Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

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Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) structure


You may know you have an interest in Creative Writing but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in English, Expressive Arts, Media Studies, History, and Philosophy to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
139.123 Creative Writing

Choose four electives from:

139.139 Intro to English Studies
139.133 Creative Communication
139.104 Drama and Performance
139.142 Imaginary Worlds: Science Fiction and Fantasy
154.120 Transmedia Narrative and Storytelling
154.101 Introduction to Media Studies
172.131 Language and Communication
176.101 The Sociological Imagination

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas via the course search webpage.


Major Requirements

Choose your major courses from the following list. A major consists of at least 9 courses and each course is 15 credits.

Compulsory courses:

139.123 Creative Writing I
139.280 Creative Nonfiction: Creative Writing II
139.380 Starting Your Manuscript: Creative Writing III

Elective 100-level courses:

139.109 Prize Winning Fiction
139.139 Introduction to English Studies

At least one course from:

139.223 Creative Processes
139.224 Making Plays for Theatre
139.225 Writing for Children
139.229 Writing Poetry
139.285 Fiction Writing

At least three courses from:

139.323 Script Writing
139.329 Advanced Fiction Writing
139.333 Creativity in the Community
139.340 The Publishing Project
139.362 Oceanic Literatures of Aoetaroa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa
139.381 Advanced Studies in Creative Writing
139.386 Life Writing

Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

Minor Requirements

A minor consists of 5 courses (75 credits) in Creative Writing, including 139.123; at least one course at 300-level; two courses at 200- or 300-level, and a course at any level from the Creative Writing schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

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