Qualification
Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Communication) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP702022

Are you interested in how people communicate and creating effective communication channels within organisations and between businesses and the public? With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, you’ll be a confident and effective communicator with the skills to work in a variety of communication-focused roles. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to analyse and interpret complex communication issues and come up with creative solutions. You will also be able to undertake quantitative and qualitative research.

Programme Update

New Students
OP702022 Bachelor of Arts (Communication) is closed to new students.  If you wish to undertake a degree with a major in communication, please look at the information for OP701002 Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication)

Current Students
If you were already enrolled in OP702022 Bachelor of Arts (Communication) prior to 21 August 2018 you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.

Please note, to be awarded this qualification, you will need to have completed all the courses that make up the programme by the end of Trimester 1, 2023.

If you think you may instead wish to transition to OP701002 Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication) please note there are some differences in the compulsory courses between the two degrees.  If you would like to talk at a Student Advisor to discuss your options, please  contact us by free phone 0508 650 200 or email us at customerservices@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Course changes

On 21 August there were two course changes made to OP702022 Bachelor of Arts (Communication)

  • 72363 Mass Communication is no longer being offered, and is replaced with 72374 Social Informatics. If you have already completed 72363 Mass Communication this will be credited towards your degree.
  • 72260 Reputation Management is no longer being offered as an elective course in this degree. If you have already completed this course, it will be credited towards your degree.  If you had intended to enrol in this course, please choose another elective.  If you need help choosing a replacement elective, please contact us.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $13,140 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

Qualification update

This qualification has been revised. If you began studying this qualification before 11 September 2012, please click here to view the old structure and enrolment information.

What you will learn

When you’ve achieve this qualification you will have the
skills to:

  • analyse and use information logically
  • write concisely and clearly
  • communicate effectively at personal, group and organisational levels
  • analyse , address and offer practical solutions to complex communication issues
  • understand organisational dynamics.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a broad range of careers in the areas of public relations, communication management and more.

PRINZ Members

Holders of the Public Relations Institute’s APR (Accredited in Public Relations) will be cross-credited for 72180 Introduction to Public RelationsContact us to find out more or visit the PRINZ website.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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