Academic Certificate in Creative Writing

Certificate Information

Academic Plan

AC Creative Writing

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society


This certificate has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Creative Writing program is designed to provide students and professional writers with access to a community of writers and creative writing activities, instruction and guidance from established authors, and ongoing support in improving their writing skills and marketing their work. As students take courses in the program, they will build a portfolio of original work that may be submitted for publication. The program offers classes, workshops, and other activities such as readings and contests, which are accessible to writers of all levels regardless of academic or professional standing. The program aims to serve a diverse community who may be underrepresented in traditional creative writing programs. Completion of the certificate does not lead to a particular degree program, but may aid students in their pursuit of a career in the writing professions and in their continued enjoyment of writing for personal growth.

Admission Criteria

Students who wish to enroll in the Creative Writing program must complete a formal application; contact Program Director.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the aesthetic values and literary styles of diverse eras and cultures.
  2. Evaluate the technical elements and theories of literature across multiple genres.
  3. Interpret the effects of technical craft elements in published literary works.
  4. Explore the dynamic relationships among people, culture, and the physical world.
  5. Demonstrate social responsibility and ethical behavior toward the creation of original works in a culturally diverse world.
  6. Engage the creative process through problem-solving, experimentation, and inspiration to produce original works across multiple genres.
  7. Apply the peer review workshop process to explore, develop, and revise original writing.
  8. Develop one-on-one relationships with creative writing mentors.
  9. Create a portfolio of publication ready work.

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
CRW+++++Any CRW Creative Writing prefixed course not listed under Required Courses area.1-3
ENG235Magazine Article Writing3
ENG/THE260Film Analysis3
ENH+++++Any ENH English Humanities prefixed course3
HUM/THF210Contemporary Cinema3

Free Restricted Electives

Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits

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Major: 6224N
First Term: 2019 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AC
Total Credits: 24
CIPS code: 23.1302
SOC codes: 25-1123, 27-3043.05, 43-9081.00, 27-3041.00, 27-3043.04, 27-3091.00
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - CG, EM, GC, MC, PV, PC, RS, SC
Occupational Area: Not Applicable
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 01/13/2020