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Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management

STARTS: February 2021
International Close Date: Received all year

Transform your career with in-demand expertise in information design.

Increasingly, integrated mobile technology and social media platforms have become a key toolkit for communicating content to users, alongside traditional media. This programme will teach you key concepts and skills needed to create and manage this content. The focus is on creating effective user-centred content relevant to an information-driven age.

Specific skills covered include:
• Plain language writing for specific audiences
• Research and analysis
• Solving communication problems
• Collaboration and teamwork
• Visual design
• User experience design
• Strategies for managing information in organisations
• Usability testing

What does the programme consist of?

The Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the four certificate courses. It focuses on more specialised areas including:
• Information and content management
• Usability testing
• A work-integrated learning component (Internship or Professional Project) to provide evidence or your ability to put your learning in to practice for real clients.

How will I study?

You will study online with experienced tutors, within our learning management system. You can study part-time, one or two courses per semester, or full-time, four courses per semester. As a rule, one 15 credit course is about eight hours study per week. Study is fully semesterised, with enrolments being accepted in February and July each year.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$780 - $6860 per year
International costs
$22,580 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2020

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 Speaking
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Listening

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

Information design is a skill set that is increasingly valued and needed in a wide range of economic sectors. In the past, graduates have gone on to work in product and business process documentation, health and transport, education, web design and online business applications, tourism, advertising, education, and the public service.

Graduate Diploma career pathways:

  • Technical writer/communicator
  • Information Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Web content producer/publisher/editor
  • Content/Knowledge/Information Manager
  • Digital Marketing Manager
Part time.

Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Transform your career with in-demand expertise in information design.

Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH4059
Next Starts February 2021
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Received all year
Credits 120
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4059-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$780 - $6860 per year
International costs
$22,580 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2020
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Online - Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management - Feb 2021
Start date: 22 February 2021
Online - Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management - July 2021
Start date: 26 July 2021

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

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