The Writing Major

How to Apply

Writing Program application requirements:

    • First-time applicants to the University of Victoria apply through my UVic application for first-time applicants.
    • Current or returning students apply to the Writing Program through my UVic application by signing in with their NetLink ID and passphrase.

    The undergraduate application deadline: is 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. Although WRIT 100 is open to all UVic students, writing majors get the chance to register before it becomes available to non-majors.   

    Entry from high school

    High school students and graduates must first gain admittance to the university, declare themselves as a writing majors (or choose writing as their first area of interest) in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and register in WRIT 100 during the designated registration period. No portfolio is required.

    Transferring in

    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.

    Students transferring into the writing program from another institution must take WRIT 100 regardless of year, experience, or standing. Those who wish to bypass WRIT 100, must submit an advanced standing portfolio between January 15 and April 15 before they begin classes in the fall. Advanced standing does not guarantee placement in workshop. 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.

       

     


    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 12.0 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. It must demonstrate work at a minimum B (70-74) level and must be in all five 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; students' 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 courses offered by the Department of Writing 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 writing courses. 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 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 6.0 units of workshops (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting) in any given year or more than 3.0 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 9.0 units of electives are chosen from courses offered by other departments within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the degree awarded may be either the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Bachlor of Arts of the Faculty of Fine Arts. If fewer than 9.0 units of electives from the Faculty of Fine Arts are chosen, the degree awarded will be the Bachelor of Arts of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

    Interfaculty Double Major

    A Fine Arts student majoring in writing may concurrently satisfy the requirements for the major of a department in the faculties of humanities, science or social sciences. Conversely, a student pursuing a major program for a degree within the faculties of humanities, science or social sciences may concurrently satisfy the requirements for the major of the Department of Writing as approved for the Faculty of Fine Arts. Only one degree with a double major will be awarded on the recommendation of the faculty in which the student is registered.

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