Bachelor of Creativity (Writing)

Learn the skills to tell your stories. Graduates go on to become published authors, technical writers, editors and more.

About the course

  • The Bachelor of Creativity (Writing) will help develop your skills to produce a manuscript you can submit to publishers by your final year.
  • We tailor this course around our students' interests with the focus being on the style and area of writing that our students are interested in.
  • You can enrol full-time or part-time at the beginning in year one. In some cases, you can enrol directly into year two or three if you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Programme outline

Year One

Discover where your strengths and interests lie by working in short fiction, script-writing, poetry, and non-fiction.

Year Two

Focus on your selected genre and create a first draft manuscript, working in a workshop environment and with a mentor. Classes during year two are held either one weekend a month, or weekly. You will receive regular ongoing support but will need to be self-motivated.

Year Three

Research and create a major body of work suitable for submission to a publisher or equivalent, working in a workshop environment and with a mentor. Classes during year three are held either one weekend a month or weekly. You will receive regular ongoing support but will need to be self-motivated.

In addition to specialised topics, the Bachelor of Creativity includes both core courses and the option to enrol in electives.


Careers

Graduates from this course will be ready to take up a variety of career options including:

  • Published author
  • Technical writer
  • Editor
  • Writing teacher
  • ESOL teacher
  • Communications
  • Copywriter
  • Publisher
  • Web content manager 

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 3 or equivalent qualification/work experience, or New Zealand Certificate in Creative Writing (Level 4) and evidence of ability based on portfolio and interview.

The programme is suitable for school leavers and recommended secondary school subjects and levels and/or vocational pathways are English, Creative Writing, Social Studies, History, Geography, Media Studies and the Sciences.

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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