New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries
Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries

  • Locations and dates


    26 February 2018
  • Total credits


  • Fees

    $5,750 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees provided on request or application.

  • National qualification code

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

Subject to approval

Discover and develop your passion for writing

Why new is good

The NMIT Writing for Creative Industries programme was first developed in 2012, by well-known author Cliff Fell.

Our programme formed the bases for the 2017 development of the New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing, recognised by NZQA as the standard for Level 5 Creative Writing programmes across New Zealand. 

Find out more about the Tertiary Review of Qualifications in our ‘What the TROQ? Why new is good’ blog post.

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.

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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