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Creative Writing, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Toronto, Canada
OCAD University’s Creative Writing program is a hands-on, studio-based program about writing as artistic creation. Unlike other creative writing programs, you can blend writing with art and design studio classes at Canada’s biggest art and design university.
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Overview

OCAD University’s Creative Writing program combines written, performance and visual expression. You’ll participate in:

  • An online and print journal
  • Symposia, workshops
  • Showcasing and public performances
  • A book, zine and publications fair
  • Field trips to local readings, conferences and festivals
  • A digital and analog writing lab and access to sound studio
  • A reading series featuring established, emerging and student writers
  • Mentorships, as both mentees and later as mentors
  • University slam team
  • A nurturing and supportive emerging literary community
  • Mentorship by faculty

This program is for both new and emerging writers. You’ll become part of a nurturing and supportive literary community. By the end of your degree, you’ll complete a body of work aimed at publication or exhibition to launch your career.

Graduates of this program can work in:

  • Professional writing
  • Journalism
  • Artistic practice
  • Performance art

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    20 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art history
  • English class of your choice
  • Introduction to History and Practice of Creative Writing
  • Research, Reading and Editing for Creative Writers
  • Writing in Community

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    84

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements
  • Portfolio featuring one of these:
    • Up to 5 pages or equivalent poetry, spoken word, and/or hip hop
    • Up to 10 pages prose (fiction, creative nonfiction)
    • Up to 5 pages or equivalent (15 minutes) hybrid or experimental form
    • Up to 15 pages (total) in more than one genre

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27882 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13941 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7262 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3631 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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