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Creative Expression and Society

The program in Creative Expression and Society features two components: workshop-style courses allow students to develop skills in creative expression and communication, particularly creative writing, while other courses encourage students to analyze the relationship between creative arts and society.

Students choose from among courses focused on fiction, non-fiction, poetry and/or creative expression through music and visual media. Students in this program will also select from courses that explore topics including social innovation; ethics and accountability; the arts and public opinion; reception and interpretation; and censorship and criticism. Students in the Creative Expression and Society Minor will develop their creative skills while studying the interaction between social conditions and creative expression. 

Featured Course | Creative Citizenship, The Here and How

VIC459H1S
Special Topics Seminar
Professor Liz Howard
M 10-12

Creative Citizenship, The Here and How

This course invites you to engage in a multi-generic reading and writing practice guided by texts of considerable social awareness. In the context of literary citizenship, you will explore elements of creative writing broadly understood as story construction, character development, voice and perspective, figurative language, imagery, theme, structure, drafting, and revision. You will examine the social contexts involved in the creation of compelling and original work for an audience. Course work will also consist of informal learning activities, the drafting and revising of short pieces toward a 15-page chapbook, constructive peer feedback and discussion, and an experiential component involving any of the following: community organizations, literary magazines, readings series, or literary festivals.

Applications Link: https://courseapps.vicu.utoronto.ca/secure/StudentHome
Application Deadline:
 August 15, 2022
Prerequisite: 
Completion of 15.0 credits

Distribution Requirements: Humanities, Science, Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Program Contacts

Professor Adam Sol
Program Coordinator
a.sol@utoronto.ca

Chris de Barros
Academic Liaison Officer 
vic.academics@utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

To acquire a Minor in the Creative Expression and Society Program, you'll need to complete a total of 4.0 credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 300+ level. 

Please note:

  • Only 1.0 credit (at most) from the 100 level will be counted towards your total
  • Up to 1.0 credit may be chosen from approved courses offered by other departments (see list of Cognate Courses below) 
Creative Expression Courses

You must complete at least 1.0 credit from the following courses:

VIC191Y1 - Artistic Creation and Public Issues
CRE210H1/IVP210H1 - Holography for 3D Visualization
CRE273H1 - The Body: An Exercise
CRE275H1 - Creative Writing: Short Fiction
CRE276H1 - Writing for the Stage and Screen
CRE279H1 - Creative Non-Fiction
CRE280H1 - Creative Writing: Poetry
CRE282H1 - Emerging Genres in Creative Writing
CRE350Y1 - Creative Writing
CRE370H1 - Music and the Imagination
CRE470H1 - Soundscapes
CRE479H1/Y1 - Fiction: A Master Class
CRE480H1 - Poetry: A Master Class

Social Contexts and Interpretation Courses

You must complete at least 1.0 credit from the following courses:

VIC190Y1 - The Arts and Society
CRE209H1 - How Stories Work
CRE235H1 - Innovation in Society
CRE247H1 - Creativity in the Sciences
CRE270H1 - Listening: A Critical History
CRE271H1 - Reading the Wild
CRE281H1 - Popular Music, Technology, and the Human
CRE335H1 - Ethical Enterprise and Critical Reflection
CRE371H1 - Documenting Reality
CRE372H1 - Reviewing, Reception, and Reading Communities
CRE374H1 - Cultural Encounters: Identity and Transformation in the Arts
MCS223H1 / VIC223Y1 - Signs, Meanings, and Culture
MCS320H1 / VIC320H1/Y1 - Semiotics of Visual Art
MCS373H1 - Materialities of Music

Cognate Courses

You may use (up to a maximum of) 1.0 credit from the following courses towards the 4.0 credits needed for your Creative Expression and Society Minor:

Book and Media Studies

BMS319H1 - Media Ethics

Centre for Indigenous Studies
INS300Y1 - Worldviews, Indigenous Knowledges, and Oral Tradition

Cinema Studies
CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures 1: Art and Industry

Drama
DRM428H1 - Advanced Playwriting

East Asian Studies
EAS349H1 - Soundscapes and Modern China

English

ENG287H1 - The Digital Text
ENG289H1 - Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG388H1 - Creative Writing
ENG389H1/Y1 - Creative Writing

Fine Art History
FAH352H1 - 19th Century Photography
FAH382H1 - Art Writing

Music
MUS211H1 - The World of Popular Music

St. Michael's College
SMC219Y1 - Mass Media in Culture and Society
SMC229H1 - Readers and Readerships
SMC317H1 - Books, Media and Music

Writing and Rhetoric
WRR211H1 - Introduction to Creative Writing
WRR311Y1 - Seminar in Creative Writing
WRR414H1 - Writing for Social Change

Please note:
In the event of discrepancies in program requirements between this website and the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar, the Calendar shall take precedence.