The Diploma in Interpreting and Translation is aimed at professionals fluent in English and one other language. The programme will provide students with knowledge of and experience in all aspects of general interpreting and translation, and advanced skills in the fields of legal and health interpreting. Graduates will have a broad foundation for developing more advanced interpreting and translation skills.
For online students, the weekly online lecture will be held during office hours, but all tasks and resources are available online 24/7.
Programme code: AK3771
Duration: 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 2 March 2015
AUT University encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.
- An applicant for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS level 7 or higher.
- An applicant whose first language is English must normally have studied their language other than English (LOTE) at tertiary level and successfully completed an AUT language proficiency assessment demonstrating proficiency within public, political and educational domains.
- Each applicant will be required to attend a selection interview and must demonstrate general suitability to be an interpreter.
Requirements for online students:
- All students MUST attend the Online Orientation Day (25 February 2015 if you are a new student) or will not be permitted to study. Overseas applicants may be able to Skype the sessions.
- Hardware: broadband, noise cancelling headset to participate in the virtual classroom. Apple users just need a quiet undisturbed place.
- Software: Java enabled, preferably a recent version.
Structure and content
You must complete 60 points from these papers:
TRIN502 Introduction to Translation
TRIN603 Theory and Practice of Interpreting
TRIN604 Societal Contexts for Interpreting
TRIN601 Translation Skills: Analysis, Appropriateness and Accuracy
Health and Legal — and 30 points from:
TRIN704 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies
TRIN702 Advanced Interpretation Legal Studies
Health and Legal — and 30 points from the following 4 papers:
TRIN708 Advanced Interpretation Legal Interpreting
TRIN703 Advanced Interpretation Legal Translation
TRIN705 Advanced Interpretation Health Interpreting
TRIN706 Advanced Interpretation Health Translation
Graduates will be able to work as translators and interpreters in the two most socially relevant areas of interpreting i.e. health and legal settings.
Legal interpreting opportunities may include work in areas such as Tenancy Services, Customs Department, Disputes Tribunals and the Child, Youth and Family service.
Health interpreting opportunities may include work in areas such as outpatient clinics, emergency departments, mental health settings and counselling.
Possible graduate pathways include:
- Freelance work as translators and/or interpreters working for providers such as LanguageLine nationwide telephone interpreting service.
- Freelance work as interpreters working for government departments such as the Department of Justice, MAF, or area district health boards.
- Staircasing into the Bachelor of Arts with majors in Interpreting, Translation, or English and New Media Studies.