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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, is launching the first Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our campus is located in Corner Brook, on Elmastukwek/Bay of Islands, in traditional Mi’kmaw territory. The largest city in the region, Corner Brook is a service centre for Western and Northern Newfoundland. The campus is a short drive to Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaw Museum, the first and only Mi’kmaw museum in the province. Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, is nearby. This extraordinary environment offers graduate students an ideal space for research, scholarship, and creative activity combined with community engagement and critical discourse.

The Grenfell MFA delivers a blended learning/low residency program that can be completed in five or six semesters over a two-year period of study. The program begins with an on-campus intensive during May and June of the spring semester followed by fall and winter terms completed in the student’s home community or at another campus of Memorial University with distance learning supervision and contact. Students return to Grenfell Campus for a second on-campus intensive the following spring. The final project is presented during the second fall, and/or winter term at Grenfell Campus.

Guided by our active faculty and Memorial University’s progressive model for distance and blended learning, we provide a flexible course of study tailored to the student’s individual area of research, incorporating both critical theory and practice-based research. Students have access to studios, research facilities, and faculty across a range of disciplines within the Visual Arts program and beyond through the broad Memorial University network. There are further residency opportunities through Memorial’s other campuses and locations in St. John’s, Norris Point, Labrador, and Harlow UK.

Our program will be shaped by graduate students who seek a flexible delivery model and wish to engage in graduate research at more than one location: in their home and/or at a number of Memorial University Campuses or locations. We look forward to hearing from you!


Contact us

MFA Graduate Officer: Cameron Forbes


Program Overview

Our blended learning/low residency MFA can be completed in five or six semesters. Most students will complete this program full-time over two years. We also offer options for part-time study as long as the courses are taken in appropriate order (up to six years).

The MFA Program consists of:

01. Studio/Research/Production Intensives with co-requisite Seminar Intensives on location at Grenfell Campus during the Spring semesters (May-June) and independent distance components (June-August). This will include two courses during the Summer semester with on-campus components (May-June) and independent components with online Supervisions (June-August).

02. A two-semester self-directed Studio/Research course completed at another Memorial University Campus or other distance location (such as the student’s home community) during the Fall and Winter semesters (that includes supervision, peer reviews, individual and group critiques, writing assignments, and assessments via online delivery).

03. One critical theory course during the first Fall semester offered online.

04. A Final Project (Exhibition and Research Paper/Statement) and Oral Examination during the second Fall or Winter semester at Grenfell Campus.  


Grenfell Campus

The Grenfell Campus Fine Arts building houses a printshop with intaglio, relief, screen printing, lithography, and digital print processes; a sculpture studio with a metal shop, wood shop, and ceramics; large, ventilated studios for fibres, painting, drawing and interdisciplinary practices; a traditional darkroom and fully colour managed digital facility, scanners and large format printers; and a Mac lab with sound, video, and imaging software.

Grenfell Art Gallery

The Grenfell Art Gallery is the university art gallery for Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a space of innovation, public engagement, and experiential learning it features a 2,000 sq. ft. climate controlled exhibition space and an active collection of contemporary and historical art, specializing in, but not limited to, the art of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Gallery has year round programming with a distinguished history of group and solo exhibitions featuring the work of regional, national and international artists, including Ursula Johnson, Jordan Bennett, Omar Badrin, Jerry Ropson, Greg Statts, Barb Hunt, and Will Gill, among others.

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Tuition and Funding

The School of Graduate Studies offers competitive fellowships to eligible students who are accepted into the MFA Program. A portion of the funding is used to pay the current semester tuition and ancillary fees and any remaining amount is disbursed to the student.

Graduate Assistantships are also available. These will most often take place as research assistantships. In certain situations teaching assistantships may become available. Students will also be supported in pursuing external funding.

Complete schedule of graduate fees


How to Apply

Admission requirements

01. A portfolio of support material in one of the three following forms:

  • (1) 20 high resolution images in JPEG or other standardized format.

  • (2) A total of 10 minutes in video or audio (MP4 or MOV format)

  • (3) A combination of both still images and video where one minute of video is equivalent to two images.

  • All images, sound, or video files must be titled with applicant's first and last name and numbered in appropriate viewing order. (01FirstLast.jpg, 02FirstLast.jpg) Include an accompanying PDF document listing title, date, medium and dimensions of each image, video and/or audio file.

  • Submit portfolio using WeTransfer to graduate officer, by November 15th, 2019.

02. A letter of intent (maximum 500 words)

03. A Curriculum Vitae

04. Two assessment reports or letters of reference  

05. Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts program will normally hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minimum overall B average or shall have equivalent professional visual arts experience that is acceptable to the Dean of Graduate Studies and to the School of Fine Arts. Applicants are required to submit transcripts for all previous post-secondary education and may also be required to submit a sample of their academic written work.

06. For applicants whose prior university instruction was not in English, demonstration of English language proficiency is required. These applicants must meet all the criteria as outlined in section 4.1 “Qualifications for Admission” of the Memorial University Calendar  

How to Submit your application

Deadline: November 15th, 2019
All documents must be received by this date, with the exception of official copies of transcripts, confirmation of degree completion, and test scores, which may be postmarked by deadline date. Applications received after November 15th, 2019 may be reviewed as space permits.

01. You may submit an application online (credit card required). Current or former Memorial University students are encouraged to apply through Memorial Self-Service.

02. Go to Memorial University’s Graduate Student page for complete instructions on how to submit your application online:

03. Please note that credit card payments on the application is only available from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Newfoundland time), Sunday through Friday. It is unavailable on Saturday.

04. Submit letter of intent, professional cv, and letters of appraisals by email to

05. Submit your visual portfolio using WeTransfer to graduate officer,

06. Submit unofficial transcripts, confirmation of degree completion, and language test scores by email to

07. Official transcripts, confirmation of degree completion, and test scores must also be mailed to address below: (postmarked by November 15th, 2019)

School of Graduate Studies
IIC-2012, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation
Memorial University of Newfoundland
230 Elizabeth Avenue St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 5S7