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Graduate Certificate in Information Design

International Close Date: Received all year

Gain communication skills that are in demand across a wide range of sectors.

This fully online programme is available both full and part-time. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to effectively create and design user-centred content. These are in high demand across industries and in all areas of professional life.

You'll learn about:

  • professional writing and editing
  • user experience design
  • audience analysis
  • visual design
  • professional issues
  • user experience design
  • plain language writing for specific audiences

You’ll also gain skills in:

  • research and analysis
  • problem solving in communication
  • working and collaborating online
  • identifying appropriate tools and technologies

These ‘meta skills’ are highly adaptable and will enable you to carry out a wide range of tasks in diverse roles.

Please note: $780 is the 2021 fee per 15-credit course. You can choose to study between one and four courses a semester. As a rule of thumb, one 15-credit course is about eight hours of study per week.

A Bachelor's degree

Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree) or evidence of practical, professional or educational experience supporting their ability to work at this level.

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

Opportunities for graduates of this qualification include technical writer or communicator, information designer, web content editor/publisher, business analyst, documentation writer/expert.

Graduate Certificate in Information Design

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Gain communication skills that are in demand across a wide range of sectors.

Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH4058
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Received all year
Credits 60
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4058-STRU
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With an internationally-recognised Ara qualification, the world is your oyster. Our graduates can be found working and making a difference across the globe…


Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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