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:

  • editing, publishing, event and festival planning, and grant writing 
  • experience in writing, producing, editing and anthologizing a range of creative works
  • training in information management, archival work, arts management and curatorial knowledge
  • skills developed in various aspects of theatre production and tourism ​

Description of Program

MALA – The MALA program offers internship, research paper, and thesis options, with one to two year durations. The research paper option involves courses, an internship, and a major research paper, and can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The thesis option involves courses, an internship, and a thesis, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.