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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) (Level 7)
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About the Programme

Hone your Craft for an exciting Career in the Creative Arts
The Bachelor of Creative Arts is a degree level programme offering you the opportunity to specialise in one of three disciplines: Creative Writing, Performing Arts or Visual Arts.

In the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), you will write dramatic imaginative work; with the goal of reaching diverse audiences. You will specialise in your chosen genre and will be encouraged to use both your life experiences and imaginative curiosity as starting-points for new work. Course lecturers are professional and experienced writers who will guide you through the creative writing process and provide constructive feedback. Visits from publishers and writers will expose you to the world of professional creative writing and keep you in touch with the latest industry developments. The degree study programme concludes with an extended writing project.

Programme Information
Programme Code MN4530
Study Method Full time or part time
Qualification MIT Degree
Duration Three years full time.
Applications Applications are welcome at any time
Start Dates February and July
Level 7
Credits 360
Programme Summary

Programme Summary

Students complete the following courses:

  • Creativity I, II and III
  • Writing Fires: Poems and Songs I and II
  • Voices of Pacific Literature
  • The Art of Writing Stories
  • Shorts: Flash Fiction, Poems, Essays and Songs
  • Writing Auckland I and II
  • Writers at Work
  • Moving Fiction I and II
  • Number 8 Wi-Fi: Introduction to digital writing
  • Home Fires: New Zealand Literature
  • Screenwriting (optional)
  • Woven Word: World Literature
  • Capstone Project (Exploration)
  • Capstone Project (Realisation).
Courses
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have at least 42 NCEA credits at Level 3, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two subjects, plus a minimum of 14 credits in one or two subjects and a minimum of 4 credits in reading and a minimum of 4 credits in writing, both at level 2 or equivalent.
    or
  • Have at least 72 NCEA credits at Level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two approved subjects and including 8 credits in reading/writing and including 30 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence or equivalent.
    or
  • Have at least 60 NZQA recognised credits at Level 4 or higher or equivalent.
    or
  • Have relevant work/life experience and be able to demonstrate that they can work/study at a level appropriate to the programme. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis. To support their application applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to study at Level 5 (Year 1) including a file providing evidence of personal life skills and previous activities. Applicants will be invited to an interview. Among attributes an applicant must demonstrate are a mature and positive approach to study, commitment and motivation to degree study.
     and
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Applicants whose first language is not English may be asked for evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent.
    and
  • Submit a portfolio consisting of a five page writing sample of poetry or imaginative prose that demonstrates technical competency and creative ability.
Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 5)
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About the Programme

Write our own ticket for a successful career in Creative writing
The Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 5) will help to improve your writing; enabling you to complete a creative portfolio, work collaboratively in the creative sector, and be able to write material for multiple publications which reach a diverse range of audiences.

You will be supported and encouraged to find and develop material aligned to your own interests and lives, and learn how to shape your writing so it reflects the voice and style of New Zealand, Maori, and/or South Pacific literature.

This programme is taught by some of New Zealand’s mostaccomplished writers, including Professor Witi Ihimaera,Professor Albert Wendt, Associate Professor RobertSullivan, Susan Orr, and Eleanor Catton.

This Diploma programme counts towards the first year of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing).

Programme Information
Programme Code MN4524
Study Method Full time or part time
Qualification MIT Diploma
Duration One year (full-time)
Applications Accepted all year
Start Dates February, May, July and September
Level 5
Credits 120
Programme Summary

Programme Summary

Students complete the following courses:

  • Creativity
  • Writing Fires: Poems and Songs
  • Voices of Pacific Literature
  • The Art of Writing Stories
  • Shorts: Flash Fiction, Poems, Essays and Songs
  • Writing Auckland
  • Writers at Work
  • First Light: Foundations of Creative Writing.

A programme of extra curricular activities will be part ofyour study programme and will include a reading seriesby visiting writers as well as opportunities to publishcreative writing in journals such as Trout.

Courses
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have at least 42 NCEA credits at Level 3, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two subjects, plus a minimum of 14 credits in one or two subjects and a minimum of 4 credits in reading and a minimum of 4 credits in writing, both at level 2 or equivalent.
    or
  • Have at least 72 NCEA credits at Level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two approved subjects and including 8 credits in reading/writing and including 30 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence or equivalent.
    or
  • Have at least 60 NZQA recognised credits at Level 5 or higher or equivalent.
    or
  • Have relevant work/life experience and be able todemonstrate that they can work/study at a levelappropriate to the programme. Each applicant will beconsidered on an individual basis. To support theirapplication applicants will be required to demonstratetheir ability to study at Level 5 (Year 1) including a fileproviding evidence of personal life skills and previousactivities. Applicants will be invited to an interview.Among attributes an applicant must demonstrate are amature and positive approach to study, commitment andmotivation to degree study
    and
  • Have English language competence to undertake thisprogramme which is taught and assessed in English. Anyapplicants whose first language is not English may beasked to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic)score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent
    and
  • Submit a portfolio consisting of a five page writing sample of poetry or imaginative prose that demonstrates technical competency and creative ability.
Foundation Education Programme 1
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About the Programme

Look to the future
If you want to study at diploma or degree level inPerforming Arts, Visual Arts or Creative Writing, thissix-month Certificate will give you the academic skillsyou need.

You will also develop study and self-management skillsin our supportive environment, which encouragesindependence and confidence.

To learn more about the Faculty of Creative Arts, contactthe Faculty on 968 8765 and be a student for a day.

Programme Information
Programme Code MN4360
Study Method One semester
Qualification MIT Certificate
Duration

One semester

Applications Accepted all year
Start Dates February and July
Level 4
Credits 72
Programme Summary

Programme Summary

  • Learning Success -
    Learn the academic and studio skills required to succeed in the Creative Arts
  • Building Skills -
    Extend your creative and academic skills in a series of practical workshops
  • Group Project -
    Develop yours ideas into a finished product using a group approach
  • Elective -
    Your choice. Choose from Creative Writing, Performing Arts or Visual Arts.
Courses
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

No school qualifications are required to enter thisprogramme. Entry is by interview and completion of aplacement assessment.
Applicants must be:

  • Committed to studying
  • Prepared to work hard
  • Know what they want to achieve.

Applicants whose first language is not English may berequired to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic)band score of 6.0 (with no band less then 5.5), orequivalent.

New Student Applicants

Welcome prospective students! The admission office and the faculty look forward to assisting you in finding the best fit for your talents and interests. Individual attention will continue once you enroll thanks to the School of Creative Writing commitment to small class sizes and emphasis on lecturer and peer interaction. All programmes feature lecturers with extensive industry experience with specific skills to enhance the quality of your School of Creative Writing education.

Full-Time or Part-Time Study

Students have a variety of study options to accommodate the busy lives of family, work and study. With full-time or part-time study options available students can choose the best programme for success in their field of study. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students with previous academic and/or professional experience have the opportunity to discuss their portfolio with a faculty adviser who can advise on the appropriate path to their chosen major. Admission counselors are available to address questions regarding transfer credit, admission requirements, housing, financial aid and scholarships. 

Students are already making their mark with their creative writing. Dr Huhana Hickey has a column in the magazine Tu Mai, while Daren Kamali has a first collection of poetry published by Anahera Press, Tales Poems and Songs from the Underwater World, and Munro Te Whata has a book project forthcoming from Little Island Press. Students also have opportunities to showcase their writing in the MIT journal Ika, while others are performing their stories and poems in the Southside Arts Festival.

The School of Creative Writing excels in developing writers. Students who are taking the first step on a creative career will find our degree programme prepares graduates for careers in teaching (with a postgraduate teaching diploma), editing, publishing, and the craft of writing. Students who enter our programme with already established careers will find their professional work is improved by skills acquired here.

Mentoring and Collaboration

At the School of Creative Writing we believe that the mentoring and collaboration our students engage in develops relationships that support our graduates as they begin their careers. These relationships are the key to many successful projects where the skills and friendships that are established over the period of your study become recognised in professional practice.

Witi Ihimaera and Albert Wendt need no introduction as the foremost Maori and Pacific authors. They both currently have multiple book projects. The Parihaka Woman by Witi Ihimaera was recently published by Random House, while The Adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt won the Asia Pacific region Commonwealth Book Prize in 2010. They have mentored many students. Witi focuses on fiction writing, while Albert teaches in the Voices of Pacific Literature course.

In 2012 the School of Creative Writing welcomes fiction author and journalist Sue Orr who was the 2011 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow, and who also has a background in speechwriting.

Robert Sullivan’s background is in poetry, children’s writing, and Pacific writing who once lead the long-established creative writing program at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. 

Work and Study

Many of our students work and manage their family obligations while studying. We understand that work while studying is often necessary and we support our students to find success in all of their endeavors. Students working in writing related fields while studying and often experience a new approach to their work as they develop their skills and experience through study.

Building Relationships in the Arts Industry

Relationships within the writing industry are a vital part of the student experience at the School of Creative Writing. Many of our lecturers are practicing writing in their own right and bring their experience and inspiration into the classroom.

Leading publishers and writers visit the School so that students are aware of new changes in the industry. Writers have careers in a diverse range of creative areas so we provide opportunities to collaborate with students in Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Our affiliated journal Ika provides a vehicle for students’ new work, and also for editorial and publishing experience. At the School of Creative Writing we teach you skills for creative publications, to develop your creative thinking abilities and in doing so open up opportunities in a range of creative career options.

Student Experience Day

Come spend a day at the Faculty of Creative Arts and have a taste of what it is like to study at the School of Creative Writing. Each year we host a group of interested students from local schools on our main campus for an exciting day in Tertiary life. Our faculty and student mentors assist you with a creative project where you use our specialist equipment and facilities and you just might learn something new.

Student for a Day

Anyone is welcome to come to join our classes and become a Student for a Day. Simply contact a Schools Liaison Office or contact the School of Creative Writing directly. We can arrange a time which is suitable for you to attend a real classroom session, have a tour of the campus and speak with the students and staff at the Faculty of Creative Arts.

General Enquiries 

Phone: (+64) 9 968 8780 or 0 800 22 62 62 in New Zealand

Email: creativearts@manukau.ac.nz

Postal Address:
School of Creative Writing, MIT Faculty of Creative Arts
Private Bag 94006, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand 

Street Address:
50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara, Auckland

Faculty Contacts

Robert Sullivan 

Robert Sullivan - Head of School of Creative Writing
Faculty of Creative Arts, Z Block, Room: Z139 / 4
Phone: 9 968 8780 ext. 8439
Email: robert.sullivan@manukau.ac.nz
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Witi Ihimaera - Distinguished Research Fellow
Phone: 9 968 8780 ext. 8489, Room Z135 
Email: witi.ihimaera@manukau.ac.nz
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Sue Orr - Lecturer
Phone: 9 968 8780 ext. 8489, Room Z135 
Email: sue.orr@manukau.ac.nz
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Albert Wendt - Lecturer
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Eleanor Catton- LecturerRead Eleanor's Profile

Anne Kennedy- Lecturer
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Daren Kamali, Poetry Reading,  2011
Daren Kamali, Poetry Reading, 2011
Robert Sullivan, Poetry Reading 2011
Robert Sullivan, Poetry Reading 2011
Huhana Hickey, Poetry Reading 2011
Huhana Hickey, Poetry Reading 2011