Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Broadcast Journalism) Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Broadcast Journalism)

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Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Broadcast Journalism)
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DegreeFull time – 2 ½ years. A part time “Executive” option is also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$9,400 - $10,000







Course related costs

$1000 per year



Domestic Applications due

Due 30 September

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


We're preparing you to face the world of broadcast and on-line news and current affairs head-on with our internationally renowned journalism degree.

Our Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications, specialising in broadcast journalism is a practical programme which provides you with all the skills and theory you need to break news stories and be actively involved with the production of news for radio, television or online media.

Early in your studies you will develop a strong grounding in broadcasting and communications theory, including writing, researching and gathering and producing news for our radio station and television broadcast.

To maximise your employment prospects our programme is continuously improved based on industry advice and collaboration.

You finish your degree with a 24 week industry internship, giving you more real world experience, building your industry contacts and giving you the edge when it comes to securing your first job.

Find out more about studying broadcasting

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 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
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of 3 subjects from the list of approved subjects*, and 10 credits in approved literacy standards at Level 3*, and

    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

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 numeracy assessments are available.


    Applicants will be shortlisted for an interview.


    As outlined in the Broadcasting Application Pack you should include:

    • the completed portfolio requirements
    • two reports on the applicant
    • copy, voice or video depending on the specialisation the applicant is applying for.
Additional requirements
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.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Selection criteria

When there are limited spaces available we follow a selection process ranking applicants based on your application. Waitlisting is also available for this programme.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • Complete a broadcasting application pack and a Admission & Enrolment form or an international application form and send it back to us.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications graduate is ready to establish a career working in newsrooms throughout the country as a writer, reporter, presenter, editor or researcher.

Study pathways

Use this qualification as a foundation for further postgraduate study in media and communications.

Recommended school subjects

  • English or English-rich subjects
  • Media studies
  • Relevant industry experience