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Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design

Key information

Level of study:
Graduate
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: February-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Further your expertise to meet the demand for CAD professionals in the architecture, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Our one year qualification will provide the learning to allow you to apply broad knowledge of CAD tools, concepts and practices to provide effective CAD project outcomes. You will complete a combination of courses which provide you with skills and knowledge in:

  • Broad CAD fundamentals
  • Applied practical skills and knowledge
  • CAD system and CAD project management
  • Research and critical analysis

Throughout the year, you will enhance your work readiness through project and problem based learning where you will develop your broad based skills and knowledge in the area of CAD developing processes to ensure that CAD projects are executed effectively.

You will acquire research and evaluation expertise with real world projects where you will work independently and in teams.

You will also use effective written and oral communication for successful CAD outcomes.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this programme you will be able to take on CAD management or leadership roles within an organisation.

Entry criteria

A Bachelor's degree or a Level 7 qualification in a field involving technical design (not including the Diploma in Computer Aided Design Level 6)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements

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.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

SPEAKING – 5.5
READING - 5.5
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING – 5.5

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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