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Mainstream programmes

Ara offers an extensive selection of mainstream programmes for international students, across a wide range of subjects.

At Ara you’ll learn from experts in modern environments with industry-standard equipment. Our programmes are hands-on and practical. Many include workplace experience - such as work placements, internships and industry projects. This is to ensure that when you graduate, you’re truly work-ready.

Our class sizes are generally small, so you get to know your tutors and classmates and they get to know you. And as an international student, you’ll be supported throughout your study journey by dedicated international student support advisors who are committed to your wellbeing and success.

View International pathway charts to our mainstream programmes here.

Ara is an approved host institution for Fullbright US graduate studies for the Master of Sustainable Practice and the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.

Graduate Diploma in Construction Management

Expand your knowledge and skills for senior roles in the construction industry.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: February
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying

Develop your quantity surveying skills for a rapidly evolving industry.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: February
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Add technical skills and knowledge to your creative abilities for a career in architectural design.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Architecture and Construction Management

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Become a sought-after professional in the construction industry.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: February
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

Graduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Be part of the next productivity step-change in construction, architecture and civil engineering.

FULL-TIME - 18 Weeks (Part-time options available)
Starts: February
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

Contribute to the shape of our built environment as an architectural technician.

FULL-TIME - 2 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed for a career in quantity surveying.

FULL-TIME - 2 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: February
Madras Street
Trades Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Construction Management)

Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed for a career in construction management.

FULL-TIME - 2 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: February
Madras Street
Trades Architecture and Construction Management

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design

Gain foundational digital experience for employment or further studies in the creative industries.

FULL-TIME - 20 Weeks
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
Art and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

Gain foundational hands-on experience for employment or further studies in the creative industries.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Art and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion

Learn the skills needed to meet fashion industry expectations and explore your design aspirations.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Art and Design

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

Enhance your skills to establish yourself as a creative professional.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

Channel your imagination and creativity towards a career in the dynamic field of motion design.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

Prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Hone your creative talents to become a versatile design professional.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design)

Establish a name for yourself in the fashion industry by combining your flair, creativity and passion with professional expertise and technical skills

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

The International learning pathway into this programme can be seen here.

Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Complement your degree with accountancy skills and experience applicable to many business situations and commercial pursuits.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Complement your existing degree and advance your career in management by tailoring this graduate qualification to meet your specific needs.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

Acquire the skills and knowledge to keep up with the latest innovative business systems and advances in technology.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Business Transformation and Change

Learn how to guide companies through transformations required to address commercial challenges and opportunities.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Event Management

Develop a high degree of event management finesse and nurture your talent for an exciting career in a dynamic industry.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Business

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Learn how to foster smooth employee/employer relations and gain skills essential for maintaining a satisfied and effective workforce.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Sales

Gain theory and practical experience in the art of generating sales in today's competitive marketplace.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

Use your strong organisational skills and advance your appreciation of the procedures required to ensure production functions at optimum levels.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Logistics

Acquire the ability to make sound strategic decisions and solve problems in supply chain logistics.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Bachelor of Applied Management

Gain specialist skills to make your mark in business.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Project Management)

Equip yourself with the skills to manage projects on time and within budget.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Business

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

Take a leading role in office administration.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

Gain skills to become a competent business administrator.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks
Starts: July
Madras Street
Business

Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

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

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (Software Development Pathway)

Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (Networking and Infrastructure Pathway)

Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (Information Systems Pathway)

Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design

Master the technical and creative skills required to plan, develop and maintain websites.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support

Develop a broad range of technical support and networking skills.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials

Gain a broad range of computing skills to set you on a path to a career in IT.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Digital Technologies

The International learning pathway into this programme can be seen here.

Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology

Expand on your science knowledge and skills for a career as a laboratory technician.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Animal and Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion)

Help enhance health and reduce inequities in the community.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)

Gain an in-depth understanding of nutrition and the dietary influences that impact on the health of individuals.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Develop the practical skills and expertise needed to work in a wide range of sports, health and exercise science fields.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

Gain in-demand skills for the fast-evolving commercial science and science laboratory sectors.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Become skilled in a rapidly changing profession and enjoy a rewarding career working with animals and their owners.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with Veterinary Nursing Assistant Strand

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective part of the veterinary team, assisting veterinarians and veterinary nurses in clinical practice.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Animal and Laboratory Science

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management with Companion Animal Strand

Match your passion for animals with the skills and knowledge to work in the diverse and rewarding field of animal care.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year
Animal and Laboratory Science

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