Master of Fine Arts

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Corner Brook / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

We provide a flexible course of study adapted to the student's individual area of inquiry, including both critical theory and practice-based research, guided by our active faculty and Memorial University's pioneering model for distant and blended learning. Through the Memorial University network, students have access to studios, research facilities, and teachers from a variety of disciplines within the Visual Arts programme and beyond. Additional residency possibilities are available through Memorial's other campuses and locations in St. John's, Norris Point, Labrador, and Harlow (UK).

Grenfell Campus is at Corner Brook, on Elmastukwek/Bay of Islands area, in traditional Mi'kmaw territory. The Grenfell MFA programme is a blended learning/low residency programme that can be completed in five or six semesters over the course of two years. The curriculum begins with a spring semester on-campus intensive in May and June, followed by fall and winter terms completed in the student's home town or at another Memorial University campus with distance learning supervision and contact. The following spring, students return to Grenfell Campus for a second on-campus intensive. The final project is presented at Grenfell Campus during the second autumn and/or winter terms. We also provide choices for part-time study as long as the courses are taken in the correct sequence (up to six years).

Program structure

  • Seminar Intensive I
  • Studio/Research Intensive
  • Art Theory & Criticism Course
  • Independent Studio Research I & II
  • Seminar Intensive II
  • Studio/Production Intensive
  • Final Project (Exhibition and Research Paper/Statement) and Oral Examination


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree in fine arts (B average or higher) or equivalent professional visual arts experience; portfolio of 20 images of examples of work or other documentation of visual art research

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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