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Design Thinking (Minor)

Program title, variable credit min, variable credit max.

9 credit hours must be taken outside of the student's primary major.

Requirement 1 — Complete 1 of 2 Courses

Introduction to Design Thinking

course - Design Thinking 1.5

TECH 112 - Innovation 1.0

Requirement 2 — Complete 9 hours

Design Thinking Practices

course - Museum Projects 3.0

course - Ethnographic Research Design 3.0

course - Applied Anthropology 3.0

course - Ethnographic Field Project - You may take once 3.0v

course - Museum Exhibitns & Progrmmng 3.0

course - Creative Writing 3.0

course - Creating a Good Life 3.0

course - Experience Design 3.0

course - Experience Needfinding 3.0

course - Tech. Interface Studies, ID 1 3.0

course - Learning Theories for Design 3.0

course - Design Evaluation 3.0

course - Instruc. Design for Business 3.0

course - User Experience Design 3.0

course - Adv Human-Computer Interaction 3.0

course - Social Impact 3.0

course - Intro to Social Psychology 3.0

course - Introduction to Interiors 3.0

TECH 113 - Startup Bootcamp 1.0

course - Creativity,Engr & Prob Solving 3.0

Requirement 3 — Complete 1 of 13 Courses

Design Thinking Tools

course - Introduction to Photography 3.0

course - Intro to Coding: Desktop Apps 3.0

course - Intro to Print Publishing 3.0

course - Web Publishing 3.0

course - Intermediate Print Publishing 3.0

course - JavaScript Development 3.0

course - Web Information Technologies 3.0

course - Fundamentals of Web-Based IT 2.0

course - Processes Prototyping Wood 3.0

course - Process & Mfg: Metals/Polymers 3.0

course - Video & Photography Production 3.0

course - Visual Communication Design 3.0

Requirement 4 — Complete 1 of 6 Courses

Project: All other program requirements must be completed either before or during the semester in which the project course is taken.

course - Special Topics - You may take once 0.5v

course - Experience Design Lab - You may take once 3.0

course - Product Design for Education - You may take once 3.0

course - Special Topics in IT&C - You may take once 1.0v

course - Topics in Social Impact - You may take once 1.0v

course - Social Impact Internship - You may take once 3.0


Creative Writing

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Creative Writing

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Where to Start

Creative writing offers rewards far more certain than royalty checks and best seller lists.  When starting a career in creative writing, consider these three questions:

What Can I Do Right Now

Don't wait until graduation to start your career as a creative writer. BYU-Idaho provides many opportunities for you to share and improve your writing.


Present your creative works at the various conferences supported by BYU-Idaho:


Get published now. 

Writing Groups

Get feedback on your writing. Start a writing group where you can read and evaluate each other's writing. Attend the Student Writing Retreat , an off-campus writing workshop lead by English Department faculty. 

Every semester the BYU-Idaho English Department hosts literary readings where creative writers share their recent works and answer your questions. Past readings include Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Dunn and Anthony Doerr. See the Event Calendar for upcoming readings. 

Take classes that enrich your writing skills and your content knowledge. Check out the advising page for recommended courses. Check out the advising page for recommended courses. Also, use your elective credits to support your writing goals. Want to write children's literature? Take a children's lit. class, and a child development course might be valuable too. 

How Do I Get Published?

When you consider getting published, you should look at three options. 

To start a making a name for yourself, consider options 2 and 3 as a starting point. Find magazines and journals that best fit your literary genre and style. Research their publication guidelines. Join a writers' group and get feedback from other writers. Research how to write an excellent submission letter. Make sure that you submit your very best work. 

As you enter the publishing world, do your research. Read blogs, read trade magazines, and most of all read excellent literature of all genres. 

Join online communities to let you know more about the world of publishing. This list just illustrates a few of online sources out there:

Better yet. Contribute to an online magazine created by graduates from BYU-Idaho's English Department. Juxtaprose began as passionate BYU-Idaho English majors sought opportunities to share great literature. 

How Do I Earn a Living

Creative writers work in a variety of fields. Until you become the next Brandon Sanderson or Anthony Doerr, you might consider a field that values your skills at narrative, concrete language, and creativity. A documentation supervisor at Microsoft once said, "I'd hire a poet any day. They understand imagery, brevity, and punctuation."

Creative writers make excellent copywriters, web content writers, and journalists. You understand that the story, more than information, engages readers. Learn more about professional writing career opportunities. 

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Creative Writing (MFA)

The English Department, as a part of the College of Humanities, offers graduate study devoted to the development of reading, writing, and thinking abilities derived from studying and producing literary and other texts in English. Students study these works in aesthetic, historical, religious, and other contexts, including the theoretical contexts the faculty members bring to the courses they teach. This program makes intensive use of the library and its resources.

The MA in English program enables students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have application in contemporary society and that are in harmony with the principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The program may appeal to students who plan to enter such careers as teaching, editing, and writing; to those who seek an advanced liberal arts degree for preparation in library science or public service; to those who plan to go on for a doctorate in English or a related area; and to those who wish to continue studies for personal satisfaction.

The MFA in Creative Writing likewise prepares students as scholars and creative writers for careers in teaching and writing. While the MFA in Creative Writing is widely considered a terminal degree, it can also qualify students interested in additional training for a Ph.D. in Creative Writing.

Each year, around 30 students are admitted to graduate study in our department, with approximately 20 students entering our MA in English program and approximately 10 entering our MFA in Creative Writing program. The average duration for both degree programs is two years.

Chair:  Lance E. Larsen Graduate Coordinator:  Paul Westover

Resources & Opportunity:

The Department of English utilizes the Office of Digital Humanities . This center is especially active in the production of teaching and research materials, particularly those that are computer related.

The Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature was established in 1980 to affirm the importance of religious and moral values in the creation and study of imaginative literature. It provides both a focus for activity and an encouragement to teachers, writers, scholars, and readers who believe in a value-centered literary tradition.

The Writing Center is available to assist students and faculty in improving their writing skills. Graduate students benefit particularly from critical evaluations of drafts of seminar papers and theses, and those with advanced writing skills may serve as interns in the center.

Faculty research interests are included in the faculty section following the course descriptions.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, send for a copy of the department’s bulletin.

Financial Assistance:

Financial assistance is available for this program through the English Department and other agencies in the university. The English Department offers tuition awards for all first- and second-year students.

Admitted students are encouraged to apply for instructorships, teaching and research assistantships, editing internships, and other awards that are provided as a financial and learning resource. The university handles federal student loans.


Creative Writing

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Creative Writing

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Graduate Programs

BYU's English Graduate Programs

Brigham Young University offers master's programs for those wanting to pursue a graduate degree in either English or Creative Writing.

English MA graduates produce scholarly work suitable for professional conference presentation, academic publication, and other forms of professional discourse that fit their post-graduate plans.

MFA Creative Writing

Creative Writing MFA graduates produce work suitable for public presentation, publication, and other forms of creative expression that fit their post-graduate plans.

Graduate Handbook

Graduate mentorships.

Each year, the department offers a handful of graduate research and graduate teaching mentorships, contingent upon Graduate School funding and applications from sponsoring faculty members.

MA Travel Form

Mfa travel form, graduate deadlines 2020-21, planned course offerings, 2021-22.

English Graduate Program Manager [email protected] 4198 JFSB Provo, Utah 84602 (801) 422-4939


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The two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program supports 12 graduate students per year and strives to graduate working artists who will continue to demonstrate significant artistic, critical and cultural impacts across a wide array of disciplines. Incoming MFA students are expected to already be deeply engaged in their creative practice and possess technical proficiency in their chosen media. Graduate coursework and independent study are designed to help students develop a critical understanding of their creative work in the multiple contexts of specific localities and global contemporary art. Our graduate students are encouraged to take university-wide and cross-disciplinary courses linked to their research interests, studying and collaborating with faculty and graduate students in areas as diverse as Geography, Environmental Sciences, Classics, Art History, Disability Studies, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Interactive Design, Rhetoric, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature.

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Senior Producer for The Apple Seed (Storytelling Program) - BYU Radio

Full time job.

Position start date: As soon as possible

Location: Provo Campus

Wage/Salary:  $59,500 - $77,000

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled


Education/Experience Minimum required: Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years’ experience in audio production and scriptwriting or other forms of storytelling OR equivalent combination of experience and education

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ work experience in both audio production and scriptwriting or other forms of storytelling

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Radio Program Development / Production

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BYU Radio is looking for an organized, highly motivated, story-driven audio producer and writer to assist in the production of The Apple Seed, BYUradio’s premiere storytelling program, as well as an upcoming spinoff podcast focused on original audio dramas. As Writer/Producer, you would work with a talented and collaborative production team to conceptualize, develop and write episodes, shape and edit the episode's structure, make assignments, and ensure the show is delivering the highest quality storytelling possible. You should be a strong manager, mentor and coach; a kind, creative and deadline-oriented leader; and have experience running narrative podcasts and working collaboratively in a team environment. This position will build on the success of the show and work to integrate different and innovative types of audio storytelling.


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  1. Creative Writing

    With the Creative Writing track, you'll improve your ability to synthesize and analyze, critique and present. You'll become an expert in style and form and genre as you learn to create, revise, and improve your work, and help others to do the same. Coursework: 5 classes/15 credits.

  2. BYU English Department

    Learn More Undergraduate Students Programs include the English major and minor, the English Teaching major and minor, the creative writing minor, and the professional writing & rhetoric minor. Graduate Students

  3. Creative Writing

    Creative Writing MFA Application Deadlines Fall:January 15 Contact Information: 4198 JFSB 801-422-4939 [email protected] Website Program Requirements: Requirements for Degree - MFA in Creative Writing Core: 14 hours Introductory course (ENGL 600): 2 hours Theory course (English 617, to be taken in first year): 3 hours

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    Program Requirements Requirements for Degree - MFA in Creative Writing Core: 14 hours Introductory course (ENGL 600): 2 hours; Theory course (English 617, to be taken in ... BYU Undergraduate 23.0. Five Year Average of Graduated Students. Average Years to Degree 1.89.

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    Requirement 2 — Complete 9 hours. Design Thinking Practices. course - Museum Projects 3.0. course - Ethnographic Research Design 3.0. course - Applied Anthropology 3.0. course - Ethnographic Field Project - You may take once 3.0v. course - Museum Exhibitns & Progrmmng 3.0. course - Creative Writing 3.0. course - Creating a Good Life 3.0.

  6. Creative Writing

    About BYU; Un­der­grad­u­ate Cat­a­log. 2021-2022. Colleges; ... Creative Writing. Minor. Hours: 19 Credit Hours: MAP: Major Academic Plan : Program Requirements. Note: English majors in the creative-writing track cannot also pursue a creative writing minor. English majors in a non-creative-writing track may count up to 9 credits of their ...

  7. Creative Writing

    Every semester the BYU-Idaho English Department hosts literary readings where creative writers share their recent works and answer your questions. Past readings include Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Dunn and Anthony Doerr. See the Event Calendar for upcoming readings. Classes

  8. Creative Writing

    801-422-4939 [email protected] Website Program Requirements: Requirements for Degree - MFA in Creative Writing Core: 14 hours Introductory course (ENGL 600 ): 2 hours Theory course (English 617, to be taken in first year): 3 hours Three writing workshops (ENGL 667, 668, or 669 ): 9 hours Electives: 12 hours

  9. Creative Writing

    WRIT 045 | High School Course. This course guides students in writing fiction by learning and using the elements of creative writing: plot, character development, dialogue, description, scene, transition, and point of view. Two short stories are required.

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    The program is small and selective by design so that students develop meaningful relationships with their cohort and with their mentors among the English Education faculty. Creative Writing (MFA) The BYU Creative Writing MFA is a two-year program requiring 26 hours of coursework and 6 thesis hours.

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    Creative Writing Minor Program Requirements Note: The English Department requires a minimum of 12 hours of course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this minor program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.

  12. Creative Writing

    Note: For non-English major students preparing for BYU's MFA program in creative writing. In addition to completing the Creative Writing minor, non-English major students are strongly encouraged to take Engl 295 and at least one additional 300-level English literature seminar.

  13. Graduate Programs

    Creative Writing MFA graduates produce work suitable for public presentation, publication, and other forms of creative expression that fit their post-graduate plans. Learn More Graduate Handbook 2021-22 Graduate Handbook Graduate Mentorships

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    Creative Writing Creative Writing Minor Program Requirements The English Department requires a minimum of 12 hours of course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this minor program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation. requirement 1Complete 1 option option 1.1Complete 5 groups ENGLISH MAJORS TRACK

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    Radio Program Development / Production. Contribute to all aspects of the creation, production, and development of one or more BYU Radio program(s). Includes, but is not limited to: Write scripts; Organize and help run student/professional writing rooms; Collaborate with and lead student production teams; Deliver finished shows to scheduling