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Graduate Diploma in Communication


Course details


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
PROF702Professional Practice 3730PROF601 or equivalent 
COMM720Communications 720715COMM620 or equivalent 
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
CRTV702Freelance Project715COMM610,
COMM620 or
DSGN620 or
MAPA620 or
CART620 or equivalent
CRTV703Capstone Project715COMM710 or
DSGN710 or
MAPA710 or
CART710 or equivalent
CRTV701Research Methods715CRIT601 or equivalent 
CRTV705Creative Work Integrated Learning715PROF702 or equivalent 
PROF601Professional Practice 2615PROF501 or equivalent 
CRIT601Critical Methods 2615CRIT501 or equivalent 
DFNZ601Design Thinking Launchpad61560 credits at level 5 or equivalent 
COMM602Feature Writing615  
COMM603Advertising and Publicity 61545 credits at level 5
PROF501 or equivalent
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.

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.

Application Process:

  1. Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form.
  2. Complete the online self-disclosure form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process.
  3. If applying in hard copy, and you are unsure that you meet entry criteria, complete the Additional Information Form. This will enable us to assess your application further. If applying online, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, select discretionary entrance and this form is then included as part of the online application process.
  4. If you have them, provide certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  5. We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status.  If you are a domestic student, we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), if we can not access your NSN number, you will need to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Once you have submitted your application

  • You will receive confirmation that your application has been received and will let you know if there is anything additional that we need from you.
  • Your application will be assessed, and you will be informed of the outcome. 
  • Candidates may be required to attend an individual interview.
  • If you are accepted to study, you will be sent an enrolment offer letter – you will need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer of place.

​​​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.

Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme.

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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.

Semester 2 2024

Date: Monday 22 July 2024
Time: 10.30am-4pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

  • Welcome and staff introductions
  • Tours, ID cards, and parking
  • Lunch
  • Class

What you will need

Please bring a notebook and pen.

In classes, we utilise Mac computers and industry-standard software Adobe Creative Suite. While you will have access to computers as part of your study, it is strongly recommended that you bring your own laptop to be able to continue working on projects off-campus. A Mac computer is recommended as this platform is more common in the industry; however, a Windows-based PC would also be suitable. If you plan to buy a device for use during your studies, a 13” MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with the Apple M1 Chip and 8GB memory (or PC equivalent) is sufficient as a starting point for the software and tools used in class. For any enquiries about more advanced software and computer requirements, please send us an email

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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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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    General book suppliers

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