2018-2019 Catalog

Certificate in Professional and Creative Writing (18 units)

The Professional and Creative Writing Certificate Program is designed to expand the skills and knowledge of students interested in writing. The certificate program prepares students for work as writers, editors or teachers, but also for jobs in any field that requires creative thinking and clear expression. ​Drawing on the diverse talents of faculty throughout the campus community, the program offers students intensive, practical experience in writing in their choice of creative genres (poetry, fiction, drama, screenplays, and multimedia) as well as job-oriented courses in professional, technical, and scientific writing.  Students write and revise in intensive workshops of limited size and take additional courses in the craft and history of their area of concentration. In addition, students get practical, real-world writing experience through internship programs in the Los Angeles area. 

Upon admission to the program, student must complete 18 units with a grade of C or better in each course selected from the following:

Requirements

A. Prerequisite Courses (3 units)

Select 1 course from the following:

COM 250Newswriting For Media

3

or

ENG 271Introduction to Creative Writing

3

B. Foundation Courses (3-6 units)

Select 1-2 courses from the following:

ENG 325Poetry

3

ENG 326Prose Fiction

3

ENG 327Drama

3

DMA 300Digital Technology, Culture and the Arts

3

C. Elective Courses (9-12 units)

Select 3-4 courses from the following:

ANT 375Ethnographic Methods and Techniques

3 units

ANT 388Anthropological Theories of Behavior

3

ART 335Web Design I

3

ART 346Motion Graphics II

3

BIO 490Senior Project

3

CHS 490Senior Seminar Chicana/o Studies

3

CHS 497Directed Reading

1-3

COM 342Advertising Strategy and Writing

3

COM 346Reporting and Information Gathering

3

COM 352Feature and Critical Writing

3

COM 366Public Relations Writing

2

COM 220Screenwriting I

3

CSC 301Computers And Society

3

ENG 451Advanced Creative Writing

3

SPA 340Practical Spanish for Interpreters and Translators

3

THE 353Playwriting

3

D. Internship Requirement (3 units)

ENG 494Independent Study

1-4