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Bachelor of Arts - New Zealand Sign Language - English Interpreting Major

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts prepares you for a huge range of careers, and you can build your degree in a way that suits you – study a single or a double major, select from a wide range of minors or add elective papers from another area of study. Throughout your Bachelor of Arts you’ll develop effective communication, critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as the ability to research and present professionally. These skills are key to any professional role.

Professional sign language interpreters are in high demand. Sign language interpreters are essential to ensure the Deaf community has access to New Zealand legal, educational and health systems. This major prepares you for a career as a sign language interpreter.

You become familiar with the Deaf community and culture, and helping you achieve proficiency in New Zealand Sign Language. In the second and third year you’re introduced to the interpreting profession, including the history of interpreting locally and internationally. You develop interpreting skills for a wide range of settings, and explore the ethical issues of sign language interpreting.

Key features:

  • Only degree qualification as a NZSL English interpreter
  • Suitable for school leavers and for people with no sign language proficiency
  • Many opportunities to practise your skills with the Deaf community
  • 24-week interpreting placement in your final year, working alongside qualified NZSL interpreters

Career opportunities:

  • Interpreting settings in the Deaf community including:
  • Medical centres and district health boards
  • Legal profession
  • Compulsory education
  • University
  • Public events
  • Employment
  • Theatre
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Mental health

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Culture and Society

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$31,000.00 (US$ 19,862) per year
Fees are subject to change year to year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Venue

Auckland University of Technology

AUT City Campus,

55 Wellesley Street East,

AUCKLAND,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of an Associate Degree in an academic stream from a recognised Community College. English Language Requirements: IELTS score 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; TOEFL iBT score 80; Minimum overall score of 52 in CAE prior to 2015 or a score of 169 in CAE from 2015; or a score of 50 in Pearson (PTE); or B/B+ in Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS); or grade B in GIE.

For international students

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Useful New Zealand school subjects

All subjects are useful, in particular Art History, Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, Media Studies and other languages.

English Language Requirements:

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Taylors College Auckland
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About Auckland University of Technology

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  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Ranked 1st in New Zealand for its international outlook
  • AUT has over 60 research institutes and centres
  • A network of 100,000+ alumni across 80 different countries

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