Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management (Level 7) Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management (Level 7)

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Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management
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February and July





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year



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Advised on enrolment

About this programme

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.

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

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Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 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

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning

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.