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Graduate Diploma in Communication (version 2)


Course details

  • Subject to Approval
  • Jul 2020
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $6723 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 or Online delivery


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'll 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
COMM701Communication Craft 3730  

Group B: Elective

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
PROF701Professional Practice 3730  
DFNZ701Design Factory730  
CRTV702Freelance Project715  
BMAPA305Project Management for Creative Industries715  
CRTV703Capstone Project715  
CRTV701Research Methods715  
BMAPA304Advertising Strategies715  
PROF601Professional Practice 2615  
CRIT601Critical Methods 2615  
COMM602Feature Writing615  
CRTV601Creative Special Topic 3615  

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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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 starting Semester 2 2019
Date:  Monday 22nd July
Time:  9am
Venue: Events room 1, City Campus

9-9.30am Welcome, staff introductions, waiata

9.30am-12pm Tours with coordinators, information session, student ID’s, parking, and computer logins

12-1pm Social space, pizza for lunch

1pm onwards Ramp Festival.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

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

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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