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Graduate Diploma in Communication


Course details

  • Subject to Approval
  • Feb 2021
    Jul 2021
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,356*
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme is for those who want to enhance their degree or work experience with knowledge and skills in public relations, advertising, and media practices. Students will work on live projects with real clients, with support from tutors with industry experience.

To be successful in public relations or advertising, students must be an excellent communicator, a problem solver, a lateral thinker, interested in contemporary issues, creative and able to work under pressure. The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Level 7) can help develop students' abilities in these areas and prepare them for a career in these exciting industries.

What you will learn

The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Level 7) is a one year full-time programme. It consists of eight papers offered over two semesters (16 weeks) from February to June and July to November. Students can also study this programme part-time. All assessments are internal with no end of year examinations.

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Group A: Core modules

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
COMM710Communications 710730  


Group B: Elective

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
PROF701Professional Practice 3730PROF601 or equivalent 
DFNZ701Design Factory Industry Project730

75 credits at level 6 or

pre-requisites may be waived at the discretion

of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director

or designated authority

CRTV702Freelance Project715


COMM620 or


DSGN620 or


MAPA620 or


CART620 or equivalent

CRTV703Capstone Project715

COMM710 or

DSGN710 or

MAPA710 or

CART710 or equivalent

CRTV701Research Methods715CRIT601 or equivalent 
PROF601Professional Practice 2615PROF501 or equivalent 
CRIT601Critical Methods 2615CRIT501 or equivalent 
DFNZ601Design Thinking Launchpad61560 credits at level 5 or equivalent 
COMM602Feature Writing615  
CRTV601Creative Special Topic 361560 credits at level 5 


Group C: Free Choice

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
 Any level 5, 6 or 7 paper from the Graduate Diploma in Communication or Bachelor of Communication. Or electives from any other Wintec Degree by approval of the Programme Coordinator
5, 6 or 760  

​​​Graduate story

Ruth, Katy and Karen from Kaivolution

L-R Ruth Seabright (Manager of Waikato Environment Centre), Karen McLeod and Katy Ritchie ​​​

Katy Ritchie was ready for a change. After a legal career in New Zealand and the UK, she wanted something more family-friendly where her existing skills would still be useful. So she chose to study a Graduate Diploma in Communication specialising in Public Relations and Advertising.

She was awarded a Wintec Graduate Diploma Scholarship and says having all her fees paid was a great help. She also found being an adult student an advantage “as I came with skills and experience that were useful.” 

Katy says her year of study was challenging yet rewarding. She enjoyed the small classes and says “the tutors have all been high calibre and rich with industry experience”. Interning at Hamilton Central Business Association, getting her work published throug​​​h a Feature Writing class, and creating the brand for the Kaivolution Food Rescue Centre​ are just some of the highlights of her experience.

Completing the qualification as well as working as a Communications and Marketing Advisor at St John’s College Hamilton meant Katy put her new skills into practice immediately in her job. ​Katy has worked in marketing communication roles for Hamilton Gardens and St Peter's School and is now Senior Communications Advisor for Wise Group. 

​​​Key features

  • Students will have opportunities to obtain marketable skills
  • The diploma has a practical focus with students working on real projects with real clients
  • Academic staff have extensive industry background
  • Specialist teaching room with telephone, video, and internet access is provided

Career/further opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Level 7) may lead to employment as a journalist, editor, sub-editor, television presenter, feature writer, online news-writer, radio presenter or media advisor.

Application process

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit your application to enrol form​​ as well as:
    • a verified copy of your academic results​
  3. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  4. Application assessed by the Graduate Diploma in Communication review panel
  5. Interview with one of our tutors - This is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the School. You may be asked to write a short essay on a current event at your interview
  6. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application
  7. Confirmation of entry - Letter confirming placement to be returned to the School​

​​​About the faculty

This programme is offered by the School of Media Arts who provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.

Experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities help students develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. Check out examples of student work, some of our successful graduates, Media Arts' Industry connections, all the latest news and events, and more.

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Entry criteria

General academic admission

Candidates are required to have:

i. Successfully completed a bachelor's degree from a New Zealand institution; or
ii. Successfully completed a bachelor's degree from an approved and accredited overseas institution; or
iii. Successfully completed a level 6 or 7 diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a bachelor's degree); or
iv. Equivalent (as approved by the Centre Director or authorised nominee).

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.

Selection criteria

Selection will be determined on the basis of the candidate's application and academic performance. An interview and written language test may also be required as part of the selection process.

English language requirements

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 ban score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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​Year 1 students beginning February 2021

Date: Monday 15 February 2021
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus

    ​Year 1 students beginning July 2021

    Date: Monday 19 July 2021
    Time: 9am-4pm
    Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

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