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Diploma in Computer Aided Design

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

Any qualification in Engineering, Construction, Architecture or equivalent at Level 4 or above. If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 (no lower than 5.5 in any band).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.

Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The average annual and total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (These are estimates based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The combined total of the annual and total amount paid by both student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (These are estimates based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

For more infomation on Compulsory Student Services Fees, loans and allowances

Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

In further study -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

Content

Further develop your CAD expertise with this diploma, you will learn how to install, operate and manage CAD software applications and systems.

Our Diploma in Computer Aided Design will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a significant contribution to the design and associated information technology systems of a business enterprise. You will develop expertise in installing, operating and managing CAD software applications and systems.

Made up of 75 compulsory credits and 45 elective credits, the Diploma in Computer Aided Design will develop you as a skilled and creative practitioner ready to apply your knowledge on the job or enrol in further study and/or undergraduate level research.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Certificate in Computer Aided Design Level 4 or equivalent

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart
PROGRAMME CODE: CH3856
LEVEL: 6
CREDITS: 120
COMMENCES: February, July
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year
International: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $6,600 -$7,200
International: $20,640
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Advised before enrolment

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Having CAD know-how means you will be able to field employment in various fields such as mechanical product design, civil engineering, landscape design, architecture, industrial design, and character animation.

CAD designers are in high demand globally and you may wish to use this qualification for permanent and freelance contracts.

Create new horizons and new opportunities for yourself or specialise in tasks related to the electrical or mechanical industries such tasks include CAD software and hardware analysis, budget considerations and job/project analysis and planning.

Study pathways

After completing your study you will be equipped to apply for further study in related disciplines at diploma and advanced levels.

Recommended school subjects

  • Computing
  • Technology
  • English
  • Mathematics