Bachelor of Arts

Creative Writing

Are you sitting on a novel, perhaps a play or screenplay, a swag of short stories, poems, the lyrics to an album, or a graphic novel? The Creative Writing major offers you the opportunity to explore and develop your creative writing capabilities for the page, screen, and spaces in-between.

Your work will range from reflective portfolios to the composition of a sustained literary or multimedia work. Learning takes place in the classroom and alongside an appointed mentor who is a published author.

Structure and content

You will gain an understanding of the issues of style and genre, media, and the demands of readers, editors and publishers. The degree will prepare you for employment in the creative and professional writing industries.

You will develop your own capabilities as a writer, testing your creative ideas in an environment that challenges, critiques and supports you as you go.


Core papers

Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Core papers
165108 iWrite
166109 iReflect
166110 iCommunicate
167100 iResearch

Creative Writing papers
165052 Creative Writing
165107 A Pacific Reader
165110 Reading New Zealand
166101 Language /Desire
166104 Popular Genres
166501 Creative Writing: Voices
166502 Creative Writing: Storylines
167102 New Literatures
167500 Creative Writing Project
916407 Creative Writing: Nga Tuhituhi Māori

If you are interested in further study in creative writing, please visit the Masters in Creative Writing page.

Career opportunities

Writing for the creative and professional writing industries, including:

  • Fiction writing
  • Travel writing
  • Script writing
  • Screen writing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Performance arts
  • Journalism
  • Media writing

Last updated: 23-Jan-2015 2.19pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.