University of California - Riverside

Palm Desert Graduate Center

Low Residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


75080 Frank Sinatra Drive

Palm Desert, CA 92211

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The UCR-Palm Desert Low Residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a unique program with a truly commercial focus. It is a professional writing program designed and taught by professional writers for aspiring professional writers, open to the commercial genres—thrillers, science fiction, Hollywood film, and series television—and at the same time open to the wildest kind of experimental, arty, fringy writing. The low-residency model brings students to campus for ten intensive days spent in workshops, lectures, panel discussions and creative advisement, twice a year in fall and spring. Continuing outside residency teaching is accomplished via the latest in technology. Each term encompasses weeks of targeted study, including the ten day residency, where the writers work directly with their professor on their own creative work in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, screenplay, teleplay, or mixed genres. Creative and critical work is submitted and responded to on a regular schedule.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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