Graduate Certificate in Information Design (Level 7) Graduate Certificate in Information Design (Level 7)

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Graduate Certificate in Information Design
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Graduate CertificatePart-time up to 3 years

Programme code



February, July





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year



Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


per course


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

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

As information and content becomes increasingly important in business, there's an acute need for professionals with an understanding of information management and design. As a graduate of this programme, you'll be in a position to meet this need by being able to create and manage effective user-centred content. You'll possess new skills to enhance your present career or to change careers in this developing professional field.

The foundational courses that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Information Design cover professional writing and editing, an introduction to user experience, professional issues in information design and an introduction to visual design. Specific skills covered in these programmes include: research and analysis, solving communication problems, collaboration and team work, and identifying appropriate tools and technologies. These are 'meta-skills' that will enable you to be adaptable and to carry out a wide range of tasks in diverse roles.

Our graduate certificate and graduate diploma in information design are the only graduate-level programmes offered online in this field in Australasia. They are aimed at individuals who are working in the industry and want to upskill, or those making a career change. You can study part or full time according to your needs. Historically most students choose part time due to the predominance of mid-career students.

While there is no work placement in the graduate certificate, if you progress to the Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management, that qualification includes a workplace internship.

Career opportunities

Information design is a set of skills that are 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 and the public service.

Study pathways

As a graduate of this programme you can proceed to further develop your skills with the Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management which includes a workplace internship.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Certificate you are required to complete 60 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
  • A Bachelor's degree.

Alternative requirements
  • 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.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

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

An application needs to be made to the programme leader, including the provision of a current written CV. Usually an interview is scheduled, either in person or by phone/skype.

Application documents

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.