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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Arts and Sciences Transfer, Arts and Humanities, Fine Arts, Creative Writing Option, A.A.

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Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A. (code AA.FA.CREAT-WRIT)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 credit hours.

Purpose: Designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop as readers and writers. Prepares students for advanced study in creative writing. Students completing this degree will have developed a portfolio of original work (fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction) for submission to baccalaureate level (BA and/or BFA) writing programs, as well as reputable journals. The comprehensive core of general education courses and specialized courses in creative writing will also prepare students for transfer to programs in related disciplines.

Range of Occupations

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


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General Education Requirements: 31-37 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Must select two different disciplines. See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Technology or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses. CTA 100  or CTA 103  reccomended.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Must select two different disciplines. See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Program Requirements: 23-29 credits

Students should check the requirements of their transfer school before selecting the courses listed below:

Must take a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following:

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement   for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the arts and humanities, biological and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences or health/fitness/wellness general education requirements or elective requirements. See Diversity Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the  AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to Transfer Services

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply a conscious process to writing and revising works in at least three of the following genres: fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, and creative nonfiction.
  • Apply a wide range of stylistic tools and craft techniques to create competent original fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, and/or creative nonfiction.
  • Critically evaluate one’s own and others’ writing in various genres through careful reading and workshopping.
  • Research, identify, and prepare documents for academic and professional avenues in writing fiction, poetry, plays/screenplays, and creative nonfiction, including publication processes and business aspects.
  • Use software to create, format, and otherwise prepare and submit professional documents.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret a broad range of literatures, forms, styles, and works as products of their historical, cultural, philosophical, and/or political landscapes.
  • Develop a personal statement, style, and portfolio for professional and transfer purposes.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

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