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Writing: Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Writing
The BFAW at SAIC emphasizes a process-based approach to writing—one in which students experience writing across genre and in interdisciplinary, hybrid, and hypertextual modes. Our rich, creative curriculum encourages exploration of the many intersections between visual art and language, such as comics, artists’ books, sound art, film and performance.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with an Emphasis in Writing students follow an individualized curricular pathway that allows them to explore a wide range of possibilities for writing and integrating text with the visual arts. Here are the requirements you must meet to earn a BFA with an Emphasis in Writing.
PROFPRAC and CAPSTONE are now required for new incoming students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.
|Total Credit Hours||126|
|Writing Core Curriculum||24|
|General Electives—Studio, Liberal Arts, Art History, and/or BFAW courses||12|
Total credits required for minimum residency: 66
Minimum Writing Studio credit: 42
Core curriculum includes:
- Contemporary Practice (First Year) sequence
- Two-semester Literature Survey
- Beginning and Advanced Writing Workshops that explore process, genre and theme, such as Literary Modes; Walking: A Poetics; and Cabaret.
- Generative Seminars that connect to interdisciplinary fields, such as Engineering Comics; Electronic Writing; and Aloud.
- Undergraduate Thesis Seminar
BFAW students participate in the BFAW Thesis Reading in their final spring semester; those students who demonstrate a visual art practice may also apply to exhibit in the fall semester BFA Thesis Exhibition. BFAW students collaboratively conceptualize, edit and produce an annual publication in the Writing Program’s own BookLab, in addition to producing many other independent print, web and performance-based projects.