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Bachelor of Arts - New Zealand Sign Language - English Interpreting Major

  • Bachelor

Professional sign language interpreters are in high demand. Sign language interpreters are essential to ensure the Deaf community has access to New Zealand legal, educational and health systems. This major prepares you for a career as a sign language interpreter.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person

About this course

Professional sign language interpreters are in high demand. Sign language interpreters are essential to ensure the Deaf community has access to New Zealand legal, educational and health systems. This major prepares you for a career as a sign language interpreter.

You become familiar with the Deaf community and culture, and helping you achieve proficiency in New Zealand Sign Language. In the second and third year you're introduced to the interpreting profession, including the history of interpreting locally and internationally. You develop interpreting skills for a wide range of settings, and explore the ethical issues of sign language interpreting.

Scholarships from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Economic Development are available for NZSL interpreting students:

  • Ministry of Education website

Study locations

City Campus

Online

Career pathways

  • Interpreting settings in the Deaf community including:
  • Medical centres and district health boards
  • Legal profession
  • Compulsory education
  • University
  • Public events
  • Employment
  • Theatre
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Mental health

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