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Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Auckland Campus


Specialise in Media Studies for your Bachelor of Communication at Massey

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 qualification 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. We look at different aspects of the media and their relationships to historical, social and cultural contexts. If you want to change the world for the better, but also want to ensure that you have professional career prospects, this is the major for you.

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:


short fiction films


music videos

photography portfolios

short documentaries

media scriptwriting.

Further study

If you successfully complete this qualification, 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.

A Bachelor of Communication in Media Studies is a good fit if you:

are interested in the media’s impact on our lives and our understanding of local, national and world events

want to learn the practical, creative and technical skills involved in producing a range of media content

want to learn how to communicate effectively across a range of media.

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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