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Diploma in Arts (Media Studies)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Media Studies for your Diploma in Arts at Massey

Much of our knowledge of the wider world and ourselves comes from the various 'screens' popular culture and the mass media use to entertain, inform, and instruct. The social, economic, and cultural importance of mass media for communication in modern life requires critical analysis and understanding.

In a world where it is difficult to escape the impact of the media, media studies provides analysis. It gives you an understanding of the production, consumption, and content of the media industries.

The approach is interdisciplinary – you’ll draw on areas like:


textual analysis

cultural studies



ideologies of gender, race, social class and national identity.

You’ll also learn about the media industry's codes, conventions, and production techniques.

The course includes a practical component as a useful learning supplement.

A Diploma in Arts in Media Studies is a good fit if you:

enjoy subjects such as media studies, English or drama

like to question what you see in the media.

Planning information

Full-time study comprises eight 15-credit courses for a total of 120 credits in one year. We recommend you aim for 60 credits per semester.

Regardless of whether you complete the diploma with or without an endorsement, if you later proceed to the Bachelor of Arts degree, all of the courses in your Diploma in Arts can be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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