Media and Communication - College of Arts - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
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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.

In addition to our research active and professionally engaged Media and Communication faculty, our department is fortunate to receive internationally renowned professors from all over the world every semester who are experts in various facets of media and communication. All our visiting scholars give public presentations, invited research seminars, and guest lectures into our undergraduate courses. These collegial partners are also available for mentoring - and are wonderful international contacts for our students. Some recent visiting professors can be found here.

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. Find out more about our department and everything that our amazing students are doing by liking the COMS Facebook page.

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.

What are the transferrable skills I will gain after obtaining a COMS undergraduate degree?

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • problem-solving
  • organisation
  • informational literacy
  • analytical thinking
  • cultural competence  
  • critical engagement
  • applying technology

News and Events

Media and Communication Research Seminars

Media and Communication Research Seminars are held on most Mondays in Room 611A, Locke Building from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Absolutely everyone is welcome. Information about recent COMS research seminars can be found here.

Media and Communication Invites Applications for Visiting Fellowship

Wayne Wanta at UC on College of Arts Fellowship

Donald Matheson Wins College of Arts Supervisor of the Year

2 October 2015: Associate Professor Donald Matheson won the UCSA College of Arts Supervisor of the Year Award. This is a well-deserved recognition of the outstanding supervision that Assoc Prof Matheson has provided for MA and PhD students throughout the college over the years. Read more...

From Prim to Punk

11 September 2015: Associate Professor Linda Jean Kenix published an article titled, "From Prim to Punk: The Successfully Altered Marketing Image of Christchurch City Post-Disaster. Read more...

Linda Jean Kenix receives award in San Francisco

14 August 2015: Linda Jean Kenix, and her co-author Kristin Gustafson, won the Second Place Faculty Paper Award in their division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference held in San Francisco this month. Read more...

Fulbright Scholar Delivers Seminar

10th July 2015: Visiting Fulbright scholar Jeff Kelly Lowenstein presented a seminar on Wednesday 15 July entitled Diversity, ‘race’ and public discourse: "Challenges and opportunities for news media
New Zealand society has become markedly more diverse over the past couple of decades—a situation that presents challenges and opportunities for media outlets. A look at related issues in the United States can provide a framework for comparison." Read more...

Donald Matheson wins teaching grant

6th March 2015: Donald Matheson won a University Teaching Grant on 6th March. The title of the funding is ‘Implementing and evaluating a community and work-integrated course on social media’. Read more...

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