Communication is the core of how society functions, from the sharing of information and ideas, to bringing people together as audiences or as the public, to advocating for change in society. As part of the Bachelor of Communication (BC), this subject will explore how communication can be used in public, corporate, and creative communication projects.
You will study how communication is produced in a variety of creative media, business, and social climates, and have many opportunities to create your own projects. This subject will give you an insight into communication as core to culture, politics and business, and as a catalyst for social change.
- UC is known for its teaching experts in Media and Communication, and our academic staff have actively researched and participated in the communication field in Aotearoa New Zealand, in areas of journalism, social change and activism, crisis communication, health communication practice, Pacific and alternative media, and critical analysis of media in Aotearoa.
- The Bachelor of Communication is the only degree in Aotearoa that offers a major specialisation in Māori communication strategy.
- Students will have opportunities to add practical components to their degree through internships, industry projects, and community campaigns with local organisations and media.
- With links to international partners in journalism and media studies, and a close relationship with our partner universities, UC is able to offer seminars and guest lectures from global experts each semester. Recent fellows came from Cardiff University, George Washington University, University of Florida, University of Helsinki, and the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
The Bachelor of Communication is open to all students and no previous study is required. A good standard of oral and written English is important.
UC offers a Bachelor of Communication, which focuses on media technologies and professional communication skills.
See also Media and Communication available as a major or minor in other degrees at UC.
Bachelor of Communication
See the Bachelor of Communication for the compulsory courses in the degree.
After the first year, students will take advanced communication courses focused on digital and social media, as well as courses focused on one of the four Communication majors:
- Communication Strategy and Practice
- Tauwhitinga Māori: Māori Communication Strategy and Practice
- Political Communication
Courses will also include project consultation work with real-world organisations and further opportunities for internships and project management.
Communication graduates who emerge with critical thinking and analysis skills in new and emerging media will be in demand by the industry. Those who are knowledgeable in bicultural contexts, can engage with wider communities, and use data are also highly valued.
In Aotearoa, graduates with extensive experience in biculturalism, project management, and corporate communication will be well suited to roles in business management and strategy. Global employers also constantly seek graduates with skills as public communicators who can also engage with wider communities.
Graduates are employed as communications advisors and managers, journalists, content writers, digital marketing executives, publishers and editors, business development executives, and account managers.
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