Management (COMM6500) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the concept and elements of event management, the components of an event feasibility study, the significance of sponsorship and the purpose of an operational plan for the event industry. Students will learn to prepare an event feasibility study, an effective sponsorship proposal and produce an event operational plan for implementation in an event industry environment.
Public Relations (COMM6535) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable an understanding of the theory and practice of public relations and its strategic importance as a key component of any organisation’s management decision making. Students will apply their knowledge to a range of real world settings, and plan and implement a public relations campaign.
Event Production (COMM7500) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine the critical elements associated with the production of an event. Students will address key concepts of event production and apply their learning to engage in the communication and co-ordination of an event to professional standards of compliance, presentation and evaluation.
Industry Internship (COMM7533) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable students to undertake a short-term work and/or training experience related to a communication investigation activity that will contribute to a student’s vocational pathway. It provides an opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge and practice through a strategy of applied learning in the workplace.
Professional News Writing (COMM6537) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of sound news writing practice.
International Communication (COMM7532) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine global systems of communication and information flows and the contribution of these systems to effective international communication management. Students will review international communication theory, learning how the informed management of global information may enhance effective international relationships and international organisational communication practices within developed and developing countries.
Communicating in Organisations (COMM7535) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the theoretical perspectives that describe, and may explain or predict, communication in organisations. Students will critically examine everyday organisational occurrences and experiences, and learn to manage communication to achieve a positive communication culture and climate.
Reputation Management (COMM7536) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop awareness of the internal and external information networks that contribute to the public image of an organisation. Students will evaluate the communication management requirements of those networks in a variety of stable, change and crisis situations.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A recognised degree, professional relevant qualification or ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies plus English language requirements. Special and discretionary admission also accepted. .

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


1 Year

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,767$5,767
Government tuition subsidy: $6,135$6,135

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$46,309
Earnings range$34,122 - $52,364
In employment83%
In further study8%
On a benefitN/A

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.