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Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Communication with endorsements in: Creative Media and Digital Marketing


Course details

  • Feb 2022
    Jul 2022 - contact about mid-year study options.
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,472* per year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


Students studying the Bachelor of Communication at Wintec will learn to communicate effectively with flair. Working individually and in teams, they will hone their storytelling and analytical skills gaining industry-relevant skills and knowledge through hands-on, client-focused projects.

Introduced to both creative media and digital marketing, students develop their expertise in their chosen endorsement through project roles and elective choices, with the opportunity to further specialise in their third year.

Students choose from two endorsement options to specialise in their third year:

  • Creative media
  • Digital marketing

Additionally, students undertaking this degree are also able to gain the New Zealand Diploma of Journalism concurrently if they choose to enrol in this option. Please note, specific paper options will be advised if this choice is taken.

Creative media 

Along with core communication skills, writing, multimedia storytelling, and basic digital marketing, students will develop further skills to be creative content producers. Students will learn:

  • Media production and delivery
  • Creative research and development
  • Photography
  • Video production

Students will generate dynamic, creative media solutions. They will produce a range of engaging content for delivery across a variety of platforms, that respond to a brief, and appeal to their intended audiences.

Communications students preparing media for production

Digital marketing

In addition to core communication skills, writing, multimedia storytelling, and basic creative media production, students will develop further skills to operate strategically in the marketing environment. Students will learn:

  • Social media and brand strategy
  • Campaign development and delivery
  • Marketing communication
  • Analytics and reporting 

Students will generate campaign strategies for brands, along with the creative content for marketing, advertising, and storytelling. They will work with clients, leveraging digital channels such as search engines, social media, email, and websites to connect with audiences. They will understand how their target market works through analysis and be able to deliver relevant solutions.

Media arts communication students working in the classroom

How you will learn

Project zones

Project-based learning is at the heart of what students will do. Each term students will do a bunch of structured learning with their tutors, and in the last four weeks of the term they will get to apply their learning to a project, we call this time ‘project zones’. The project zones also allow students to collaborate with students across the creative disciplines of media arts: music and performing arts, design, and contemporary art.      

Classrooms for creatives

Students will be with us Monday to Thursday, spending most of their time in a creative agency environment, alongside their peers. This time is structured so students can find their rōpū (group) and build a creative network, replicating the environment graduates will work in post-study while also allowing the time and space to explore and experiment. Students will have 24-hour access to our studios and workshops, so they can work whenever inspiration hits.

Specialists and mentors

Students will have a backstage pass to our events, industry talks, gallery exhibitions, festival week, and performances. These events enhance our teaching programme and provide conversations to provoke, challenge, and inspire; fuelling your progress, and connecting students with experts that will help launch a creative career. 

Internships and industry

By the time students reach their third year of study, they will be able to take their developing specialised skills, springboard off our connections, and be ready to move into a robust internship programme that takes up the last half of the final year with us. The internships set students up with real on-the-job experiences as they prepare for life beyond study. 

What you will learn

In the first year of the Bachelor of Communication, students will take three core modules:

  • Communication Craft: Develop your specialised skills 
  • Critical Methods: Understand the arts and the cultural world 
  • Professional Practice: Learn the ways of industry

To complement, students will add two electives of their choice so they can broaden their creative toolkit, from a range of options including the fundamentals in graphic design, sound, or photography.

These courses will give students a secure grounding in the technical, theoretical, and professional skills, while also exposing them to broader ideas about the arts and the cultural world around them.

Click the play button and discover what studying at the Wintec School of Media Arts can offer you.

​View programme modules

Note: No value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Craft and Core Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
COMM510​Communications 510530  
COMM520​Communications 520530 
COMM610Communications 610630COMM510
COMM620Communications 620630COMM510
COMM710​Communications 710730COMM610
CRIT501Critical Methods 1515  
CRIT601​Critical Methods 2615CRIT501 
PROF501Professional Practice 1515  
PROF601Professional Practice 2615PROF501 
PROF701Professional Practice 3730PROF601 

Project Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
CRTV701​Research Methods715CRIT601 
CRTV702​Freelance Project715COMM610 & 620 or
DSGN610 & 620 or
CART610 & 620 or
CRTV703Capstone Project715COMM710 or
DSGN710 or
CART710 or
CRTV704Matauranga Toi - Art Education715COMM610 & 620 or
DSGN610 & 620 or
CART610 & 620 or
MAPA701 & 620
DFNZ701Design Factory Industry Project73075 credits at level 6 or 
pre-requisites may be waived at the discretion
of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director
or designated authority

The 30 credit module DFNZ701: Design Factory 1 can be offered as an option within any Wintec degree programme, wherever the degree programme structures allows such an option. Admission into the Design Factory module is on negotiation with the Centre Director or delegated authority and selection into the module is in line with the Design Factory process.

Elective Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
DSGN502​CMS Web Publishing515  
DSGN503​Graphic Design Fundamentals515  
CRTV501​Creative Special Topic 1515  
CRTV502Creative Special Topic 2515  
CRTV601Creative Special Topic 361560 credits Level 5 
CRTV602Creative Special Topic 461560 credits Level 5 
BMAXX100Moving Image: An Introduction515  
BMALX142Storytelling, Myth and Ritual
BMALX110B History and Theory in Visual and Design515  
BMALX179Interpreting Visual Culture
PRNT501Screen Printing
MAPA502Sound Fundamentals
MAPA503Lighting Fundamentals
MAPA604Songwriting 2615MAPA504 
MAPA505Intro to Ensemble Performance 515  
SCRN502Screen Fundamentals
SCRN503Screen Technology One
JOUR505Media Law and Context
BMA0G210Illustration, Concept Media615DSGN510 or
CART510 or
DSGN503 or
equivalent knowledge or skills
DSGN602Motion Graphics 615DSGN510 or
DSGM503 or
equivalent knowledge or skills
DSGN603Type Design 615DSGN510 or
DSGM503 or
equivalent knowledge or skills
PHOT501Photography Fundamentals515  
PHOT502Photography Tech One515PHOT501 or
equivalent knowledge or skills
PHOT503Darkroom Photography515  
CART502Drawing Fundamentals 515  
CART503Painting Fundamentals515  
CART602Eco Creative Practice61560 credits level 5 including either CRIT501
or PROF501
DFNZ601Design Thinking Launchpad61560 credits at level 5 or equivalent 
COMM602Feature Writing615  
DSGN604Surface Design615DSGN503 or equivalent 

Or other modules and packages of learning as agreed to by the designated media arts staff.

Design Factory NZ

In their third year of study, students can apply to study the 30 credit Design Factory NZ module. This experience teaches a range of problem-solving methodologies, which students will apply to a real-world challenge provided by an industry partner. Students will work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside students from engineering, business, IT, sport and exercise science, media arts, and more. 

Joining Design Factory NZ will provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in new ways, prototype solutions to complex problems, and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - all in high-demand for the workplace of the future.

Read more about Design Factory NZ.

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Career/further opportunities

  • Writer
  • Content creator
  • Media and brand strategist
  • Journalist
  • Social media marketer
  • Advertising account manager 
  • Storyteller
  • Editor/publisher
  • Event manager
  • Marketing communications 
  • Producer
  • Videographer
  • Photographer

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to work in a range of communication, media and creative related roles. Graduates will have developed transferable skills and professional attributes that will position them for many other jobs. They will have the skills to work collaboratively and creatively within the increasingly complex and dynamic creative industries. 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Communication are positioned to pathway into postgraduate programmes at Wintec such as the Bachelor of Media Arts with Honours then Master of Arts.

Student projects

Look through our graduate publication to see the work students create. Here, you will find short bios and images of student projects from across the media arts disciplines.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from the class schedule and workload?

Expect to spend about 26 hours a week in scheduled classes. Some of these will be on campus, but students will also spend time on industry visits and working on client projects.

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

Students are expected to do another 14 hours of independent learning on top of classes - in total the mix of class time and independent study should add up to about 40 hours per week.

What opportunities will I get to work on industry projects?

There are four project zones per year, during which students will work for up to three weeks with an industry or community partner on a cross-disciplinary project. Students will also do a work placement in second year and a major internship in their third year.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Who will teach me?

You will learn directly from active practitioners who are writers, former agency producers, public relation specialists, journalists, podcast journalists, website, and SEO specialists. Meet the School of Media Arts team here.


Entry criteria

a) Candidates are required to have:
i. NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
  (1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects, including a Language Rich subject; and
  (2) Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
  (3) Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
ii. A relevant level 4 qualification; or
iii. Equivalent.

b) In exceptional cases, candidates with 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects including 12 credits in a Language Rich subject, or equivalent, will be considered.

UE 2020

Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    • 12 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
    • UE Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    • UE Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above).

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher-level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

a) Where there are more applicants than the number of places available, selection will be determined on the basis of the candidate’s application and submitted portfolio work.

b) An interview and written language test may also be required as part of the selection process.

English language requirements

a) Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or,
b) Equivalent.

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Media Arts pathway diagram for semester 2 2019

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Year 1 students beginning July 2021 

Date: Monday 19 July 2021
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: Events room 1, City Campus

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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