Media and Communication
Media and Communication as a subject of study examines the influence and impact of the media and new information technologies. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of how communication and media work and how they work within the broader context of society. It draws on both the arts and social sciences, and the degree develops a wide range of critical thinking, writing and research skills.
From the uprisings in Ukraine and the Middle East, to your relationship with friends on Snapchat, media are changing the world. Be a part of understanding these profound societal shifts and start your studies with the Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury.
Why Study COMS at Canterbury?
The University of Canterbury’s Media and Communication programme is the most international programme of its kind in the country. With academic staff from North America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions, we bring international perspectives and knowledge, which will help you succeed in the global marketplace after graduation.
As a student in the department, you will gain knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime. Our recent graduates are employed in a variety of fields including journalism and the media, business, government and the academy.
COMS is also actively engaged in placing 2nd and 3rd year students into Arts internships where they gain practical experience in the field of media and communication. Our best students receive an integrated capstone undergraduate internship experience that brings together their academic work into a professional project, which they can draw upon to transition into the workplace. As an example, RDU internships run in semester one and two each year. The students are now producing their radio shows from a broadcast studio on campus, established by RDU and the Media and Communication Department on the ground floor of the Locke Building. Tune in to hear more of our students’ news at RDU.Find out more about how to build COMS into your degree.
News and Announcements
Media and Communication Research Chats
Media and Communication Research Chats are held on alternating Wednesdays in Room 611A, Locke Building from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Everyone is welcome.
Before graduating with his MA and taking on a new position at MoreFM, Mason Head will be presenting his research titled, “It’s Beyond Me”: Trauma, Combat and the Paradox of Mediation" at 12pm on Thursday the 27th of February in 611A Locke. All are welcome!
Associate Professor Linda Jean Kenix just learned that her most recent paper titled, "You are either with us or with us: Constructing a Samona national identity through inclusion at the Samoa Observer" will soon be published in Journalism.