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Creative Writing (AFA) - 60 credits

Why Choose Creative Writing?

In Normandale’s AFA degree program in Creative Writing, you can refine your writing skills while writing fiction, poetry, screenplays, and memoir. Normandale’s AFA in Creative Writing was the first in Minnesota and is highly respected nationally, with most graduates transferring to creative writing programs at four-year institutions.

Skills Acquired

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In creative writing programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Film and television
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Poetry
  • Short stories

Careers in Creative Writing

Projected Job Growth

According to iseek.org, the job growth rate for authors and writers in the state of Minnesota is 8.5%. There will be a need for about 1,090 new Writers and Authors to meet market demand between 2010 and 2020. This includes demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study Creative Writing typically pursue careers as:

  • College English Language Teachers
  • Editors
  • Writers and Authors

The following link provides additional occupations that professionals who have a background in Creative Writing can pursue (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

This link provides additional occupations that professionals who have a background in Creative Writing can pursue, and information on median salaries in those fields (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

 

Average State Pay

According to iseek.org, the median annual salary for authors and writers in the state of Minnesota is $48,922 ($23.52 per hour).

Description

This AFA degree is a combination of liberal arts general education courses and creative writing courses.

 

Degrees & Certificates in Creative Writing

The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree in Creative Writing is designed for the student who has selected Creative Writing as a career option and intends to transfer to a fine arts baccalaureate program (BA or BFA) in Creative Writing at a four-year institution.

The AFA degree combines creative writing coursework in several genres with the study of literature.

Students who complete this course of study and meet the admission requirements to their selected institution may be eligible to apply for admission with junior standing.

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The AFA is designed to provide the student with a body of work through workshop courses and a capstone project that will assist the student in being accepted into a competitive creative writing program. The student will also work to build his or her resume and portfolio before moving into the professional arena.

The AFA is a combination of liberal arts general education courses and creative writing courses. General education requirements fulfill the creative writing student’s need to develop conceptual and communication skills necessary for successful transfer and completion of a baccalaureate arts degree or a successful professional career.

The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree in Creative Writing is designed for the student who has selected Creative Writing as a career option and intends to transfer to a fine arts baccalaureate program (BA or BFA) in Creative Writing at a four year institution. The AFA degree combines creative writing coursework in several genres with the study of literature. Students who complete this course of study and meet the admission requirements to their selected institution may be eligible to apply for admission with junior standing.

The degree is earned by completing 60 credits, 40 credits of which are to include the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and 20 credits of English course requirements. Careful planning in consultation with counselors and creative writing instructors concerning course sequence, program admission, and transfer institution requirements is essential.

Admission to the Program

  1. A student may indicate interest in admission to the AFA in Creative Writing major by declaring a "Pre-AFA in Creative Writing" major.
  2. To be admitted into the program, students must:
    1. Complete ENGC 1101 with a grade of C or higher - Transferring into their Normandale transcript CLEP exams, or other proof of having met the Goal 1 English requirement.
    2. Submit an application to the Director of the AFA in Creative Writing program, either hard copy or online at submittable.com, with the following materials included:
      - Current contact information
      - A 10-page writing sample (either one document or a combination of documents) that shows evidence of college level writing skills in organization, revision, editing, and proofreading.

Required Courses

Code Title Credits
ENGL 2151 American Literature 2 4
ENGW 2800 AFA Capstone 3

Complete 12 credits from the following courses:

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/MnTC or other degree requirement sections below.

Code Title Credits
ENGW 1111 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENGW 2112 Poetry Writing 3
ENGW 2113 Fiction Writing 3
ENGW 2114 Play and Screen Writing 3
ENGW 2115 Memoir/Non-Fiction Writing 3
ENGW 2900 Topics in Creative Writing 3

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
ENGL 2130 African American Literature 3
ENGL 2133 Native American Literature 3

- One additional ENGL Course numbered over 2100.

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) – 40 credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1
  • Course #2

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1
  • Course #2

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 - met by taking required ENGW course
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC.□ Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)