Overview

Create, critique and connect with your media world

Interested in television and popular culture? Social media and the blogosphere? Film and cultural theory? Media studies can help you unlock your creative potential and develop practical skills to excel in your career.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Not all courses are available in any one year.

Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Media Studies) will prepare you for future challenges in an information-rich society. Media studies analyses the production, consumption and content of a range of media. This can include everything from film, social media and television to popular music and smartphones. You will explore the formal characteristics of these media as well as their social, cultural, political and economic implications. You can use it to study another subject area without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Media studies is taught through an innovative programme that blends theory with creative practice. The skills you will develop with this major are versatile.

Be challenged

  • Explore the ways in which media texts, audiences and users create and circulate meanings.
  • Analyse the relationships between media, culture and society, and how they influence our views of the world.
  • Communicate your findings effectively in speech and writing.
  • Tackle open-ended questions where there are no simple right or wrong answers.
  • Develop creative and critical approaches to producing media.

Blend media theory and media production

We use media theories as a springboard for exploring a range of media forms, then to guide you through the practice of creating your own media products such as short films and documentaries.

State-of-the-art facilities

We offer you access to the latest in digital technology through our new state-of-the-art facilities and online learning system. You’ll have opportunities for multi-modal, hands-on learning that reflects the latest developments in media practice to give you skills relevant to today’s industry.

Shape the future of the media world

You’ll use lateral-thinking skills to understand the media world and participate in shaping its future.

Careers and further study

Careers

Media studies can lead to a variety of career options, including:

  • advertising
  • digital post-production
  • film and television production
  • web content editing
  • journalism
  • public relations.

Further study

Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate in Arts (Media Studies) you can go on to postgraduate study if you wish.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Media Studies) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions.

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits

From the Schedule to the Certificate including:

From your endorsement with at least 30 credits of these at 300 level

From the Schedule

 
  • Ensure overall you have at least 45 credits at 300 level
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

Subject courses

139323 Script Writing 15
154202 Advertising and Consumer Society 15
154203 Popular Culture and the Media 15
154204 Digital Media Production I 15
154206 International Film History 15
154208 Screen Media 15
154224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film 15
154250 Digital Media: Theory and Practice 15
154301 Culture, Power and The Media 15
154302 Gender and Race in the Media 15
154303 Hollywood Cinema 15
154304 Digital Media Production II 15
154308 Screen Fictions 15
154311 Social Media and Digital Cultures 15
154312 Trauma and the Media 15
154313 Global Media Cultures 15
154314 Independent Media in the Information Age 15
154315 Popular Music Studies 15
154316 New Zealand Cinema 15
154317 Television Drama 15
154333 Humour and the Media 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.

Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • enjoy engaging with media
  • enjoy subjects such as media studies, English and drama
  • like to question and debate what you see in the media.

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking communication and media

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for communication and media studies, by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.


ShanghaiRanking - communication

Massey University's communication programme is ranked #1 in New Zealand, and in the top 200 universities in the world, by ShanghaiRanking.


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

 

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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