Creative Writing Major - Bachelor of Arts

Are you dreaming up a novel, a screenplay, short stories, poems, the lyrics to an album, or a graphic novel? With the Creative Writing major you develop your creative writing skills for the page, screen and spaces in-between.

Explore style and genre, media, and the demands of readers, editors and publishers. You develop your skills as a writer, testing your creative ideas in an environment that challenges, critiques and supports you as you go.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Your work will range from reflective portfolios to a sustained literary or multimedia work. The degree will prepare you for employment in the creative and professional writing industries.

Core papers

All students in the Bachelor of Arts complete core papers that cover effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career. For a list of core papers refer to the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Bachelor of Arts

Creative Writing papers

Papers you could take over your three years of study include:

CWRT501 Creative Writing
ENGL503 A Pacific Reader
ENGL502 Reading New Zealand
ENGL600 Literature/Desire
ENGL602 Popular Genres
CWRT602 Creative Writing: Voices
CWRT603 Creative Writing: Storylines
ENGL701 New Literatures
CWRT700 Creative Writing Project
CWRT601 Creative Writing: Nga Tuhituhi Māori

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (the Work Integrated Learning paper) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

Recent placements included:

  • Woman’s Day magazine
  • Imersia Ltd
  • Namseoul University
  • North & South magazine
  • Social media management
  • Web content management
  • Dramaturgy
  • Fiction writing
  • Journalism
  • Media writing
  • Performance arts
  • Screenwriting
  • Travel writing
  • Gaming narrative designer
  • Virtual and augmented reality content producers

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Creative Writing Careers

Key features
  • Only major of its kind in New Zealand
  • Taught in AUT’s Centre for Creative Writing
  • You’ll be mentored by a published author
  • Workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • Imaginative and resourceful
  • A writer
  • Intrigued by words
  • Expressive

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