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Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing)

If you're serious about writing, this programme will help you develop your skills in various kinds of writing; including short fiction, non-fiction, script-writing and poetry. LEVEL 7
BACHELOR OF APPLIED ARTS (CREATIVE WRITING):


Overview

Complete a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAppA) majoring in Creative Writing, within the highly regarded Arts Faculty at Whitireia. If you're serious about writing, this degree will help develop your skills to produce a publishable manuscript by the end of year three.

You can enrol for the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing)
  • beginning in year one, full-time
  • beginning in year one, part-time
  • in some cases, beginning directly in year two or three if you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
tutoring by the Gibsonn Group  reading out writing 
 

Outline 

Year one
  • Work in short fiction, scriptwriting, poetry, and non-fiction; and discover where your strengths and interests lie. You can complete this on campus or online.
  • Campus classes for year one of the degree are held between 9.00am and 3.00pm, 4 days per week. One day is a study day.
  • The exit qualification for year one is the Diploma in Creative Writing (on-campus) or Diploma in Creative Writing (online)
  • See the Diploma in Creative Writing (on-campus) or the Diploma in Creative Writing (online) for more information about year one.
Year two
  • Focus on your selected genre, and create a first draft manuscript, working in a workshop environment and with a reader.
  • There are two options for classes - one stream is held one weekend a month and the other is held weekly. You’ll receive regular ongoing support but will need to be self-motivated.
  • The exit qualification for year two is the Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced).
  • See the Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced) for more information about year two.
Year three
  • Research and create a major body of work suitable for submission to a publisher or equivalent, again working in a workshop environment and with a reader.
  • There are two options for classes - one stream is held one weekend a month and the other is held weekly. You’ll receive regular ongoing support but will need to be self-motivated.​
  • See the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing for more information about year three.
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Entry Requirements

Entry to the course is based on an interview and samples of your writing.  These may be a technical report, a collection of poems, a short story, a feature article or the chapter of a novel. Or anything else that shows your writing experience and/or represents you as a writer. You will also need to send in a CV and covering letter.​

Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) need to meet the Whitireia Degree Entry Requirements.

Overseas students must meet the above criteria plus have IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All applicants are interviewed; applicants from outside Wellington may be interviewed by phone/Skype. Interviews are held from late November through to January.

Frequently asked questions

When do applications close?
Applications close at the end of October. Applications received after this time may be considered if places are still available. To apply go to the Information and Enrolment page, and download an application form. For more information click on the ‘ask a question’ button (top right hand column) or phone 0800 944 847.

Who are the tutors?
All tutors are experienced practising writers. See the Staff tab on our home page In addition to the core tutors, you will meet with a number of other practising writers, as guest speakers and mentors.

What are the fees?
Domestic fees for 2017: $5,663 (per year)
International fees for 2017: $19,950 NZD (per year)                                                     

Are there extra course costs on top of fees?
There may be some extra costs for attendance at performances and purchase of books. Allow approx $200.

Where do I get information on Student Allowance and Student Loans?
They are administered through Studylink at the Ministry of Social Development.

Do I have to start at year one if I have already done some writing?
Not necessarily. This diagram will give you an idea of how the different courses fit together. A decision about where to start can be made in discussion with the course coordinator, taking into consideration your writing and life experience. In some circumstances you may be able to cross credit or be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). An RPL application has to be made within six weeks of beginning a course. You need to provide written evidence and pay a fee per module. This can be discussed at your interview.

What can be considered as RPL?
Relevant work experience or study.

Do I need to have my own computer?
No, but it is helpful.

What work will a Bachelor in Applied Arts (Creative Writing) lead to?
Graduates from the Whitireia Writing Programme appear in almost every aspect of New Zealand writing life. Graduates have published and produced over 223 books and scripts. Visit the ‘Career’ tab and ‘News’ tab on our home page for more examples.

What do Level 5/Level 6/Level 7 mean?
They indicate the level of study. Students in their last year at secondary school (year 13) are usually studying at Level 3. The first year of the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) is Level 5, the second year is Level 6, and the last year is Level 7. Post-graduate study is Level 8.

Where is the course held?
At the Whitireia Campus, 15 Dixon St, Central Wellington.


Student experience

A couple of years ago I decided to pursue writing more seriously and while it has been a pretty big change in terms of career it's exciting to have the opportunities that have come my way. I don’t think I could ever have got to this point without the tutoring and mentoring offered on the programme. For me it's a case of getting stuck into the projects I'm working on and continuing to develop the craft of writing. Ness Simons, BAppA and one of the winners of the New Zealand Film Commission’s First Writers’ Initiative

What I've really enjoyed about the last two years of the course is having the freedom to write most of the week rather than being in class, but also having the actual deadlines so the writing has to get done. This is a general comment for anyone who has just come out of Film School or wants to eventually make films - do this course. It’s a great way to both learn to write and make films in your spare time without having to work full time in a non-industry related job. And when you come out of it at the end, you’ve written one or two full features (something you need to have done to apply for Seed Development funding from the New Zealand Film Commission). It can be really hard to actually finish something when you're just starting out; this course has shown us how to get past the various road blocks and get things not only finished, but rewritten to the best they can be. Rebecca Barnes, selected for the Short Film Lab and the Emerging Artists Trust screenwriting workshop 2011, and winner in Radio NZ’s short play competition 2010

Read work by current and former students in the 4th Floor Literary Journal.

Further Information

Overview of Creative Writing Programme

Diploma in Creative Writing [delivered on-campus]

Diploma in Creative Writing [delivered online]

Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced)

Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing

Graduates Active In All Writing Spheres

 

Campus Starts on Duration
Wellington City 2017: 13 February Three years, full-time

Domestic Fees: $5,663 (per year)

International Fees: $19,950 NZD (per year)

 

Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Whitireia degree entry requirements - (see Full Course Details)
Evidence of suitability based on interview and portfolio.

International students

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

Career Opportunities:

 

Many graduates will publish their work in a range of publishing outlets. They may follow the path of the committed writer (novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, writer for children). They may work as communications and technical writers. Graduates will be qualified to move into postgraduate study to become arts educators.

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