Short Courses (Writing)

The following credit-bearing Bachelor of Communication courses can also be taken as one-off courses. You will join current communication students in class and undertake assessment projects as applicable.

Once you complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency and at a future date, if your application to join the Bachelor of Communication is successful, you can cross-credit the course to the programme. Each short course is 15 credits at level 5.

Professional Writing

This short course will develop your ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to help you deliver presentations, write proposals and reports that are suitable for a variety of workplace situations.

Fee: $696.15


2014 Dates Duration Day and Time
Location Course Class
24 Feb - 5 Jun 13 weeks Mon, 10.30am - 12.30pm Building 180 Room 1105 COMM5542 1458
Thur, 8.30am – 10.30am Building 180 Room 1105
21 Jul – 30 Oct 13 weeks Mon, 8.30am – 10.30am Building 183 Room 1005 COMM5542 5251
Thurs, 8.30am – 10.30am Building 183 Room 1001

Introduction to Narrative

This practical hands-on short course will develop your ability to produce creative writing in book and article format, including novels, short stories, poetry, biography, and magazine articles. You will be encouraged to write creatively, through the study of selected examples and the development of a personal portfolio.

This is a unique opportunity to study creative writing with Montana Book Award finalist, 2007 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow, and current chair of Te Ha (the Literature Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa), James George.

Fee: $696.15


2014 Dates Duration Day and Time
Course Class
25 Jul - 31 Oct
13 weeks Fri, 10.30am – 3.00pm Building 114 Room 2010 COMM5539


How to apply

  1. Please complete an online application for new students.
  2. Select the Certificate of Proficiency as the programme you are applying for.
  3. On the 'Program' step of the application, click on 'Details' next to the Certificate of Proficiency. In the box next to 'Class Number' enter the 4 digit number for the class you would like to enrol..
  4. Complete the other steps of the application form and click on "Submit Application"

If you need assistance with your application, please see our help page or contact Student Central on 0800 10 95 10 or


More information

For further information please contact Student Central on or 0800 10 95 10 or +64 9 815 2945.

All fees include GST. If there are insufficient numbers registered for a course Unitec reserves the right to postpone or cancel.


Last edited: 03 March 2014  

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