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.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

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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.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Workplace experience is an important part of your degree, and the Work Integrated Learning course is the final part of your degree. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice. It's a great way to get industry experience while still being able to get feedback from AUT lecturers, and for many of our students this workplace experience also leads to a job offer.

Recent placements included:

  • Woman’s Day magazine
  • Imersia Ltd
  • Namseoul University

You could also take the Foundations in Research course if you’re considering continuing into postgraduate study.

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Creative writing major courses

If you're majoring in creative writing, this is the main subject area you specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree and consists of seven creative writing-related courses you study throughout your degree (including one 30-point course).

Year 1 courses

Complete two of:

Year 2 courses

Complete the following courses:

Year 3 courses

Complete the following courses:

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  • 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.

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Other majors in the Bachelor of Arts

*This major focuses on New Zealand Sign Language and developing the skills to become a Sign Language interpreter. It doesn’t include the option to include courses from different subjects.

Key features
  • Only major of its kind in New Zealand
  • You’ll be mentored by a published author
  • Workplace experience in your final semester
  • Option to include subjects from across AUT in your degree
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.