Course details

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

About the course

Live the dream

Do you dream of writing a book or perhaps poetry or a script? Do you require enhanced communicative skills for employment? Our fully online writing diploma programme gives flexibility around busy lives as it lays the foundations for skills and techniques essential for professional writing.

Our highly-qualified tutors are all published writers and by the end of the course you will have an excellent grounding in a variety of genres as well as an overview of the writing scene in Āotearoa, New Zealand.

NorthTec offers qualifications up to level 7 in applied writing:

Our programmes are ideal for people who wish to work independently as writers, for those already working in the creative industries who wish to enhance/upgrade their skills, and for those working in other industries who wish to improve their writing skills to allow higher-level employment.

What you will learn

With this programme, you will learn broad theoretical and technical knowledge and skills relevant to creative and applied writing that will enable you to work in the writing sector, in relation to publishing, broadcasting, performance and digital platforms, and other businesses and organisations.

In this programme you will learn to:

  • Select and apply writing principles and processes (planning, analysis, research, drafting, editing and rewriting) to produce original outputs for specific audiences (print, broadcasting, performance and digital platforms) in the creative industries, and other businesses and organisations.

  • Apply professional, legal and ethical principles in a socially responsible manner to writing practice.

  • Work independently or as part of a team to fulfil customer requirements, meet deadlines, work to a brief and solve problems in order to develop and complete writing projects.

Courses in this programme

Employment pathway

Graduates of this qualification are likely to work as freelance writers, or be employed as technical writers, scriptwriters, writers of website content, educational writers, speech writers, museum writers, newsletter writers and writers of other professional content, and/or as book reviewers.

Admission information

Applicants under the age of 20

  • An example of the applicant’s original creative writing.

  • A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including at least 14 credits in an English-rich subject (e.g. English, history, art history, classics, geography) or equivalent; or

  • Successful completion of a recognised writing foundation programme or equivalent, for example the New Zealand Certificate in Creative Writing (Level 4).

Applicants aged 20 years and over

Evidence that the applicant can successfully achieve the qualification graduate 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 an 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 successfully undertake the Diploma with a reasonable likelihood of success.

Qualification gained

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

About the provider

As Northland’s leading tertiary education provider we offer high quality, relevant and practical education to prepare you or your whānau for further education or your next career move. NorthTec’s programmes are designed to suit students entering study with varying levels of previous study and life experience. Start your life-changing journey towards an internationally-recognised qualification from a state-owned tertiary institution with a great academic reputation.

NorthTec has campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Dargaville and Kaitaia. 

We’re transforming lives right here in Northland so whether you imagine yourself as a chef, a nurse, or dream of getting a job in a trade, check out our over 100 programmes and enrol now for a brighter future.