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Bachelor of Communication Studies - Radio and Audio Media Major

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland University of Technology


AUT communications students and graduates are internationally recognised, having won the Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year award, CAANZ AXIS award, ORCA awards, Cannes International Advertising award and NZ Student Marketer of the Year award.

Study communications at AUT and you have access to industry standard facilities and equipment, including a media centre, radio studio and fully equipped TV studio, journalism training newspaper Te Waha Nui, student radio station Static 88.1 fm and student-run PR agency Outside the Square. You also gain invaluable workplace experience before you graduate.

Develop key skills for a career in radio, and run an FM and online radio station with other radio students.

Radio is fast-paced, dynamic and immediate. Radio works smoothly on multiple platforms, and is at the forefront of popular culture – delivering music, opinion and information to ever more savvy and demanding audiences. If you love music and popular culture, radio could offer a number of great career opportunities.

AUT radio students are sought after by major radio companies for part-time work during their studies and exciting careers after they graduate.

Career opportunities

  • Announcer/radio journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Account executive
  • Media planner
  • Music director or programmer
  • Producer
  • Production or studio engineer
  • Programme director
  • Promotions or station manager
  • Record company representative
  • Studio engineer

Entry criteria

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: Language rich subjects are useful

English Language requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 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.

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