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FAQs about applying to NZBS

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Do you have questions?  FAQs

If you have questions about applying to study the Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, you might find the answers below.

If your question is not answered here, please get in CONTACT with us.


  • When do applications close?: For the February intake, the deadline is September 30th. However, there is flexibility. Please get in contact if you would like to apply after this date.
  • Do I have to complete all pieces of my application by September 30th? Yes. You need to complete both the Ara Admissions and Enrolment form as well as submit Additional Requirements and any supporting material by September 30th. Please note, see above about the application deadline.
  • I want to apply for more than one specialisation, what do I do? You may submit an application for more than one specialisation. If you are lucky enough to be accepted by more than one specialisation we can help you decide which would be a better fit for you.
  • What supporting evidence should I submit to show, my potential? Material that shows us that you are passionate about the specialisation you are applying for. Demonstrate creativity and commitment. Depending on your area of interest, items such as poetry, stories, radio shows, short films, photography portfolio. Proof of work experience and commitment to the profession.
  • What are the interviews like? Interviews are conducted either online or face-to-face. Face-to-face interviews are held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and other locations as required. The interviews are made up of a panel of NZBS tutors and industry personnel. This is an opportunity for NZBS to get to know you, and for you see if we would be a good fit for you.
  • If I am accepted into one specification and want to change to another, is that possible? This is not unheard of. We will work with you to see if this is a possibility for you.
  • When will I find out if I have been accepted? We start contacting our successful applicant approximately 3 weeks after interviewing has been completed. Usually mid-late November
  • I have been accepted by another institution and I'm still waiting to hear from NZBS, what do I do? Get in contact with us so we can talk through your options
  • What is the likelihood of me coming off the waitlist? Each waitlisted person is equal and if a place frees up the tutors select the best fit from the waitlist pool.


  • What are the academic entry requirements? University Entrance.
  • What subjects should I be taking at school, to give me the best chance of being accepted at NZBS? English or English-rich subjects, Media studies and Relevant industry experience.
  • I don't have my NCEA results yet, what do I do? We understand that results are released in January. You may receive a conditional offer based on passing University Entrance.
  • I didn't pass all my NCEA subjects, does that mean I cannot begin at NZBS? We will work with you to determine if it is possible to make up the shortfall. There are summer school options and often your school will help.
  • Do you take international students? Yes, there are some additional steps to take if you are an international student. Please see the International Application Form for more details.


  • Am I eligible for Free Fees? Please check here for more information.
  • Are there scholarships available? Yes, Ara has several scholarships that are available. We also highly recommend that you seek out scholarships in your own community. We also award prizes (with a cash component) to high performing students during the year.


  • How long is the degree? It is an accelerated 3-year degree. You will spend 2 years on campus and 6 months in a paid professional placement.
  • What does a typical day look like? Because of the immersive nature of the programme, we expect you to be engaged with learning Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. However, we emulate the media industry, this means at times there will be early mornings and late nights, as well as high pressured situations.
  • What is the social life like? You will become close with your peers while on campus. Life-long friendships are often forged during this time.
  • Where are the placements? Most placements occur in the North Island. However, we have students on placement all over NZ.
  • Can I do the degree online? No. The degree is hands-on and full immersion using industry-standard equipment.
  • Is there student accommodation? Yes, Ara has Otautahi House, which is adjacent to NZBS. Apply for 'O House' at the same time you apply for NZBS and before their 31st October deadline.
  • Can I come and visit the school? Yes. Please get in contact with us to arrange a visit.
  • Do you have any short 'taster' courses? Yes, we have a 4-day 'On-Air Workshop' that covers all specializations. Please get in contact if you would like to know more.


  • Why should I attend NZBS rather than places like The Radio School or AUT? We are world-class and have been in the business since the 1980s. We have very strong connections to the media industry and our success rate speaks for itself.
  • I've heard it's really hard to get accepted, is this true? We are selective, but it doesn't mean it is harder than any other institution. 
  • I've heard a lot of negative press about jobs in the media, is it sensible to even consider a career in media? Yes. It is disheartening that we live in a world of 'fake news' and economic turmoil, but the media is not going to go away.