Creative Writing (BFA)

Statement of Purpose

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Ringling College of Art and Design is a supportive and serious community of writers engaged in a professional program of undergraduate study. Students encounter a range of aesthetics, a global narrative orientation, coursework in historical and contemporary literary forms, craft instruction from practicing writer/teachers, and interaction with visiting authors, scholars, and publishing professionals. Graduates of this program will have the necessary technical competence and fluency with creative practices to succeed in a variety of professional literary endeavors.

Graduates of this BFA program will be versatile critical thinkers and perceptive, able communicators, prepared for the post-graduate job market in positions such as freelance writers, editors, grant writers, eBook authors, proofreaders, copyeditors, publicists, media and marketing associates, freelance reporters, bloggers, and other creative content providers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Story Craft: Apply techniques and knowledge of story generation, execution, and revision to create original works as defined by the areas of: narrative voice, characterization, mood and atmosphere, language and written mechanics, dialogue, story, setting, image, and plot.
  2. Professionalism: Cultivate industry professionalism through knowledge, communication, social dynamics, publishing, good literary citizenship, and self-identification as a writer.
  3. Analysis and Context: Evaluate and apply deep analysis of story contexts and forms as they relate to diverse peoples and cultures.

General Education Curriculum

Liberal Arts

Item #
Title
Credits
Writing Elective  +
3
First Year Gateway Elective  +
3
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Scientific Practices Elective  +
3
Arts and Humanities Elective  +
3
Gender and Sexuality Studies Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
27

General Education

Item #
Title
Credits
General Education Electives  +
3
General Education Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
6

Art and Design History

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3

Program Curriculum

Literature and Media Studies

Choose three (3) courses from Literature and Media Studies (LMST courses in addition to the Liberal Arts requirements). 

Item #
Title
Credits
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
9

Electives

Choose five (5) open elective courses. 

Item #
Title
Credits
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Total credits:
120

Course Sequencing

Concentrations for Creative Writing Majors

A student who majors in Creative Writing can choose to take an optional concentration in one of three areas. Each concentration is detailed below. In addition to the three (3) courses/ 9 credit hours within the concentration, the student must complete their capstone project within the genre of the concentration as well in order to receive the distinction. Students may have only one (1) concentration.

Scriptwriting Concentration

Students who complete the concentration in Scriptwriting will be able to apply techniques and knowledge of story generation, execution, and revision to generate original scripts that are informed by industry standards and practices. 

Choose three (3) of the following courses:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9

Game Writing Concentration

Student who complete the concentration in Game Writing will be able to apply techniques and knowledge of story generation, execution, and revision to generate content for existing or original games that are informed by industry standards and practices.

Choose three (3) of the following courses:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9

Word and Image Concentration

Students who complete the concentration in Word and Image will be able to apply techniques and knowledge of story generation, execution, and revision to create original stories that combine visual and textual elements.

Choose three (3) of the following courses:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9
Item #
Title
Credits
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Writing Elective  +
3
First Year Gateway Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Gender and Sexuality Studies Elective  +
3
Writing Elective  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Writing Elective  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Writing Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Writing Elective  +
3
General Education Elective  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Writing Elective  +
3
General Education Elective  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Overview

Department

Type

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Curriculum Map