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Hamilton Hall, Room 230
registrar@uarts.edu | 215-717-6420

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Gershman Hall, Suite 207
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Registration Instructions

Complete your Fall 2017 schedule in the Self Service Student Planning tool using the following key as a guide. Please review our Self Service instructions for assistance.

  •  Pink:   Students will self register over the summer
  •  Blue:   Your department has registered students in advance
  • Yellow: Students will work with an Advisor during Orientation to register

First Semester Curriculum - Creative Writing

In their first year, Creative Writing students acquire a working knowledge of the elements of poetry and short fiction. All first year students take two year-long workshops: Introduction to the Contemporary Poem and Introduction to the Contemporary Short Story. Here, students begin learning to read as writers, to critique material productively, and to practice and hone their writing skills by using as models the significant poetry and story collections of the last fifteen years. 

In their first semester, all Creative Writing students will also take The Writing Life, which explores questions about what it means to be a writer, encourages students to reflect on their own creative processes, and introduces Creative Writing majors to the broader writing community in Philadelphia and at UArts.

Creative Writing students will also choose an elective, which may be any 3.0 credit course (or two 1.5 credit courses) with no prerequisites. Advisors will be available during Orientation for assistance finding appropriate electives.


Students will choose a section of their assigned course. Writing Placement Exams have been evaluated and notifications were sent to UArts emails on August 22. The placement email lists the appropriate course for registration, but you will also find your placement listed on the Timeline view under Plan & Schedule in the Student Planning tool.

Below is the first semester curriculum for all new Creative Writing students. By the end of Orientation, your Fall schedule will total 15.0 credits.

 Introduction to Contemporary Poetry I - CRWT*101
 Intro to the Contemporary Short Story I - CRWT*102
 The Writing Life - CRWT*140
Composition - (choose section of assigned course after placement) 
 Electives - (3.0 credits)

First Year Curriculum - Writing for Film + Television

In their first year, Writing for Film + TV students are introduced to the major principles of writing stories for the big, small, and smaller screens: three-act structure, the plotting of dramatic sequences, character development, dramatic conflict, and story setting. They will also participate in hands-on video production projects that will give them a better understanding of how the camera 'sees' what they write.

Upon completion of year one, students will be ready to write more complex scripts in their sophomore writing studio, complete with collaborative workshops and one-on-one story development meetings with the instructor. 

Diane Walsh, WFTV Program Director, will email about fall elective courses to consider for registration. Advisors will also be available during Orientation for assistance finding appropriate electives


All students will register for Composition after an online placement exam in August. Students will be prompted via email to complete their exam on August 1st and will have four days to complete the exam any time between August 1st and 16th. 

Below is the first semester curriculum for all new Writing for Film + Television students. By the end of Orientation, your Fall schedule will total 15.0 credits.

 Introduction to Screenwriting I - WFTV*111
 Storytelling - WFTV*141 (choose section)
 The Art of Cinema - FILM*121 & FILM*121S (choose section) **
Topics: Memorable Characters - WFTV*290 (3.0 credits)    or Electives    
Composition - (choose section of assigned course after placement)

**The Art of Cinema has a companion screening course,designated with an S. Be sure to register for both the lecture and screening section!