Graduate Certificate in Information Design – Now Fees Free At Ara

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09 Jul 2020

Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd. is providing the Graduate Certificate in Information Design for free for the first time during Semester Two 2020.

The New Zealand Government Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) became available to learners from the 1st of July. However, in light of the acute circumstances brought about by COVID-19, Ara is opening up access to other areas of study.

By making it easier to gain the crucial skills needed for success within the digital economy, Ara hopes to encourage people who have lost their jobs to retrain for a digital future, while also equipping the next generation with these competences.

The focus of the course is on enabling leaners to create engaging, user-friendly content for social and other online channels; to write effectively for specific audiences and purposes and to understand the key principles of digital design. Naturally, in an instance where gaining fluency in the digital domain is a priority, the Certificate is delivered completely online, and learners can complete their qualification through full or part-time study. All students require is a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, or more than five years’ experience in a relevant role.

Andrew Weston, a freelance translator who now also works as technical writer for Wyma Engineering, a mechanical engineering manufacturer, comments that he certainly benefited from his study. “Information design fully encompasses technical writing, in everything from page layouts to plain English and user advocacy. This role is 100% information design.”

Andrew adds “I have always been fascinated by the way that information is presented, studying information design seemed to be a way to add some formal training to my fascination. I also felt it would benefit me in both of the roles I was working in and turns out I was right!”

Ara’s own Whitney Brown, a member of the International Admissions team, agrees. “I use information design in almost every aspect of my role, and I’ve been able to develop and improve the communications we send to students because I completed this study. I would recommend this programme to everyone - people working in any industry can benefit from developing information design skills.”

If graduates of the Certificate wish to extend their skills, they will be qualified to advance to the Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management.

To find out more, please visit: Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management