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Master of Applied Literary Arts


Master of Applied Literary Arts

The Master of Applied Literary Arts is the first of its kind in Canada that combines academic studies with professional skills training in a flexible and experiential manner.

There is a demand for qualified arts professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador. MALA will prepare graduates for a wide range of arts-based professions in this province and beyond. Graduates will contribute to the creative economy, building on local arts, culture and tourism-based economies, enriching rural communities, disseminating shared history and heritage, decolonizing and diversifying, and giving shape to new cultural traditions.

Relationships with local communities, businesses and cultural actors will take students off campus to collaborate with local and professional artists. This engaged and community-based approach to learning emphasizes experiential opportunities for students.

Graduates of MALA will have expertise in:

  • applied areas of literary studies – e.g. arts management, editing, publishing, copy-editing, production and design, event planning, and grant writing
  • experience in writing, producing, editing and anthologizing a range of creative works
  • training in information management, archival work and curatorial knowledge
  • skills developed in various aspects of film production, theatre production, tourism and business


Applicant qualifications:

  • Students holding a bachelor of arts in English
  • Students holding any major and six courses in English
  • Students with equivalent work or lived experience

Program options:

  • Part-time – for non-traditional learners or working adults
  • One-year major research project
  • Two-year thesis option - to allow international students the opportunity to gain working visas on completion


 For more information, contact Shoshannah Ganz.


Chair, English

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