Creative Writing BFA

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Creative Writing BFA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    OCAD University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Creative Writing is a studio based program that includes as much hands on practice as it does academic study or critical theory. It also has a unique feature in that you can combine your creative writing education with classes in art and design – it is, after all, located at Canada’s largest art and design institution. 

    You’ll also have many opportunities to gain experience doing commercially viable work in a real world context. Placements are available, as are exhibitions and other means of getting the exposure and working skills you’ll need to forge a successful career. 

    Creative writing is a crowded and competitive field, and you’ll need to find a way to distinguish yourself from the crown to build a well-regarded practice or find a lucrative role. A degree from a well-respected university like the Ontario College of Art and Design can be a big boost to your employability, especially in your early career. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study. 

    Year One Modules Include:

    • Any 2000 level ENGL course
    • Any open electives (FoLASSIS, FOA, FOD)
    • Global Vis & Mat Cult: to 1800
    • Global Vis & Mat Cult: to Pres
    • Research, Reading & Editing
    • Study and Practice of Creative Writing
    • Writer in Community

    Year Two Modules Include:

    • Any ENGL Electives
    • Any HUMN, IVCL, SCTM, SOSC electives
    • Any IVCV, VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM electives
    • Any open electives (FoLASSIS, FOA, FOD)
    • Intro to Spoken Word, Slam & Dub
    • Introduction to Four Genres
    • Language and the Land
    • Nano Publishing

    Year Three Modules Include:

    • Any ENGL Electives
    • Any HUMN, IVCL, SCTM, SOSC electives
    • Any IVCV, VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM electives
    • Any open electives (FoLASSIS, FOA, FOD)
    • Creative Writing-Nonfiction
    • Creative Writing-Poetry
    • Creative Writing-Short Fiction
    • Publications: Editorial
    • Studies in Canadian Literature
    • Ways of Telling-Indigenous Lit

    Year Four Modules Include:

    • Hybrid & Experimental Writing
    • Language and Art
    • Major Project Thesis-Part 1 
    • Major Project Thesis-Part 2 
    • Spoken Word, Dub & Performance 

    Learning And Teaching

    OCAD University’s BFA programs each focus on both practical and academic training. They use many different teaching methods, including lecture based classroom instruction and a great deal of actual writing. You’ll learn to use classic storytelling techniques and how to take advantage of modern technology. You’ll do diligent academic research as well.  

    In addition, you’ll gain real world training opportunities, which can range from experiential learning placements or internships to chances to put your work before the public in different ways. 

    Career Possibilities

    You’ll have many options as to a career once you graduate. Some Creative Writing students opt to continue their education at least long enough to do master’s level work or achieve professional certification in fields like library studies, curation, critical theory or journalism. Some go on the the PhD level, and may eve teach Creative writing at the university level. Others go directly into work, building a practice as performance artists, professional writers or educators. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BFA degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to meet the entrance requirements, as well as submit your portfolio and a statement of intent as well as your official transcripts. 

    All classes are taught in English, unless otherwise specified. International students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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