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What will I learn?

Learn to design and create a great user experience with website interface design. This programme blends IT support and software development with the applied knowledge of website, systems and interface design.

User experience fundamentals for the web

Drawing on the technical skills of the Certificate in Information Technology Technical Support, learn to analyse and test websites and web systems, and use internet design principles to design effective and engaging website interfaces.


  • Apply the theory you learn in a practical web design project using an existing website framework to demonstrate your technical understanding.
  • Also develop skills in user interface design, content and website administration.
  • This programme will ready you to start your career creating websites for business clients.
  • Once you graduate, you can pathway into the second year of the Bachelor of Information Technology.

What will I learn?

In the first six months of this programme you will complete the four courses in the Certificate in Information Technology Technical Support to gain a good grounding in Information Technology.

You will then complete these four courses, specific to the NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design

Application Testing

  • Determine client acceptance requirements and data input and exports from existing system(s).
  • Create, use and document a test plan for a solution to meet client requirements.
  • Plan and implement a testing environment.
  • Produce technical documentation for users and technical staff.

Introduction to Systems analysis and Design

  • Identify and discuss the principles of the systems development life cycle (SDLC).
  • Explain the need for systems analysis and design within the systems development process.
  • Explain the principles of effective IT systems analysis and design and the appropriate application of these in the systems development process.
  • Create and interpret systems design and analysis documentation.
  • Understand the need for and apply software development standards in analysis and design documentation.

Internet Design Principles

  • Describe and discuss the operation of Internet components and the interrelationships between these components.
  • Explain the design principles required for successful Internet web page development for static and dynamic Internet web pages and apply these principles to the design and evaluation of a range of different web pages.
  • Explain the design principles required for successful Internet website development and apply these principles to the design and evaluation of websites.
  • Apply the principles of multi-media development for web.

Framework customisation

  • Select an appropriate framework set for a given brief.
  • Design a website for a particular Framework.
  • Separate content from presentation in the development of a website.
  • Work with groups, roles and permissions.
  • Select and manage a host and domain names.
  • Content types, entities and entity-relationships.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$19,800.00 (US$ 11,383) per year
NZ $240 Student Services Levy
Start date

20 February 2023


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson campus,

322 Hardy Street,


Nelson Central,

7010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have equivalent entry to New Zealand NCEA Level 1 or 2. English language requirements: IELTS: Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18).

For international students

Applicants under 20 years of age

  • Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3
  • A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above

Applicants aged 20 years or above:

No academic qualifications are required. Evidence to support an applicant’s ability to successfully undertake the Programme with a reasonable likelihood of success may be requested.

Other requirements

Students will require access to a recent model computer and a fast internet connection.

English language requirements:

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have:

An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years


A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above.

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the entry requirements may be granted entry to the Programme where they supply evidence to satisfy the Head of Department or delegate of their ability to succeed on the Programme.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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