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Creative Writing Schools in California

There are 21 California schools offering creative writing programs. In 2010, 666 students graduated from programs at California creative writing schools. 492 of all these students graduated with masters degrees and 155 of all these students graduated with bachelors degrees.

Overview

On average, 640 students graduate from programs in California in creative writing per year. This accounts for around 12% of students who schools in the United States graduate from creative writing programs. Of those, seven students graduated with creative writing certificates, 12 with a degree at the associate's level, 155 with a bachelor's level degree, and 492 with a degree at the master's level.

21 creative writing schools are in this state. Of these, while 13 schools are private, eight schools are public. Tuition at a public creative writing school varies from $5,206 to $11,232, while private creative writing school tuition varies from $11,088 to $41,130.

Average tuition for programs in creative writing is $22,954. While the highest tuition for creative writing programs, which is $41,130 every year, is at Pitzer College, the lowest tuition in this state, which is $5,206 per year, is at San Diego State University.

California schools offer certificates, associates degrees, bachelors degrees, and masters degrees in creative writing.

Creative Writing Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

On average, 640 students graduate from programs in California in creative writing per year. This accounts for around 12% of students who schools in the United States graduate from creative writing programs. Of those, seven students graduated with creative writing certificates, 12 with a degree at the associate's level, 155 with a bachelor's level degree, and 492 with a degree at the master's level.

Creative Writing Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

  • Certificate 2006: 5
  • Certificate 2007: 2
  • Certificate 2008: 4
  • Certificate 2009: 6
  • Certificate 2010: 7
  • Associate 2006: 5
  • Associate 2007: 4
  • Associate 2008: 11
  • Associate 2009: 8
  • Associate 2010: 12
  • Bachelor 2006: 144
  • Bachelor 2007: 170
  • Bachelor 2008: 163
  • Bachelor 2009: 159
  • Bachelor 2010: 155
  • Master 2006: 319
  • Master 2007: 373
  • Master 2008: 437
  • Master 2009: 488
  • Master 2010: 492

Creative Writing Program Availability in California

Schools in this state offer a total of 31 programs in creative writing. Of these programs, close to 45.2% are master's level programs. The remaining programs are certificates and degrees at the bachelors level and the associates level.

Creative Writing Program Availability in California

  • Certificate: 5
  • Associate: 4
  • Bachelor: 8
  • Master: 14

Career Trends

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers — Salary by Percentile

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers — Salary by Percentile

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 35240
  • 25th Percentile: 44840
  • Median: 63310
  • 75th Percentile: 92510
  • 90th Percentile: 166400

Career Trends

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers — Employment Trend

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers — Employment Trend

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 67450
  • Median Salary 2007: 66920
  • Median Salary 2008: 67540
  • Median Salary 2009: 63780
  • Median Salary 2010: 63310
  • Total Employed 2006: 5870
  • Total Employed 2007: 6390
  • Total Employed 2008: 6930
  • Total Employed 2009: 6370
  • Total Employed 2010: 6060

California vs National Creative Writing Employment

California vs National Creative Writing Employment

  • Employed in California: 14.788% (6060)

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1. Saint Marys College of California

1928 Saint Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 631-4000

Saint Marys College of California is a 4-year institution, founded in 1863. This school is in the suburbs of Moraga, California. Students are offered one associates level degree, 56 bachelors level degrees, 20 masters level degrees, and one doctoral level degree by SMC. In 2010, 3,917 students sought degrees from the 71 programs at SMC. It offers subjects including education and allied health. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits it.

2. The University of La Verne

1950 Third St
La Verne, CA 91750-4401
(909) 593-3511x4900

The University of La Verne is in the suburbs of La Verne, California and this school offers one program in creative writing. This school is a 4-year institution. It is the fourth oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in creative writing.

3. Berkeley City College

2050 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-2800

Berkeley City College is in the center of Berkeley. It offers two creative writing programs. More specifically, students are offered one certificate in creative writing by it and one creative writing degree at the associate's level. 6,659 students seek degrees in 42 Berkeley City College programs, overall. It is the fifth largest institution in the state of California offering creative writing.

4. Antioch University - Los Angeles

400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230-7615
(310) 578-1080

Antioch University-Los Angeles is located in the suburbs of Culver City, California. It offers two creative writing programs. Out of those, this school offers students one creative writing certificate and one degree at the master's level in creative writing.

5. The University of Redlands

1200 E. Colton Ave
Redlands, CA 92373-0999
(909) 793-2121

Founded in 1907, the University of Redlands is a 4-year institution. Redlands, which is 1.2 miles from the center of the city, is located in Redlands, CA. Redlands offers five certificates, 41 degrees at the bachelors level, 12 masters level degrees, and one doctoral level degree to students. 4,431 students sought degrees from the 46 programs at this liberal arts college in 2010. It offers subjects such as biology, business management, and counseling. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits this liberal arts college. It is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in California.

6. The Otis College of Art and Design

9045 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045-3505
(800) 527-6847

The Otis College of Art and Design offers one creative writing program and Otis is near Los Angeles, CA. It is a 4-year institution.

7. The California College of the Arts

5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
(510) 594-3600

The California College of the Arts offers two programs in creative writing. Of those, it offers one creative writing degree at the bachelor's level to students and one master's level creative writing degree. CCA, which is near the center of the city, is in Oakland, CA. This college is one of 14 art colleges in California. It is the biggest institution in the state of California offering creative writing in terms of programs.

8. The Dominican University of California

50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298
(415) 457-4440

The Dominican University of California offers one program in creative writing and this school, which is near the center of the city, is in San Rafael, CA. 2,266 students seek degrees in 38 programs at this small school, overall. This school is the third oldest institution in the state of California offering creative writing programs.

9. Pitzer College

1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 621-8000

Pitzer College is located in the suburbs of Claremont, California and it offers one program in creative writing. Pitzer is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in California. It is the fifth largest institution in the state of California offering creative writing in terms of programs.

10. The California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 575-6100

Founded in 1968, the California Institute of Integral Studies is a 4-year institution. It is located in the center of San Francisco. CIIS offers one certificate, one degree at the bachelors level, eight masters level degrees, and five degrees at the doctoral level to students. 1,403 students pursued degrees from the ten programs at CIIS in 2010. This school offers subjects including healthcare administration, clinical psychology, and human resources. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits this school.

11. Claremont Graduate University

150 E Tenth St
Claremont, CA 91711-6160
(909) 621-8000

Claremont Graduate University is located in the suburbs of Claremont, California and it offers one creative writing program. It is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in California. In terms of programs, it is the fifth biggest institution in the state of California offering creative writing.

12. Mills College

5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
(510) 430-2255

Mills College offers one program in creative writing and this school, which is near the heart of downtown, is located in Oakland, CA. 1,589 students seek degrees in 60 programs at Mills, overall.

13. Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Dr
El Cajon, CA 92020-1799
(619) 644-7000

Grossmont College is in the suburbs of El Cajon, California. This college offers two programs in creative writing. More specifically, students are offered one certificate in creative writing by this community college and one creative writing degree at the associate's level. This college is a public 2-year institution. This community college is the fifth oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in creative writing.

14. The College of the Desert

43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8041

The College of the Desert, which is near the center of the city, is in Palm Desert, CA. This college offers two creative writing programs. Of those, this community college offers one certificate in creative writing to students and one associate's level degree in creative writing. 9,993 students pursue degrees in 124 College of the Desert programs, overall. In terms of programs, it is the second biggest institution in the state of California offering creative writing.

15. Holy Names University

3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
(510) 436-1000

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University is a 4-year institution. HNU, which is near the center of the city, is located in Oakland, CA. This school offers students ten certificates, 30 degrees at the bachelors level, and 21 masters level degrees. In 2010, 1,164 students pursued degrees from the 48 programs at HNU. HNU offers subjects such as biology and business writing. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits it.

16. Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
(310) 506-4000

Pepperdine University is located in the suburbs of Malibu, California and it offers one program in creative writing. It is a 4-year institution. It is the eighth oldest institution in the state of California offering creative writing programs.

17. Chapman University

One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6815

Chapman University is in the center of Orange. Chapman offers two programs in creative writing. Of those, Chapman offers one bachelor's level degree in creative writing to students and one creative writing degree at the master's level. Overall, 6,881 students seek degrees in 80 Chapman University programs. It is the sixth oldest institution in the state of California offering creative writing programs.

18. National University

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648

National University is in La Jolla, California, where students can enjoy a rural setting. and this school offers one creative writing program. 16,249 students pursue degrees in 93 programs at this school, overall. It is the sixth biggest institution in the state of California offering creative writing.

19. Notre Dame de Namur University

1500 Ralston Ave
Belmont, CA 94002-1908
(650) 508-3500

Notre Dame de Namur University offers one creative writing program and this school is located in the suburbs of Belmont, California. It is a 4-year institution.

20. The University of California - Irvine

University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-5011

The University of California-Irvine offers one program in creative writing and it is 3.7 miles from the center of the city. This big university is one of 11 institutions with a medical school in California.

21. Long Beach City College

4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808-1706
(562) 938-4111

Long Beach City College is 2.4 miles from the center of the city. It offers two programs in creative writing. More specifically, this community college offers one certificate in creative writing to students and one creative writing degree at the associate's level. This college is a public 2-year institution. It is the fifth largest institution in the state of California offering creative writing in terms of programs.

22. San Jose State University

1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
(408) 924-1000

San Jose State University is 0.8 miles from the center of the city and this university offers one program in creative writing. San Jose State is one of 28 research universities in California. It ranks third in terms of enrollment in the state of California.

23. Foothill College

12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
(650) 949-7777

Founded in 1957, Foothill College is a public 2-year institution. It is located in the suburbs of Los Altos Hills, California. This school offers students 77 certificates and 73 degrees at the associates level. In 2010, 17,474 students sought degrees from the 79 programs at this large school. It offers subjects including healthcare and acting. This school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It is one of 163 public post-secondary institutions in California.

24. The University of California - Riverside

900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827-1012

The University of California-Riverside offers two programs in creative writing. Out of those, this university offers one degree at the bachelor's level in creative writing to students and one degree at the master's level in creative writing. It is 4.1 miles from the heart of downtown. It is one of 28 research universities in California. It is the third biggest institution in the state of California offering creative writing in terms of programs.

25. San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5200

San Diego State University is 6.4 miles from the heart of downtown and this university offers one creative writing program. SDSU is a public, 4-year, research institution. It is the tenth oldest institution in the state of California offering creative writing programs.

26. The University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-5555

The University of San Francisco offers one creative writing program and it is near the heart of downtown. Overall, 9,557 students pursue degrees in 93 programs at USF.

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