Antioch University Santa Barbara Launches Professional Writing MFA Program

Low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program to begin December 2016

Feb 24, 2016, 06:00 ET from Antioch University Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), a private, nonprofit undergraduate and graduate institution, will begin its inaugural Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Contemporary Media (MFA) academic program this winter, aimed at developing tomorrow's leaders in professional writing disciplines. AUSB's MFA program is one of the only programs of its kind in the West.

The low-residency, semester-based program has a multi-genre approach to professional writing for traditional and contemporary media, including film, stage, television, adaptation, radio, literary journalism, cultural criticism and interactive game writing. The program will offer students a supportive writing community that encourages innovation and risk. Graduates will be empowered to make unique, creative contributions in their chosen fields.

"AUSB's new MFA program was designed to meet the growing need for professional communicators," said Steve Heller, chair of AUSB and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA programs. "In our rapidly changing economy, professional writing versatility is critical to engage audiences across the media spectrum. AUSB's MFA program will prepare students to become confident, effective communicators by focusing studies in an area of interest while also developing a broader range of writing skills."

The new program consists of 48 academic units distributed across four semesters of instruction. Each semester begins with a five-day residency on the AUSB campus and continues with Antioch University's virtual learning environment for the remainder of the term.

The MFA program will engage the local community and the many well-known writers and artists who call Santa Barbara home. In conjunction with the MFA program, AUSB also launched "The Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series," that examines the work of contemporary writers and artists to inspire students and the community to learn and understand the transformative power of great storytelling.

For more information about the AUSB MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media, visit

About Antioch University Santa Barbara
Antioch University Santa Barbara, a private, nonprofit institution, offers quality liberal arts education to students through its undergraduate and graduate programs. As one of five campuses in the Antioch University system, AUSB strives to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Other Antioch University campuses are located in Los Angeles, Seattle, Keene, New Hampshire, and Yellow Springs, Ohio.  


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