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Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

STARTS: February 2022
Madras Street
Close Date: Accepted throughout the year
International Close Date: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Complement your existing degree and open doors to working in innovative ICT settings.

Our full time one year graduate diploma is designed to meet the needs of graduates from a variety of disciplines who do not possess the specific skills necessary to work in ICT industries, but who have already demonstrated the ability to perform at a significant academic level.

This programme offers courses from a wide range of ICT related disciplines including analysis, design, development, implementation and maintenance of business information systems.

You are able to specialise in information systems, web or software development or network administration. Each student will follow a study path that takes into account their prior knowledge and the ICT area they wish to specialize in.

For some students completing the Graduate Diploma over 18 months is recommended.

Fees for 2021

Domestic Fee
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
International Fee
$22,660 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$22,660 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

A Bachelor's degree in an IT related field (excluding Ara's BICT)

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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Core courses
 
Elective courses

Career opportunities

With this qualification, jobs in software development, cyber security, database development, interactive media, enterprise application development, website development, data communications and networking, or computing management are possible depending on the study path you followed. Part-time up to 5 years. In-demand IT careers include:

App Developer, Database Administrator, Web Developer, Video Game Designer, IT Helpdesk Technician, Network Administrator, IT Security Specialist, DevOps Engineer, Cloud Engineer, Network Architect, Computer Scientist, Systems Analyst, IT Project Manager, Programmer, Software Engineer and Cyber Security Operations.

Study pathways

The main pathways for the Graduate Diploma in ICT are:

  • Software Development
  • Information Systems
  • Networking & Infrastructure
  • Cyber Security

Combining with Business or Applied Management specialism like Project Management can unlock further career pathways and high-level management jobs in tech.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT

Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Complement your existing degree and open doors to working in innovative ICT settings.

Information
Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH3880
Next Starts February 2022
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
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3880-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic Fee
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
International Fee
$22,660 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$22,660 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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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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