Creative Writing and Literature Degree FAQ’s

Creative Writing and Literature Degree FAQ’s


At SFUAD, theory and practice work together. As a Creative Writing student, you’ll start honing your reading, writing and revising from the first day of class, while also learning the ins and outs of the industry, participating in professional internship opportunities, and creating a portfolio worth showing off – and yes, in this department, your final portfolio is a publication-ready manuscript! Our degree is modeled after an MFA program and students can specialize in two of four genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Screenwriting.

Creative Writing and Literature Degree FAQ’s

Are creative writing degrees worth it?

Yes! All of our Creative Writing faculty are well published authors, and have even released new books within the last year! When we say you’ll get an amazing network and be on a first name basis with your faculty, we mean it. And in the writing world that network is crucial to your success. You’ll be in workshops and literature classes with your professors in groups of 12-16 max. That means not only will your professors get to know you and your work, but they’ll also know how to push you beyond what you thought was your creative limit into whole new territories you never imagined.

“I came to an Open House…and fell in love. It felt right and it was very clear everyone was very good at what they did and could shepherd me in the right direction.” Brandon Brown (‘15), Creative Writing

What can I do with a creative writing degree?

Students who have a Creative Writing degree learn the skills necessary to work across the industry, finding jobs in areas such as: Novelist, Author, Scriptwriter, Journalist, Copywriter, Editor, Marketer, Web Editor, Travel Writer, and Video Game Story Writer to name just a few. Learn more about the careers that will be available to you here!

Are there opportunities for me to publish my work?

Yes, in fact we have our own literary journal, Glyph, published by Santa Fe University of Art and Design Press. Not only will you have opportunities to publish your work, but you can also work as an editor on the press and gain valuable publishing experience. Oh, and did we mention our Creative Writing program is one of the only undergraduate programs in the country where you graduate with a publication ready manuscript?

What does the literature component consist of in the Creative Writing department?

The creative writing literature component consists of 24 credits and is a part of the requirements for earning your degree. You’ll get a strong foundation in literary analysis, and by studying the techniques and methodology of past and modern writers, you enhance the tool box available to your own creativity and writing. We teach everything from Detective, Crime, and Pulp Fiction, Post-War to Punk, Science Fiction to Fantasy, and go all the way back to even Shakespeare.

What’s the difference between SFUAD’s BA in Creative Writing and a traditional BA at another university?

The BA in Creative writing at SFUAD starts when you are a freshman and is modeled after an MFA curriculum. In terms of the competition, when you graduate from our program, you are leagues ahead of the game. You’ll graduate with a publication-ready manuscript and you’ll have spent four years studying your major when most of your peers at other schools didn’t start till they were juniors.

What are the requirements for a Creative Writing degree?

Click below to see detailed major requirements outlining your degree track as a student at SFUAD!

How do I apply to the Creative Writing program?

Students who apply to the photography program will be required to submit an online application, send transcripts, answer four CW summation questions and upload a portfolio and a personal statement in order to be considered for admissions.