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New Zealand Certificate in Communications Media

CertificateFull time – 16 teaching weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$3,000- $3,600




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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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A proven pathway to further study or employment in media.

This programme provides a broad introduction to media in New Zealand to prepare you for the numerous opportunities that exist in this dynamic industry, or further study.

It covers the basics of visual, text and audio storytelling and how they relate to publishing across all platforms; writing; presenting; sound, video and story editing; videography and photography; website content production; radio production; and creative production of trailers and advertising.

You'll learn how to create and present content across multiple platforms; interview subjects; write headlines and captions; meet deadlines; work individually and in a team; and produce content for social media channels.

As part of the programme you'll benefit from our strong industry links making contacts with a range of media professionals and through presentations from people working in media, including producers, digital media managers, videographers and journalists.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and/or numeracy assessments are available and may be required.

Additional requirements
  • Evidence of work experience or published material.

    Applicants who meet the academic entry criteria will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 5.5 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    Note : IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

If the programme is oversubscribed applicants will be ranked based on all relevant application criteria gathered or provided.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

The media industry is a dynamic and exciting industry to work in. This qualification is designed primarily as an introduction to possible higher-level study as well as the media industry. The industry and the roles within it are changing rapidly so graduates will have the skills required to work in entrylevel positions in media communications and related fields.

Study pathways

This programme provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications with strands in radio, journalism and screen and television production. Other related further study options at Ara include web design and event management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Maths/Stats