The Writing Major Program

How to Apply

Application Requirements to the Department of Writing program:

    • First-time applicants to the University of Victoria apply through My UVic Application for first-time applicants
    • Current students (students currently registered in at least one credited course between September and April of the current academic year) apply through My UVic Application by signing in with your NetLink ID and Passphrase
    • Returning students (students who have completed at least one credited course at UVic, but who are not registered in a credited course between September and April of the current academic year) apply through My UVic Application by signing in with your NetLink ID and Passphrase.

    UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT, MARCH 31

    NOTE: If students miss the March 31st deadline or do not make the cutoff for admissions to Writing, they can still take WRIT 100 and other WRIT lecture courses in the upcoming Winter session, while still in their current program, in preparation for applying to the next September entry point. Everyone can take WRIT 100 if there are seats available for registration after it is opened to non majors.   

    Entry from high school

    Gain admittance to the University, declare yourself a Writing Major (or Writing as your first area of interest) in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and register in WRIT 100 during the designated registration period. No portfolio is required.

    Transfer in...

    ...from another accredited institution as a first- or second-year student:
    No portfolio is required from students entering UVic at this level unless you are seeking advanced standing in writing workshops.

    ...from another accredited institution as a third- or fourth-year student:
    If you choose not to take WRIT 100, you MUST submit an Advanced Standing portfolio between January 15 and April 15 in the year in which you want September entry. Advanced Standing does not guarantee placement in workshops. No student will be permitted to take more than 1.5 units of workshops in a single genre per term, or more than 3.0 units of workshops in any given term.

    ...as a Second Degree Candidate:
    You MUST submit an Advanced Standing portfolio unless you wish to begin the program at the WRIT 100 level.

    Any students proposing to transfer into the Writing Program should be aware that entry into Writing courses is on a first-come, first-serve basis and, because workshops are small, courses are not always available to all who desire them.

    Students are advised to check the deadlines and grade requirements before registering in Professional Writing courses.
       

     


    Program Admissions

    Applicants from Other Institutions

    WRIT 100 is the Writing program’s foundation course and we urge all students to take it, including those who have taken writing classes at other institutions.

    Transfer students with a minimum of 12 transferable units may be given permission to apply for courses at the appropriate level, provided they satisfy the Department’s standard with the submission of a portfolio of written work, a list of relevant courses completed, and a letter outlining their suitability. The letter should also indicate the specific genre(s) the student hopes to pursue. Only portfolios received between January 15 and April 15 will be considered.

    The portfolio will be assessed in accordance with WRIT 100 standards; that is, it must demonstrate work at a minimum B (70-74) level and must be in all four genres (see our grading grid).

    Advanced Standing does not guarantee placement in workshops. No student will be permitted to take more than 1.5 units of workshops in a single genre per term, or more than 3.0 units of workshops in any given term.

    Applicants for a Second Degree

    Students are permitted to enter the program to work towards a second degree: BFA or BA. A minimum of 30.0 units, approximately two years of further study, is required. Applicants who cannot produce a portfolio of sufficient quality to allow them entry into a third-year workshop may require three or four years to complete their program (see "A Second Bachelor's Degree," page 23 in the UVic calendar). Under exceptional circumstances, publications may allow second-degree candidates to apply for Advanced Standing in one or two genres; your letter should indicate preferred genre(s). Only portfolios received between January 15 and March 31 each year will be considered. No student will be permitted to take more than 1.5 units of workshops in a single genre per term, or more than 3.0 units of workshops in any given term.

    Admission to Specific Courses

    Although the programs offered by the Writing Department are mainly intended for students who have shown some ability as writers, a number of lecture courses are also included which may be of interest and value to all students.

    Since the number of candidates who meet the minimum requirements for eligibility exceeds the places available, students should understand that eligibility does not guarantee them admission into specific courses or programs in Writing. To gain entry into courses, students must be prepared to meet Departmental attendance regulations and pay any fees or fines that may affect university standing. They must not be over-enrolled. Students are advised that they are responsible for dropping courses they no longer wish to attend.

    Second, Third and Fourth-Year Workshops

    Students in the Professional Writing Minor Program require a grade of B or higher in the appropriate prerequisite to advance. These are minimal standards and do not guarantee admission.

    No student will be permitted to take more than 6 units of workshops (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting) in any given year or more than 3 units in any given term. Special and Directed Studies courses are designed for those teaching situations which cannot be covered in regular workshops. No writing projects which might be covered in a regular workshop will be permitted within such special courses.

    Work toward a Double Major

    Students are advised to work toward a Double Major, since failure to maintain high grades in a workshop will normally lead to their being unable to complete a degree in Writing. Without a concentration of courses in a separate discipline, this may lead to a delay in graduating.

    If at least 9 units of electives are chosen from courses offered by other departments within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the degree awarded may be either the BFA or the BA of the Faculty of Fine Arts. If fewer than 9 units of electives from the Faculty of Fine Arts are chosen, the degree awarded will be the BA of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

    Interfaculty Double Major

    A Fine Arts student majoring in Writing may concurrently satisfy the requirements for the Major Program of a department in the Faculties of Humanities, Science or Social Sciences. Conversely, a student pursuing a Major Program for the BA degree within the Faculties of Humanities, Science or Social Sciences may concurrently satisfy the requirements for the Major Program of the Department of Writing as approved for the Faculty of Fine Arts. Only one BA degree with a Double Major will be awarded on the recommendation of the faculty in which the student is registered.

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