The Creative Writing Program offers undergraduate courses that lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. This two-year studio program is taken in years three and four of an undergraduate degree. In this Program, apprentice writers are offered instruction by faculty who work in a variety of literary and dramatic forms.
We do not accept applications for years one and two, however there are many Creative Writing courses open to all UBC students at the 200-and 300-level.
Students who have completed all the degree requirements for a Double Major in Creative Writing and another subject falling within the BA (Bachelor of Arts) program may choose to graduate with either a BFA or a BA.
Students seeking admission to the Major program in Creative Writing should apply by the end of their second year of university. As the number of places in the program is strictly limited, applicants must submit a cover letter and portfolio of their original writing in two different genres for consideration. Admission as a Creative Writing Major is determined solely by review of a manuscript of the student’s writing and cover letter. The submission deadline is at the end of March each year, for classes beginning in September. There is only one application cycle per year.
The students’ original writing comprises the principal text for discussion in all workshop courses. The material must be of high quality and interest, and contain exemplary elements of, as well as attempt new directions in, technique that can be shared and studied. Deadlines and quotas are set to encourage and develop professional discipline. Regular attendance and active participation in workshops is expected. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with instructors.
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDENTS: Interdisciplinary students are welcome to take any 200 and 300 level courses. Those who wish to take 400 level creative writing courses contact the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss their plan of study. Please note that creative writing majors are given priority registration for all 400 level courses and we cannot guarantee there will be spaces left for students outside of the major.
COURSES OPEN TO UBC STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT CREATIVE WRITING MAJORS: All 200 and 300 level Creative Writing courses are open to all students, provided they have the prerequisites. There is no need to apply to take these courses. See our course descriptions for a list of 200 and 300 level courses. We also have a minor program for students wishing to minor in Creative Writing.
Students who are not creative writing majors and wish to take 400 level creative writing courses should contact the Undergraduate Advisor. Please note that creative writing majors are given priority registration for all 400 level courses and there are rarely spaces left for students outside of the major.
MAJORING IN CREATIVE WRITING
Students seeking admission to the Major program in Creative Writing must be in 3rd year standing at UBC (a minimum of 54 credits). Transfer students must have completed 54 transferable credits of courses by May 15th.
The number of places in the program is strictly limited. Applicants submit a cover letter and manuscript, which includes samples of their original writing in two genres for consideration.
Three credits of 200 level Creative Writing, or equivalent, is a prerequisite before entering the Program. Students who transfer from another university/college are permitted to apply for a Major if they have taken a course equivalent to an introductory creative writing course. Special consideration will be given to transfer students whose home institution did not offer a course equivalent for the prerequisite.
Majors must complete 48 upper level credits, 36 of which are in Creative Writing courses numbered 400 or above in workshop courses in four different genres. 200 and 300 level Creative Writing courses do not count as a genre or towards the 36 credits required to fulfill a Major in Creative Writing.
Majors may not enroll in more than 18 credits per year in Creative Writing workshops due to course demands on the student. However, lecture and elective courses, when offered, are permitted in addition to the 18 credits in workshops but do not count towards the 36 credits required to fulfill a Major in Creative Writing.
Majors may not take more than one class in each form per semester. For example, it is not permitted to take two poetry classes in one term.
Creative Writing classes are in high demand. Space is limited. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that all students will get seats in the classes and genres of their choice.
Genres taken in third year may be taken again in fourth year as long as space permits and the credit maximum for the specific course has not been exceeded.
Creative Writing offers a BFA degree. Once accepted into the creative writing major, students eligibility on their SSC account will show as BFA and students should register as such. The exception is students who are double majors. (See below).
Students who double major may choose to graduate with either a BA or a BFA degree, if the other department offers a BA degree. Students who are not double majoring with another department must graduate with a BFA degree. Students who wish to double major should contact the other department for information on how to apply, degree requirements, and deadlines.
HONOURS MAJOR (Under review. No new applicants will be accepted)