New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 6)

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About this programme

This is the next step after level 5 and it enables you to explore a genre of choice, compose original text, examine and identify the business skills necessary for a self-employed writer, and collaborate on a small project. This qualification is ideal for people who wish to work as professional writers in the creative writing industry, and for those already working in the industry who wish to gain formal recognition for their skills.

NorthTec offers qualifications up to level 7 in applied writing:

This diploma has a team of specialist tutors who cover a range of genres. The team includes Dr Susan Pointon who has over 40 years’ experience in the film industry both here and in the USA, internationally-published author Zana Bell, well-known journalist and author Rae Roadley and leading freelance editor Lesley Marshall.

What you will learn

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with graduates who have a range of specialist writing skills and strategies that enable them to apply professional principles and practices to produce original writing outputs that meet the specific requirements of creative industries (the writing sector, publishing, broadcasting, and digital games and content), businesses and organisations.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical and specialist knowledge of creative writing skills, strategies, and processes to develop and produce original outputs for a selected audience, platform or purpose.

  • Analyse problems and generate solutions, as applicable to the creation of targeted outputs for the creative industries.

  • Work independently or as part of a team to critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

  • Leadership and professional business practice to manage projects/briefs and maintain currency of industry knowledge in order to work within the creative writing industry.

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
6001 - Long Texts 6 15
6002 - Short Fiction 6 15
6003 - Short Non-fiction 6 15
6004 - Creative Writing 6 15
6005 - Online Writing 6 15
6006 - Publishing 6 15
6007 - Editing 6 15
6008 - Becoming Professional 6 15

Entry Requirements

Applicants under the age of 20

  • Successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in Writing for Creative Industries (Level 5) or equivalent.

Applicants 20 years of age and over 

  • A portfolio of work that indicates the applicant is capable of meeting the qualification outcomes.

English language requirements 

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have: 

  • An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), or accepted international equivalence.

Special Entry 

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the full entry requirements, may be granted admission to the Programme on the approval of the Head of Department or delegate if he/she is confident of the applicant’s ability to undertake the Diploma with a reasonable likelihood of success. 

Qualification gained

New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 6) 

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time/Part time


1 year full time

Start Dates

Online: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,100.90

International: Programme not open to international students

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