Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing (4 years)

Description

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing is a four-year program that is designed to nurture and guide aspiring student writers in the four major genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama. It will also teach them to write in the special forms of creative writing, like writing for children and young adults, scriptwriting for film and television, speculative fiction, literary journalism, travel writing, food writing, nature writing, and even literary translation. The creative writing classes consist of both lecture sessions, in which literary models (professional examples in the different types and forms of creative writing) will be analyzed, highlighting the effectiveness of their literary techniques and rhetorical strategies; and workshop sessions, in which the creative writing drafts of the students will be critiqued by the professor and their peers. The program also has a strong literature component which will expose students to literature subjects, like Philippine Literary History, The Great Books, Anglo-American Literature, Latin American Literature, etc., that will help them improve their own writing craft, The final intended learning outcome of the entire program is the production of a creative writing thesis in the form of a book-length manuscript of a collection of poems, short stories, CNF pieces, or plays. 

Identity

Thomasian Graduate Attributes

Thomasian Graduate Attributes

The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.

I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner. With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs):

SERVANT LEADER

— Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church and the environment.

— Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life

— Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR

— Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction

— Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics

— Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation

ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE THINKER

— Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions

— Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues

— Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach

LIFELONG LEARNER

— Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development

— Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization

— Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges

Program Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the UST B.A. in Creative Writing program:

PILO 1: The students will have learned the current developments in the discipline of creative writing.

PILO 2: The students will be able to write competently, both in terms of craft and of philosophical/socio-political/moral insights.

PILO 3: The students will have acquired a rich and formal background in literature (particularly Philippine literature and the genre in which they work), which will enable them to articulate their own poetics.

PILO 4: The students will have acquired a broad understanding of the role of creative writing and literature in cultural and social development.

PILO 5: The students will be motivated to become leaders of the literary community, not just in the University but in the larger society.

PILO 6: The students will have a high level of professionalism.

Becoming Part of the Program

Application Period: July to December of each year

Application Website

Release of Results: January 28 of the following year

Application
Fees
Go to THIS PAGE and look for the “Faculty of Arts and Letters” tab for the tuition fees.

Career Opportunities

Journalism
Reporters
Writers
Editors
Copyeditors
Proofreaders

Academic and commercial publishing houses
Proofreaders
Managing directors
Publishers

Television
Researchers
Writers
Production assistants
Program producers
Newscasters

Business companies/ International Agencies
Editors of newsletters, company reports, and speeches
Communication officers.
Freelance writers
Writers of personal biographies, company histories, histories of institutions, municipalities and provinces
“Content writers” – blogs which get sponsors, websites, online publishers
Publicists for personalities
Doing press releases and building media campaigns
Academician in universities and the secondary schools
Facilitators of creative writing workshops in government and private agencies
In some universities, Creative Writing is also considered an effective pre-Law course.

Program Curriculum

Effectivity: A.Y. 2018-2019

There may be minor changes upon the availability of new guidelines.

Program Schedule
Year First Term
(August – December)
Second Term
(January – May)
Special Term
(June – July)
1 / / none
2 / / none
3 / / none
4 / / none
First Year - 2 Terms

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CW 3271 Creative Writing for Beginners 3 0 3
FIL 1 Kontekstuwalisadong Komunikasyon sa Filipino 3 0 3
GE ELEC I Elective I 3 0 3
NSTP 1 National Service Training Program 1 0 0 3
PE 1 PATH-PE 1 2 0 2
PURPCOM Purposive Communication 3 0 3
READ_PH Readings in Philippine History 3 0 3
SPN 1 Spanish 1 – Basic 3 0 3
THY 1 Christian Vision of the Human Person 3 0 3
TOTAL 23 0 26

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CW 3272 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 0 3
FIL 2 Panimulang Pagsasalin 3 0 3 FIL 1
GE ELEC II Elective II 3 0 3
NSTP 2 National Service Training Program 2 0 0 3 NSTP 1
PE 2 PATH-PE 2 2 0 2
SPN 2 Spanish 2 – Intermediate 3 0 3
THY 2 Christian Vision of Marriage and Family 3 0 3 THY 1
UND_SELF Understanding the Self 3 0 3
WOSOCU World Societies and Cultures 3 0 3
TOTAL 23 0 26

 

Second Year - 2 Terms

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CONTEM_W The Contemporary World 3 0 3
CW 3273 Introduction to Poetry 3 0 3
CW 3274 Poetry Workshop 3 0 3
ETHICS Ethics 3 0 3
LIT 1 The Great Works 3 0 3
LIWORIZ Life and Works of Rizal 3 0 3
PE 3 PATH-PE 3 2 0 2
STS Science, Technology, and Society 3 0 0
THY 3 Christian Vision of the Church in Society 3 0 3 THY 1,
THY 2
TOTAL 26 0 26

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
AB 301 Entrepreneurial Mind 3 0 3
CW 3275 Introduction to Fiction 3 0 3
CW 3276 Fiction Workshop 3 0 3
GE ELEC III Elective III 3 0 3
LIT 2 Philippine Literary History 3 0 3
MATH_MW Mathematics in the Modern World 3 0 3
PE 4 PATH-PE 4 2 0 2
THY 4 Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World 3 0 3 THY 1,
THY 2,
THY 3
TOTAL 23 0 23

 

Third Year - 2 Terms

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
ART_APP Art Appreciation 3 0 3
CW 32710 Playwriting Workshop 3 0 3
CW 32711 Shakespeare 3 0 3
CW 32712 Creative Writing Research (Poetics) 3 0 3
CW 3277 Introduction to Nonfiction 3 0 3
CW 3278 Nonfiction Workshop 3 0 3
CW 3279 Introduction to Drama 3 0 3
TOTAL 21 0 21

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CW 32713 Latin American Literature 3 0 3
CW 32714 Anglo-American Literature 3 0 3
CW 32715 Scriptwriting for Film and Television 3 0 3
CW 32716 Writing for Children and Young Adult 3 0 3
CW 32717 Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature 3 0 3
CW 32718 Thesis Writing 1 – Thesis Proposal 2 0 2
CWL 302 Literary Translation 3 0 3
ELE 1 Professional Elective 1 3 0 3
TOTAL 23 0 23

 

Fourth Year - 2 Terms

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CW 32719 Contemporary Philippine Literature 3 0 3
CW 32720 Speculative Fiction 3 0 3
CW 32721 Current Trends in World Literature 3 0 3
CW 32722 Practicum 6 0 6
CW 327223 Thesis Writing 2: Thesis Colloquium 2 0 2
ELE 2 Professional Elective 2 3 0 3
TOTAL 20 0 20

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CW 327224 Seminar in Creative Writing 3 0 3
CW 327225 Teaching of Creative Writing 3 0 3
CW 327226 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3 0 3
CW 327227 Thesis Writing 3: Thesis Defense 2 0 2
ELE 3 Professional Elective 3 3 0 3
ELE 4 Professional Elective 4 3 0 3
TOTAL 17 0 17

 

Policies

Code of Conduct (PPS 1027)

The University of Santo Tomas is the second home of the Thomasian students. Its task is mainly to inform and improve the students’ character, attitude and moral values, as well as to develop their intellectual, physical and psychological fitness. A proper norm of conduct is designed to inculcate these ideals.

Thomasian students are hereby expected, in the exercise of their rights and performance of their obligations, whether inside or outside the campus, to respect and act in accordance with the principles, traditions and ideals that are authentically Filipino and Catholic. They must abide by the rules of conduct and discipline formulated by the University. By faithfully observing such rules, they will internalize and cherish the core values of competence, compassion, and commitment.

This Code of Conduct applies to all students who have officially enrolled and to the students who have not been issued transfer of credentials by UST, nor separated from academic relations within the University.

Thomasian students must always observe the positive values upheld by the University intended to improve their character and attitude, as well as inculcate good behavior and moral self-discipline.

The students must always comply with the following rules at all times, even when they are outside the campus, especially when they are wearing the prescribed uniform of their Faculty/College/Institute/School.

Code of Conduct

Honesty

Students must behave honestly and with integrity in accordance with UST’s Catholic and Dominican teachings which put high premium on the practice of honesty, truth-telling, truth- seeking and truth-doing. They should not engage in any form of dishonesty, directly or indirectly, nor facilitate or aid in the commission of thereof. They should report to the authorities any suspected dishonest activity by any party.

Courtesy

Students must, at all times, be courteous and respectful to others. Courtesy is an act of respect towards another in recognition of the fundamental human dignity. It creates a climate of good will and fellowship.

Diligence

Students must honor their family and the University by being diligent in their studies. They should have a natural thirst for knowledge and view their attendance in the University as an opportunity to learn and grow holistically. They must be punctual; must be present in their classes and participate in school-initiated activities; and must be prepared for their lessons, out-of-class tasks and assessments.

Decency and Modesty

Students must give, at all times, act with proper decorum and etiquette. They shall not engage in indecent or lewd conduct which contrary to the mores of Catholic behavior and morality.

Students shall not use foul, vulgar or rough language in conversations and communications.

The University upholds the sanctity of human life, as well as the sanctity of the conjugal act within marriage. In case of a student gets pregnant out of wedlock, she must inform and seek the help of the SWDC, Guidance Counselor and Father Regent for emotional support, counseling and spiritual direction. To give the student adequate time and space to prepare for her the challenges and responsibility of parenthood and to take care of herself and the child, she will take a leave of absence from school two months before and two months after the delivery of the child.

In case the father of the child is a Thomasian student, he and his parents will be advised to participate in the guidance, counseling and spiritual direction of both students and their child.

 

Good Grooming and Uniform Concerns

Good grooming includes the wearing of the prescribed uniform, the authorized shoes, the ID, the male haircut and other considerations that are similar to these.

THE PRESCRIBED UNIFORMS

There are three classifications of prescribed uniforms. As a general rule, if students are in doubt, they are advised to wear their Type A uniform.

Type A uniform

TYPE A – for regular schooldays and formal University Events (e.g., accreditation, St. Thomas More Lecture, Major Exams)

For Females:

  • Official white blouse with lambda; Official A-line navy blue skirt; Black closed shoes

For Males:

  • Official polo barong; Black slacks (not jeans, not skinny); Plain white undershirt (no big colored prints); black closed shoes (leather is preferred; no rubber shoes)

 

 

TYPE B – worn during:

  • First Term: as announced (only for 2nd year and higher levels)
  • Second to Third Terms: from the day after Ash Wednesday until the end of the term (for all levels)

 

  • Official Type B shirt of the Faculty of Arts and Letters; Prescribed Jeans; Closed Shoes

 

TYPE C – Tiger Day Attire – worn on days specified by the Office of the Secretary-General

  • Black / Yellow / White / Combination of Black, Yellow, White / Tigerprint Shirt or Blouse; Prescribed Jeans; Closed Shoes
  • If the Tiger Day is specifically announced as Yellow Day, students are to wear a yellow shirt.

 

CIVILIAN ATTIRE

Given the implementation of online learning, students are reminded to wear modest clothes during Online Sessions.

The following are generally not allowed:

  • micro-mini skirts (three inches or more from the kneecaps); short shorts; cycling pants; tube; sleeveless; plunging neckline / see-though blouses; halter tops; backless tops; tank tops; leggings; sandos; sleeveless jerseys; slippers

 

Hair Style / Hair Color

Students’ hair style should be clean, combed, and neatly trimmed or fixed. Unconventional hair colors are not permitted. Male students are not allowed to sport long hair. Hair should not touch the collar or neckline of the uniform. The use of hairpins, pony tails, headbands, and the like by male students is likewise not allowed.

In compliance with Memorandum S006-00-ME21 (AY 2019-2020) released by the Office of the Secretary-General, manifesting the clarification on the item stipulated in the Student Handbook 2018, Item 4 (which discusses about hair style/ color under the heading Good Grooming of the PPS 1027 Code of Conduct), specifically on the term unconventional hair colors, all are enjoined, as necessary to limit their hair color to the following color spectrum: from Level 1 (Darkest Black) to Level 5 (Dark Brown).

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In particular cases when there is a need for a different hair color, for purposes of employment, theatrical plays, and other school-related requirements, a permit must be secured from the Office of the Student Welfare and Development Council.

Upon submission of the necessary requirements, the student will be issued a temporary pass which contains, among others, the period that he/she is allowed to have the hair color that is not within the above-mentioned spectrum.

 

TATTOO / BODY PIERCINGS / EARRINGS

Tattoo and unusual body piercing are strictly prohibited. Male students are not allowed to wear earrings and other accessories ordinarily used by females.

 

Identification Card

Students must wear the official University identification card at all times within the University premises. Loss of the identification card must be reported immediately to the local Student Welfare and Development Coordinator (SWDC).

Camaraderie and Student Organizations

The students shall join or form only student organizations whose objectives uphold the vision and mission of the University. Students shall join only organizations duly recognized by the University.The students shall join or form only student organizations whose objectives uphold the vision and mission of the University. Students shall join only organizations duly recognized by the University.

University-wide Fraternities/Sororities are prohibited from recruiting high school students and first-year students in the undergraduate programs. Fraternities and sororities of the Faculty of Civil Law and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery are prohibited from recruiting members from students in the undergraduate program(s).

Duly recognized organizations may recruit members only during the period as prescribed by the OSA for the university wide or the Dean’s office of the College/Faculty/Institute for college-based organization.  Duly recognized organizations may recruit members only during the period as prescribed by the OSA for the university wide or the Dean’s office of the College/Faculty/Institute for college-based organization.

Parents/guardians shall be informed by the organization through its adviser about participation of his/her child/ward in fraternities/sororities.

Every student organization must submit the required application paper for recognition (Refer to the Student Organization Handbook) and financial statements prepared by the organization’s treasure and auditor certified by the faculty adviser of the organization, endorsed by the Dean/Director, and Regent.

Only duly recognized student organizations may organize and/or engage in any approved group activity. The organization should follow the University’s policies on Approval of Student Activities.

Students shall not use the name “University of Santo Tomas,” its seal and official logo, in any activity (i.e. fair, seminar, field trip, tour, contract, announcement, etc.) or on any manufactured item, unless duly authorized by the Office of the Secretary-General. Students shall not use the name “University of Santo Tomas,” its seal and official logo, in any activity (i.e. fair, seminar, field trip, tour, contract, announcement, etc.) or on any manufactured item, unless duly authorized by the Office of the Secretary-General.

Organizations are prohibited from engaging in hazing (any physical or psychological suffering, harm or injury) inflicted on a recruit, member, neophyte or applicant for admission or continuing membership into the fraternity, sorority or organization.

Only duly recognized student organizations may post announcements at designated bulletin boards within the premises of their respective faculties/colleges/institutes/schools subject to the approval of the Dean and Regent. However, the approval of the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) should be obtained for posters, streamers, signboards that will be displayed or put up only at designated bulletin boards within the University premises.

Only duly recognized student organizations may use the faculties of the University but only upon prior approval of the OSA, Office of the Dean/Director, Facilities Management Office (FMO) as the case may be.Only duly recognized student organizations may use the faculties of the University but only upon prior approval of the OSA, Office of the Dean/Director, Facilities Management Office (FMO) as the case may be.

An organization shall not be allowed to operate nor join any activity, including freshmen orientation, after the expiration of its recognition.

Organization(s)/officer(s)/member(s) with on-going administrative case(s) or with penalties of suspension to expulsion shall not be allowed to take part in any organization related activity.

Peace and Order

Peace and Order

Students must give due regard to the rules and regulations formulated and implemented by the University authorities to ensure that peace and order may prevail.

Student shall not impede, obstruct, prevent or defeat the right of a faculty member to teach his/her course or the right to attend his/her classes or any official activity.

Students shall behave properly at all times, refrain from making unnecessary noise and avoid loitering along corridors especially when classes are on-going. Students are allowed, when necessary, to stay in the campus only until 9:30 p.m. except during University activities.

Students shall observe University traffic rules and regulations.

Students are prohibited from using electronic and communication devices during regular class hours and most especially during examinations unless authorized by the faculty member. Students are prohibited from using electronic and communication devices during regular class hours and most especially during examinations unless authorized by the faculty member.

Students shall not bring, carry or possess any deadly weapon/s inside or outside the campus; shall not engage or get involved in any violence; shall not threaten, bully, or inflict physical or psychological harm/suffering/injury on any person whether inside or outside the campus; and in general, shall not commit any illegal act or wrongdoing.

Students shall not use or be in possession of any substance prohibited under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act 2002 (Republic Act 9165). Students shall not use or be in possession of any substance prohibited under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act 2002 (Republic Act 9165).

All first-year students are required to submit themselves to drug testing as a condition precedent for their admission to the University. All other students of higher years may randomly be required to submit themselves to drug testing. Drug testing shall be conducted by the UST Health Service.

Care for the Environment

Students must actively participate in keeping the campus clean and in preventing pollution or other environment degradation. Thus, they are enjoined to design programs, projects and activities adhering to Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment (Laudato Si).

The leaders or organizers of the student assembly/activity shall be responsible for the upkeep of the venue, before, during and immediately after the event.

For Parents

  • Let children facilitate their own transactions with the University.
  • Let children directly correspond with their professors.
  • Ask your children for updates on the recent circulars released by the University/Faculty.
  • Class suspensions are officially announced by the government or the University through mainstream media sources. (TV, radio, internet).
    • Official Website of UST: http://www.ust.edu.ph
    • Official Facebook Account of UST: https://www.facebook.com/UST1611official/
    • Official Twitter Account of UST: @ust1611official
  • Request your child to arrange/schedule our appointments with the Dean’s Office or other University offices on our behalf, and ahead of time. Otherwise, call the Dean’s Office or email local SWDC (swdb.artlets@gmail.com).
  • Let us help each other in teaching our children to become responsible adults.