What will I learn?

Discover how the media shape our identities and our world. At Massey, we help you create, critique and connect with the media world, building the skills to understand and make media for a wide range of professional communication roles.

Media studies is an exciting discipline that will prepare you for the challenges of an information-rich society. Media studies is taught through an innovative programme that blends theory with creative practice. It analyses the production, consumption and content of media and their social, cultural, political and economic implications.

You will learn how decisions are made on what is communicated, how media forms and industry structures shape those messages, and how this impacts our lives and understanding of the world. Media studies will help you become a flexible and critical thinker and maker, equipped to be a digitally literate, politically-engaged citizen.

Will you change the world?
At the heart of The Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies) is the study and creation of a variety of media forms. Media can include everything from film, social media and television to popular music and smartphone apps.

Understand and create media: During your study you will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in creating digital media using industry-standard equipment and software.

You'll combine these hands-on production skills with creative ways of employing media texts in meaning-creation. You’ll also gain an understanding of how media influences society and culture. You’ll learn how to help interpret the media world for clients and how to work within media-related jobs.

As part of your study you will produce a diverse range of media including:

  • websites
  • short fiction films
  • podcasts
  • music videos
  • photography portfolios
  • short documentaries
  • media scriptwriting
  • multimedia installations.

Careers: Digital media literacy is becoming increasingly important across all sectors. The skills you will develop with this major are versatile and highly sought-after in many careers.

Media studies graduates have pursued careers in wide-ranging fields such as advertising, public relations, radio, film and television, with government agencies and in teaching.

Our broad-based introduction to media technologies and forms, such as photography, video and audio, provides you with the digital know-how necessary to succeed in a wide range of careers that involve communication and media .

Media studies gives you the expertise not just to work in the media. It provides you with media expertise within any industry or organisation that engages with the media or with public audiences. In today’s media-rich world, that’s almost every organisation.

Media studies qualifies you to work in organisations that connect with and advise on the media. This includes media production and post-production companies, advertising and design agencies, government departments, non-governmental and private organisations. These organisations may engage with, produce or circulate media.

Further study: If you successfully complete this programme, you could go on to a Master of Arts (Media Studies) or Master of Philosophy, where you can take critical and creative media studies learning to the next level in either analytical or combination creative/analytical media research projects.

Major requirements: Completing a major is compulsory. The Media Studies major requires 120 credits including 15 credits from 154.250 as a compulsory course, no more than 60 credits at 200 level and at least 60 credits at 300 level.

Which department am I in?

School of English and Media Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$28,150.00 (US$ 19,670) per year

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

Application deadline

1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,

Turitea,

4474, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$28,150.00 (US$ 19,670) per year

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

Application deadline

1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),

AUCKLAND,

Albany,

0632, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum academic entry requirement is successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. Successful completion of High School Diploma from an accredited high school, plus a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or a minimum SAT result of 1100 out of 1600 (new SAT scores) or 1650 out of 2400 (old SAT scores) (Aggregate of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematic scores in SAT Reasoning Tests taken from March 2016, or the Critical Reading and Mathematics scores in SAT Reasoning Tests taken prior to March 2016.). English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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

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