writing program

The Writing Program is the foundation of a student’s progression through the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Writing courses develop skills in critical reading, thinking, and analytical writing, with an emphasis on crafting persuasive arguments. The small seminar format of writing program classes allows for close contact with faculty and substantial feedback on writing in progress.

Placement

Based on results of the Writing Placement Exam (WPE) administered at new-student orientation and any transfer or AP credit, students are required to successfully complete the Writing Program courses as stated in their placement letter. Students will be notified by letter of their writing course placement, which will override any previous registration. Students may need to add or drop courses based on their WPE score as specified in the placement letter. All placements are final.

Students with disabilities must have their documentation in place BEFORE the Writing Placement Exam in order to be considered for appropriate accommodations. Some common accommodations for the Writing Placement exam include: a quiet place to take the WPE, use of a computer, and extra time.

Composition Courses

ENGL-90: English Language Support for Artists
Designed to support English as a second language (ESL) speakers in their studies at SFAI. Focuses on academic reading and writing, grammar, and vocabulary development.

ENGL-95: Seeing and Writing
Reading and composition course focused on building a foundation in analytical thinking and writing. ESL students who need further work will also get assistance with English grammar. To be followed by ENGL-100.

ENGL-100: English Composition A (Investigation and Writing)
Composition course focused on analytical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills. To be followed by ENGL-101.

ENGL-101: English Composition B (Nonfiction Writing)
Focused development in writing with an emphasis on analysis, culminating in the submission of a passing Writing Portfolio. Nonfiction Writing students who do not pass the Writing Portfolio may not enroll in Humanities Core A and B (HUMN-200 and HUMN-201) and Critical Theory A and B (CS-300 and CS-301) courses.

ENGL-102: Continuing Practices of Writing
Students with composition transfer credit may be required to enroll in Continuing Practices of Writing based on their Writing Placement Exam score. For these students, Continued Practices of Writing is a prerequisite for enrollment in Humanities Core A and B (HUMN-200 and HUMN-201) and Critical Theory A and B (CS-300 and CS-301) courses. Continuing Practices of Writing is a credit course and may be used to meet a studio elective or liberal arts elective requirement.

Course Placement as a Result of the Writing Placement Exam:

Students with no Transfer Credit

Score WPE ENGL 90 ENGL-95 ENGL-100 ENGL-101 ENGL-102
2 X if ESL X      
3 X if ESL X      
4 X if ESL X      
5   X if ESL X    
6   X if ESL X    
7     X    
8     X    
9     X    
10     WAIVED X  
11     WAIVED X  
12     WAIVED X  

Students with English Composition A Transfer Credit only

Score WPE ENGL 90 ENGL-95 ENGL-100 ENGL-101 ENGL-102
2 X if ESL X *   FOLLOWING ENGL-95  
3 X if ESL X *   FOLLOWING ENGL-95  
4 X if ESL X *   FOLLOWING ENGL-95  
5 X if ESL X *   FOLLOWING ENGL-95  
6     X    
7       X  
8       X  
9       X  
10       X  
11       X  
12       X  

* May go into ENGL-101 upon successful completion of ENGL-95

Regardless of transfer credit, students who speak English as a second language may need an additional semester in ENGL-95 in order to be ready to move on through the Writing Program Sequence.

Students With English Composition A and B Transfer Credit

Score WPE ENGL 90 ENGL-95 ENGL-100 ENGL-101 ENGL-102
2 X if ESL X     X
3 X if ESL X     X
4 X if ESL X     X
5   X     X
6         X
7         X
8         X
9         X
10         HUM A
11         HUM A
12         HUM A

Second-degree Candidates
Second-degree candidates may submit a Writing Portfolio—no more than 15 pages of analytical writing—in lieu of taking the Writing Placement Exam to determine their placement in the Writing Program.