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To be successful in professional writing or public relations / advertising, you must be an excellent communicator, a problem solver, a lateral thinker, interested in contemporary issues, creative and able to work under pressure. The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Level 7) will enhance your degree or work experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills for an exciting career in communications, advertising and corporate communications.

Study One year full-time study or part-time equivalent

The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Level 7) has an emphasis on practical learning and extensive industry contact. You will work on real projects with clients and have support from tutors with industry experience.

Fee guideline $5,145* + material costs (domestic students). International students enquire on enrolment.


Location City Campus, Hamilton or online * Fees subject to change.

You will study 8 modules (or equivalent), in order to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Communication (minimum of 120 credits in total):


2 Core Modules – compulsory practical and theoretical modules

2 free choice electives at either level 6 or 7 that you can choose from any Media Arts discipline (eg: photography, moving image, music, graphic design etc) or from any Wintec degree programme as approved by the Programme Coordinator.


4 Electives – explore your specialised area of interest with a selection from the Bachelor of Media Arts schedule of modules

You may choose to study a pathway in one of two endorsements, either public relations / advertising or professional / creative writing. The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Level 7) is a one year full-time programme. It consists of eight papers offered over two semesters (16 weeks) from February to June and July to November. You can also study this programme part-time. All assessments are internal with no end-ofyear examinations. LEARN FROM INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS Your tutors are active researchers and work closely with industry representatives and professionals in the community. They regularly present at conferences, and are members of professional organisations relevant to their fields. INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING Your study in Media Arts will be project driven and involve collaboration with students from outside your field. You will gain insight, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice.



Professional Writing and Technical Communication Writing Project

4 Electives from the following*


Writing for the Media Writing Workshop Media Theory Media Communication Web Media Media Photography Digital Publishing Organisational Communication Feature Writing



Career Development for the Creative practitioner

Business Practice for the Creative Industries

Screenwriting and Narrative Studies

Professional Research Projec Project Management for the Creative Industries





4 Electives from the following*


Writing for the Media Media Theory Media Communication Web Media Advertising Workshop Media Photography Digital Publishing Organisational Communication


Brand Campaign

Career development for the Creative practitioner

Business Practice for the Creative Industries

Internship Professional Research Project Project Management for the Creative Industries

* Not all modules are available every year. For the full schedule of modules see


APPLICATION PROCESS Check that you meet the entry criteria

QUALIFICATIONS Candidates are required to have gained a degree conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution, or an equivalent qualification and/or industry experience approved by the Head of School or Centre Director.

Submit your completed application to enrol form. Download form from or call 0800 2946 832

Application will be assessed by the Programme Coordinator

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Candidates seeking entry solely on the basis of industry experience will be required to demonstrate (through their written application and curriculum vitae, and an interview), practical, professional or educational experience equivalent to a relevant bachelor’s degree.

Receive acknowledgement of your application


Interview with The Programme Coordinator or Team Manager

Candidates for whom English is not their first language are required to have an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.0 across all bands.

This is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the School Confirmation of entry Letter confirming placement to be returned to the school Application outcome You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application

“The Graduate Diploma in Communication provided me with the perfect balance of theoretical knowledge and outstanding industry integration. I was able to upgrade my skills and excel in the field” Shuvodip Biswas, Graduate Diploma in Communication, 2011.

THE SCHOOL OF MEDIA ARTS Learning in Wintec’s dynamic, collaborative environment is the best place to begin your career as a creative professional. Our innovative, interdisciplinary programmes equip students for today’s fast-paced art, design, music and entertainment industries, placing an emphasis on flexibility and the ability to apply skills in new situations.

SPARK INTERMEDIA The world of media is growing at an unprecedented rate, and the term convergence is often used to describe the way in which previously distinct media disciplines are now frequently combined. Print and radio journalists are increasingly creating audiovisual versions of their stories for online platforms; artists are creating physical and virtual content; moving image content that used to be available only on television, disc or at the cinema is now available on a range of platforms, and music and sound are more often than not underpinning all of the above. The creation and delivery of content requires collaboration and the understanding of a diverse range of disciplines. Consequently we have designed our unique curriculum to reflect this industry reality.

YAK FM Yak FM is the student campus radio station, run by the Certificate in Radio Broadcasting and Communication students from the Bachelor of Media Arts. The Yak is a working teaching space for students studying radio, media writing and broadcast modules on the BMA although keen students from other areas can also get involved in the station. It has an on air studio, recording booth and mixing studio and broadcasts 24 hours a day.

The Spark International Festival of Media Arts is an annual week-long celebration of contemporary arts organised by the School of Media Arts. Spark offers non-stop talks, exhibitions, panel discussions and entertainment from the cultural cutting edge, and will invite you to listen to, watch and engage with a dynamic array of artists, musicians, film-makers, designers, critics, writers and multi-media and interdisciplinary practitioners.

FINDING OUT MORE TAKE A TOUR We conduct tours of the School of Media Arts and the Wintec City campus to showcase the facilities and the collaborative learning environment. These tours are a good opportunity to ask questions about the programmes, facilities and work environment. Book online or call our 0800 number below

CONTACT US Wintec has a School of Media Arts expert in the Student Enrolment and Information Centre who will be able to help with all of your questions. Student Enrolment and Information Centre: City Campus, A Block, Gate 3, Tristram Street, Hamilton Open hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday 7.30am -5.00pm Tuesday 9.30am - 5.00pm Wednesday 7.30am -6.00pm

WAIKATO INDEPENDENT Written, designed and produced by Wintec Media Arts students, The Waikato Independent is an online newspaper covering events through Waikato and beyond. Check it out at!

0800 2946 832 www.wintec.

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