Develop your skills in various forms of writing, including short fiction, non-fiction, script-writing and poetry
This programme is being replaced with the Bachelor of Creativity in 2018, currently pending approval.

Programme Overview

If you're serious about writing, the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) will help develop your skills to produce a publishable manuscript by the end of the third year.

You can enrol full-time or part-time in the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) 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 one is offered on campus or online, with classes held between 9.00am and 3.00pm, 4 days per week, with an additional self-directed study day.

The exit qualification from year one is the Diploma in Creative Writing or Diploma in Creative Writing (Online)

Year Two

Focus on your selected genre, and create a first draft manuscript, working in a workshop environment and with a reader. 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.

The exit qualification from year two is the Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced).

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 reader. 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.​


Entry Requirements

Whitireia degree academic entry requirements plus evidence of suitability based on interview and portfolio.

International students

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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