New Zealand Certificate in Communications Media (Level 4)

This qualification is ideal for you if you're considering a career in the media. It covers areas like filming, editing, social media, radio and digital marketing.

It's also an excellent way to enhance your existing qualifications or experience in this exciting industry.

You’ll learn from tutors with years of industry experience, plus a host of guest tutors working in a range of different media roles. You'll work and learn in top class facilities and we even run our own radio station SubFM right here at Windermere Campus.

Content Details

This one-semester media course offers a practical, hands on approach where you learn by doing! The course is all about providing you with a diverse range of skills that can be utilised over a multitude of roles. Some of the exciting areas of learning you may explore throughout the programme are:

Visual Media

  • Filming & editing
  • Green screen
  • Presenting to camera
  • Photoshop/ Lightroom

Sound Media

  • Recording
  • Editing
  • Radio broadcasting

Interactive Media

  • Social influence
  • Community management

Social Media

  • Social media and online content management
  • Google
  • Search Engine Optimisation

Legal & Ethical Practice

  • Broadcasting Standards Authority
  • Advertising Standards Authority
  • Broadcasting Act

Personal Development

  • Career development
  • Personal presentation
  • Interview skills for industry


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Whakatane
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes run Monday to Thursday 10.00am-3.00pm (lunch 12.00-1.00pm). (Subject to change).

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $2,916.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Communications Media (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

Graduates with this qualification can operate in the entry level roles in the media e.g. radio, screen, print and digital media.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Creative Industries

Alternative Pathways

This qualification may lead to:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Radio Broadcasting (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)
  • Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications at Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies at AUT

Entry Criteria

Academic Entry: 

  • At least 40 credits at NCEA Level 2 and,
  • 10 Literacy credits at Level 1
  • 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1

Where applicants do not meet all entry requirements, they may gain special admission if Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is satisfied the applicant is capable of meeting the academic requirements.

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the academic entry requirements, but whose skills, education or work experiences indicate that they have a chance of success, may be eligible for special admission. 


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.