Writing: Undergraduate Overview
As an undergraduate writing student, you will explore writing across genres and in interdisciplinary, hybrid, and hypertextual (nonsequential) modes. The curriculum’s wide breadth encourages you to experiment, investigate the intersections between visual art and language, and explore the material representation, book arts, and performance of texts.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) emphasizes a process-based approach to writing. The core Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Writing curriculum includes:
- Contemporary Practice (first year) sequence
- Two-semester literature survey
- Multigenre writing workshops with topics such as comic books, one-act plays, short stories, and more
- Generative seminars for systematic writing, for example: invented worlds, writing from the body, and literary monsters
- Undergraduate thesis
As a BFA student, you will participate in either or both the BFA thesis exhibition and the BFA in Writing reading. Students also produce independent print and web-based publications and projects.