Why Take the Career-Focused Creative Writing Degree at Full Sail University
Published on Jul 29, 2022 by Bridgette Cude
How this degree prepares students to broaden their horizons and become more marketable writers.
The Creative Writing bachelor of fine arts at Full Sail University provides a diverse, career-focused education for the modern writer. Courses cover traditional entertainment writing skills like scriptwriting and world-building as well as practical skills in areas like copywriting, marketing, and multimedia.
We spoke with Full Sail's Creative Writing Program Director, Noelani Cornell, and Department Chair and Instructor, Tom Lucas, to talk about what Creative Writing students can expect, what makes our program unique, and why they love it.
Write for entertainment and so much more
Full Sail University is a school known for its degrees in the world of entertainment. When you think of a Full Sail Creative Writing degree, you might first think of screenwriting, game writing, TV writing, and comics. With many classes, students will spend their days workshopping with their peers: having their work read, reading other people's work, and providing feedback.
Courses cover the professional workflows and best practices in these entertainment writing areas, but they also cover a lot more. For example, you'll explore copywriting, copy editing, marketing, and multimedia communication. At the heart of it all is the art of storytelling, whether that's through prose, copy, images, streaming video, social media, and even podcasts.
Make your writing skills more marketable
"We cover almost everything," says Noelani. The program's diversity of writing curriculum is a big differentiator, from entertainment to copywriting, press releases to games, short-term to long-term career options.
"To be a successful professional writer in the 21st century, that means content creation," says Tom. That's why we also teach students to use critical software like Adobe Creative Suite, site publishers like WordPress, and other new media technology to make their portfolio stand out.
At Full Sail, creative writing is not solely focused on literary pursuits. We're eager to show students other avenues in their writing to help them find broader career opportunities at every level. For instance, in professional development seminars, students are encouraged to explore current trends in the writing industry, learn how to connect with a professional mentor, and to create a career strategy map.
Nerd out with a purpose
If you're interested in pursuing a Creative Writing degree because you love science fiction, fantasy, or creating your own fictional world, you're not alone.
Tom says that one of the reasons he enjoys teaching his class, Developing New Worlds, is that he's a big believer in student choice. That means, to a certain extent, students are given the opportunity to determine their course of study – what kind of story they're going to write, the creative voice they'll develop, the type of portfolio they'd like to build – it's all personalized to their own interests and goals. "So, I never quite see the same thing twice," Tom says. "Every student project is unique, and so it's always fresh and interesting."
Plus, he explains, "There's a lot of high nerdery in that class. We get to really nerd out about the things that we love, but with a critical eye, trying to figure out, well, 'Why do people love this stuff so much, and how can I create similar qualities in my own work so that I too can find an audience?' It's nerdery with a purpose."
However, it's important to remember this degree program is about much more than just "nerding out" on your one interest. You'll learn to gather research, organize information, synthesize, and present it. You'll also learn how to broaden your skills in the professional world and make yourself a more marketable writer.