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Diploma in Arts (Media Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

What is it like?

Much of our knowledge of the wider world and ourselves is derived from the various 'screens' popular culture and the mass media use to entertain, inform, and instruct. The social, economic, and cultural importance of the mass media for communication in modern life requires critical analysis and understanding.

In a world where it is difficult to escape the impact of the media, Media Studies provides analysis and understanding of the production, consumption, and content of the media industries. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on linguistics, textual analysis, cultural studies, aesthetics, politics, ideologies of gender, race, social class, and national identity, and the media industry's codes, conventions, and production techniques.

The course includes a practical component as a useful learning supplement.

World leading

Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 150 university communication and media studies programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.


Media Studies can lead to a variety of career options, including those in the list below.

  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Film making
  • Journalism
  • Public relations

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