New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries
Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates


    22 February 2021


    22 February 2021
  • Length

    40 weeks full-time: 34 teaching weeks plus 6 holiday weeks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    $6,086 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees. A Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies.

  • National qualification code

    NZ3408 - New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries (Level 5)

Online programme.

Discover and develop your passion for writing

About the programme

This programme allows students to explore and develop their writing skills as a vocation, with a strong focus on transferable writing skills, using new media and establishing a strong writing CV.

The teaching in this programme is largely experiential and project-focused. From almost day one, you will work, with guidance and support, on local industry-based projects, both in teams and individually, and covering a range of genres.

At the same time, you will be able to pursue your personal aspirations as a writer, whether it is to write the next blockbuster novel, a collection of poems or develop a script for film or a TV series.


  • Study full time (1 year) or part-time
  • This programme uses a blended learning model; majority of the programmes content is available, to enrolled students, online. In some cases, in consultation with your tutor, courses maybe studied remotely
  • Courses in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting run in both semesters. See the full list of courses below to identify in which semester each course is run. All courses ending with an odd number are offered in Semester 1 (DCW501, 503 505, 507 and 509), and all courses ending with an even number (DCW502, 504, 506, 508 and 510) are offered in Semester 2.

Key skills

The following key skills are built into all courses in the programme;

  • The principles in writing for a range of genres
  • Ways of making a career out of writing
  • Writers use of new media.

Graduate outcomes

Graduates of the NMIT Writing for Creative Industries programme now work as writers in various roles in local industry, some as journalists and media writing specialists. Many students have had work published in local and national journals, achieved success in competitions or gone on to have books published. Others have progressed into study in the Master of Creative Writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington, or similar writing programmes.

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