Certificate in Media Communication.xml Certificate in Media Communication

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CertificateFull time - 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$5,300 - $5,500







Course related costs




Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


This hands-on programme focuses on skills for the rapidly changing multimedia landscape.

You will get out in the community interviewing and gathering stories and learn to write for print, radio, television and the web. You will also have the opportunity to submit stories for publication or broadcast.

This programme gives you an overview of some of the exciting opportunities available in this dynamic industry. It also operates with strong support from industry.

In this programme you will learn about:

  • Writing news stories for TV, radio, newspapers and the web
  • Rules, regulations and ethical codes for journalists
  • Video and web journalism
  • Presenting skills - radio and television
  • Communicating in a multi-cultural society
  • Interviewing skills
  • Feature writing
  • Radio reporting
  • Understanding how newsrooms work
  • Photojournalism
  • Filming and editing - producing digital news videos

You are expected to sustain a full time and responsible commitment to this programme, with the understanding that productive group work and success in the programme depends on 100% participation.

In addition to timetabled classes, there is an expectation that students will complete self-directed learning. Appropriate preparation, developmental training and practice in your own time is required.

Find out more about studying media communication

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 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 1 (80 credits at level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits)

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.

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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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

With this qualification career opportunities include roles in the media as well as jobs such as editorial assistant, freelance writing, copywriting and in-house publishing/informational positions.

Study pathways

Once you've completed the programme you may apply to enter the Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications programme.