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The Degree of Master of Creative Writing
These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
1. Admission to the Master of Creative Writing requires that the candidate will:
(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and will have:
(b) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average across the 200- and 300-level specialisation courses, or equivalent; or
(c) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's with Honours degree in Creative Writing, Expressive Arts or English, with at least a B grade average for the qualification, or equivalent; or
(d) been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Creative Writing, Expressive Arts or English, with at least a B grade average for the qualification, or equivalent;
and will have:
(e) been selected into the programme on the basis of an assessment of the substance and quality of a portfolio of creative writing prepared by the candidate.
2. Candidates of the Degree of Master of Creative Writing shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:
(a) completion of Part One and Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification;
(b) attendance of a compulsory workshop either on-line or in person.
3. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, candidates admitted under Regulation 1(c) or (d) may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.
4. The Master of Creative Writing is awarded without a specialisation.
5. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Creative Writing may be awarded with distinction or merit.
6. For progression to Part Two of the Master of Creative Writing candidates must have maintained a grade average of at least a B+ over the 60 credits undertaken for Part One.
7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.
8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Arts, should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
9. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.
Schedule for the Master of Creative Writing
Part One (60 credits from)
List A (At least 30 credits from)
139.703 Critical and Creative Research 30 credits
139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing 30 credits
List B (No more than 30 credits from)
139.710 Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing 30 credits
139.724 Literary Revolutions: Romantic and Victorian Literature 30 credits
139.750 Contemporary New Zealand Writers in an International Context 30 credits
139.758 Postcolonial Theory and Writing 30 credits
139.763 Community Theatre 30 credits
139.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits
Part Two (120 credits from)
139.860 Thesis 120 credits
139.861 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
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