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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Media Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Create, critique and connect with your media world

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Media Studies) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in media studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree. 

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

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.

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Media Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in media studies. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in media studies if you wish.

Get sought-after media skills

Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Media Studies) introduces you to an exciting discipline that will prepare you for the future challenges of an information-rich society. Media studies analyses the production, consumption and content of a range of media including film, social media, television, popular music and smartphones. You’ll explore the formal characteristics of these media and their social, cultural, political and economic implications.

Shape the future of the media world

At the heart of our programme are the study and creation of a variety of media forms. We consider different aspects of the media and their relationships to the historical, social and cultural contexts in which they occur. You’ll be encouraged to use lateral-thinking skills to understand the media world and participate in shaping its future.

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

Be challenged

On this programme you will:

  • 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.

Learn from the leaders

Massey offers 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.

Your lecturers are internationally published experts in their fields, and span the breadth of contemporary media studies.

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

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a different subject
  • Enjoy engaging with media
  • Are creative and would like to make your own media
  • Enjoy subjects such as media studies, English and drama
  • Like to question and debate what you see in the media


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

  • Advertising
  • Digital postproduction
  • Film and TV production
  • Web content editing
  • Journalism
  • Public relations 

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