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Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design

Close Date: Accepted throughout the year
International Close Date: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Further your expertise to meet the demand for CAD professionals in the architecture, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Our one year qualification will provide the learning to allow you to apply broad knowledge of CAD tools, concepts and practices to provide effective CAD project outcomes. You will complete a combination of courses which provide you with skills and knowledge in:

  • Broad CAD fundamentals
  • Applied practical skills and knowledge
  • CAD system and CAD project management
  • Research and critical analysis

Throughout the year, you will enhance your work readiness through project and problem based learning where you will develop your broad based skills and knowledge in the area of CAD developing processes to ensure that CAD projects are executed effectively.

You will acquire research and evaluation expertise with real world projects where you will work independently and in teams.

You will also use effective written and oral communication for successful CAD outcomes. Part-time up to 4 years.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,900 - $8,700 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

A Bachelor's degree or a Level 7 qualification in a field involving technical design (not including the Diploma in Computer Aided Design Level 6)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

On completion of this programme you will be able to take on CAD management or leadership roles within an organisation.

Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Further your expertise to meet the demand for CAD professionals in the architecture, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Information
Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH4038
Application close date Accepted throughout the year
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start
Credits 120
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4038-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,900 - $8,700 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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