- Degrees Offered: MALA
- Routes: one-year full time with major research paper and internship; two-year part-time with major research paper and work experience instead of internship; two-year full time with thesis and internship
- Duration (Full-time students): 1-2 years
- Campus: Grenfell
- Application Deadline: February 15 for Fall admission
- Funding: MALA: $11,000
- More funding information
- Tuition (NL students): $635-$1,313/semester
- Tuition (Other Canadian students): $826-$1,707/semester
- Tuition (International students): $1,074-$2,218/semester
Suggested route to completing courses, internship, and major research project or thesis for part-time students and full-time students:
Students should take one course a semester in their first year. It is suggested that students take their required courses first unless there is an elective course of particular interest that will not be offered again during their time of study. The student should take the internship course in the spring term. The student may take an additional course in the spring or summer if one is offered. Otherwise the student should be working on their Major Research Project during the spring and summer terms. In the second year the student should take two electives in the fall and one elective in the winter. The Major Research Project should be submitted by June 16 of the second year in order to graduate on time.
Full-time one-year Major Research Project Route:
Students should take two or three courses in the fall term including the required course and one or two electives. The following term the student should again take the required course and one or two electives. If there is a spring or summer course on offer the students may consider taking two courses in the fall and two in the winter and one in the spring or summer, but it is generally advised to take three courses one term and two in the other term (fall/winter). The student should be completing the internship and working on the major research paper over the course of the fall, winter, and spring terms. The student should submit their short and long proposals for the major research paper by the deadlines in the fall term. The student should take the internship course in the spring. The major research paper should be submitted by June 16 in order to graduate on time.
Full-time two-year Thesis Route:
Students should take two courses in the fall and two courses in the winter. The student may take three courses in one term if they so wish. These should include one required course and one elective each term. The student may take a spring or summer course if this is on offer or the final course in the fall term of the following year. The student should be working on the internship during both years and take the internship course in the spring of their first or second year. The student should be working on their thesis including submitting the short proposal and longer proposal in the fall term of their first year. The thesis should be submitted by June 16 of their final year in order to graduate on time.
Credit Hours and Distribution:
- Master of Applied Literary Arts program requires 27 credit hours for the Major Research Project or 33 credit hours for the Thesis.
- The Major Research Project is 3 credit-hours.
- The Thesis is 3 credit hours.
- For the Major Research Project route and the Thesis route the student will complete two required courses of 3 credit hours each and complete three elective courses of 3 credit hours each.
The Major Research Project route requires the student to complete a 6-credit hour internship supervised by the internship officer, a professor supervising the internship or a community partner. The internship will be discussed and evaluated as part of the internship course in the spring term. The Thesis route requires 12-credit hours of internship completed over the two years of study. The internships in both cases are paid positions and this forms $3000 of the funding package offered to students each year. Part-time students use their work experience in place of the internship, but still take the internship course in the spring term.
The Major Research Project or Thesis will be supervised by one of the professors working in the Master of Applied Literary Arts. These professors are listed below. In some cases, the student will also work with a community partner. This must be completed in the last term of study and submitted by June 16, but shall commence at the beginning of the program of study.
Description of Internship, Major Research Project, and Thesis:
ENGL 6500 Internship (6 credit hours) Students would be paired with individuals working on arts projects as part of the university; individuals or organizations working on arts projects stemming from academic or arts grants; or with existing organizations working in the arts. The internship would be 135 hours for one-year students and 270 hours for two-year students. The internship is a paid position of $3000 in the form of a Graduate Assistantship from the VP graduate and research, Grenfell. The internship would be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. The student should keep a detailed journal and write a descriptive and evaluative paper of 10-12 pages at the end of the internship. The internship will conclude with participation in an internship course in the spring term. In this course the student will write and discuss the internship and participate in an applied project as part of the course. The writing about the internship may be used as part of the final Major Research Paper or Thesis if the student should choose to write their Major Research Paper or Thesis on the internship arts-related project.
Adam Beardsworth is the internship officer. Please see him about your internship interests. You can contact him at email@example.com
ENGL 6501 Major Research Project (6 credit hours) This will be a theoretical exploration and analysis of one of the applied literary projects the student participated in during the course work or internship. This might include any of the event or series of events produced; creative project; edited anthology; or the internship. The art being analysed theoretically in the Major Research Project is thus one of the applied projects produced over the course of the three terms of study. The Major Research Project will be evaluated by the supervisor and one member of the Master of Applied Literary Arts faculty or a faculty member from a cognate discipline and/or a member of the arts community. The Major Research Project should be 35 pages and fulfill the guidelines laid out by the MUN graduate calendar.
ENGL 6502 Thesis (12 credit hours) This will be an in-depth exploration and analysis of one of the applied literary projects the student participated in during the course work or internship. This might include any of the events or series of events produced; creative project; edited anthology; or the internship. The art being analysed theoretically in the Thesis is thus one of the applied projects over the course of the two years of study. Part of the thesis would also involve demonstrating ways to continue or develop the project or mentor future students to take part in the continuation of the project. The Thesis would be evaluated by a thesis committee composed of the supervisor and two other faculty from the Master of Applied Literary Arts and/or another faculty member from a cognate discipline and/or a member of an arts organization or arts organizer who worked with the student during the internship. The thesis will be three chapters and 70 pages and follow the guidelines laid out in the MUN graduate calendar.
Evaluation of Major Research Project or Thesis:
Students in the Master of Applied Literary Arts degree must obtain a grade of B or better in all program courses and their Major Research Project or Thesis.
Students who receive a grade of less than B in a program course may be permitted to remain in the program, provided the course or an equivalent is taken and passed with a grade of B or better. A maximum of two such repetitions shall be permitted in the student’s graduate program; after this point, the student shall be required to withdraw from the program.
The Major Research Project will be assessed by the supervisor and one other faculty member who is part of the MALA program.
The Thesis will be assessed by the supervisor and two other faculty members from the Master of Applied Literary Arts, or by a faculty member in a cognate discipline and/or the community or university partner, in such cases as there is one. The written portion of the project must evidence both critical and applied aspects of the project and must evidence reflection on the applied process.
Proposals for the Major Research Project and Thesis:
In advance of the final project (major research paper or thesis), students are required to submit a short project proposal (due in mid-October) and a longer project proposal (due the end of the first term), both of which will be graded on a pass/fail scale by the faculty supervisor assigned by the Graduate Officer in consultation with the professor and student. Students will not be required to register for the proposal, but the proposal must be passed by the supervisor before the student can register for the Major Research Project or Thesis.
Courses: Required and Elective
Students will take the two core courses offered every year and three elective courses from the English program offered no more than once in three-year period. Students may additionally choose their three electives from courses offered as part of the suite of MALA course offerings.
Core Courses: one will be offered in the fall and one in the winter
ALA 6100 Arts Management
ALA 6101 Literary Production
Students will take three elective courses from the following selection of courses. Three of the following Elective Courses will be offered by English program members each year. Additional courses may be offered including the literary tourism course at the Harlow Campus.
- ALA 6102 Literary Adaptations
- ALA 6103 Anthology Building
- ALA 6104 Children’s Literature and Market Politics
- ALA 6105 Fan Cultures and Fan Studies
- ALA 6106 Film in Theory, Film in Practice
- ALA 6107 Documentary Film: Theory and Practice
- ALA 6108 Life Writing
- ALA 6109 Literature and Industry
- ALA 6110 Literary Tourism
- ALA 6111 Magazine Writing
- ALA 6112 Print Culture
- ALA 6113 Asian Literature in the Diaspora and in Translation: Memorials, Museums, and Dark Tourism
- ALA 6114 Literature and Aging
- ALA 6115 Writing and Publishing
- ALA 6200 Introduction to Playwriting
- ALA 6201 Introduction to Dramaturgy
- ALA 6203 How to Start a Community Theatre
- ALA 6204 Music Production
- ALA 6300 Introduction to Information Management: Principles and Practices
- ALA 6301 Cultural and Heritage Tourism Development
- ALA 6302 Culinary Tourism
- ALA 6303 Special Interest Tourism
- ALA 6304 Introduction to Curatorial and Museum Studies
Professors Teaching, Supervising Major Research Papers and Thesis Projects, and Providing Internship Supervision:
- Adam Beardsworth (PhD, Memorial): Critical theory, American literature, creative writing, event planning, editing and publishing, poet. Internship Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
- Edwin Bezzina (PhD, Toronto) History
- John Bodner (PhD, Memorial) Folklore
- Jerry Etienne (MFA, Alberta) Acting, Directing
- Alex Fallis (acting)
- Shoshannah Ganz (PhD, Ottawa): Canadian literature, travel writing, nineteenth-century literature, creative writing, publishing, editing, industry and literature, literature and the environment, arts management. Graduate Officer email@example.com
- Tom Halford (PhD, Memorial) Newfoundland and Canadian literature, publishing, novelist, poet
- Todd Hennessey (MFA, Calgary; PhD, Birmingham) Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy
- Chelsea Humphries (MA, Queen’s, English; MA, Toronto, Library and Information Management; Humber College, Postgraduate Certificate Creative Book Publishing)
- Ken Jacobsen (PhD, Queens): Theatre, Early Modern drama, Christianity and literature. Dean of School of Arts and Social Sciences.
- Shelly Kawaja (MA Memorial, History; MFA University of British Columbia, Creative Writing): award winning novelist and creative writer
- Roselyne Okech (PhD KwaZulu-Natal Tourism) Tourism, Food and Wine Culture
- Renate Pohl (MFA Alberta, SSP12 International Space University) Technical Theatre
- Peter Ride (PhD, The Australian National University) Arts Management, Curator, Dean of School of Fine Arts
- Crystal Rose (MA Dalhousie, Library and Information Management; Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law, UBC Archival Practice, Oral History) Archives, oral history, Information Management, copyright law
- Michael Waller (BFA acting, Carnegie Mellon University; MFA directing, University of Ottawa); acting and directing
- Aley Waterman (MA Memorial, creative writing; MA Toronto, critical theory) creative writing, novelist and musician