Otago Polytechnic

So you've got a degree - now what?

Make yourself more employable in as little as a year*, with an industry focused graduate diploma.

If you have a degree in any subject, check out Otago Polytechnic’s hands-on, industry-focused graduate diplomas. In as little as one year*, you could add a career-friendly qualification to your CV!

Visual Arts
If you would like to develop your fine arts skills to add some practicality and creativity to your CV, this programme offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study, tailored to suit your individual requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

Design (Product, Fashion, Interiors, Communication, Film)
Get ready to play your part in designing the future by complementing your degree with a specialist applied design qualification. Designers work in a broad range of creative areas and your skills will be highly-valued by a variety of companies.

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

We also offer Postgraduate and Masters programmes in Design:

Postgraduate Certificate in Design^

Postgraduate Diploma in Design

Master of Design^

Master of Design Enterprise^

Applied Management (Strategic, Human Resource, Sport, Tourism, Sales andMarketing, Event, Business Transformation and Change, Applied Management)

Prepare for organisational roles by completing an intensive programme of study in a specific area of business management. Gain a sound understanding of applied management organisations and strategies in a range of industries.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Information Technology
If you have great systems and problem-solving skills, an IT career could be perfect.Increase your IT knowledge in interactive media, hardware, programming, databases, communications, business or networks and operating systems and develop your computing skills.

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Applied Science (Physical Conditioning, Performance and Movement Analysis,or Physical Activity, Health and Wellness)
With an industry placement and research project at the core of every specialty,graduates will be industry-trained with specialised key practical and theoretical knowledge in their chosen area. This programme is delivered online, with compulsory block courses.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Specialty)

Sustainable Practice
Examine the social, economic, political and environmental implications of sustainability, and gain the knowledge to promote and implement sustainable leadership in your community and career.

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

Tertiary Education
Gain a formal tertiary teaching qualification through an internship at Otago Polytechnic(the only one of its kind offered in NZ), by using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process to measure your existing experience, or by studying by distance, using online resources and working with an experienced facilitator.

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

Professional Practice
You will undertake a substantial work-based project of value to your employer or wider community which will help you to make a positive change to your personal framework of practice, while becoming more reflective about your own learning.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice


*Entry criteria apply and all graduate diploma pathways are different depending on your background.Talk to us about the best options for you.

^Subject to final approval.