Put an Arts degree to work!

The Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program explicitly connects the communication skills and leadership training of a liberal arts education to successful post- graduation employment. This degree program is defined by its focus on the transferability of the written, oral and visual communication skills, the critical thinking, and the cultural awareness acquired during a liberal arts education to the world beyond academia. Technical skills, work-integrated learning (internships, cooperatives, workplace-generated projects), and career-related mentoring are key components of its design.

Meet Kate Scarth, Chair of Lucy Maud Montgomery Studies and Assistant Professor

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Dr. Kate Scarth is Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) at UPEI.

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Course Structure

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.



All of the following courses are required for a Major in Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture:

  • English 1010 - Academic Writing
  • ACLC 1060 - Putting Arts to Work I
  • ACLC 1080 - Digital Literacy
  • University 2030 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • English 2340 - Public Speaking
  • ACLC 2090 - Digital Humanities
  • University 3030 - Leadership Theory and Practice
  • ACLC 3060 - Putting Arts to Work II
  • ACLC 3080 - Leadership for a Changing World
  • English 3810 - Professional Writing
  • Arts 4010 - Capstone Arts
  • either
    • English 4040 - Communication and Rhetoric: Capstone Writing OR
    • ACLC 4000 - Advanced Workshop in Applied Communication
  • ACLC 4060 - Putting Arts to Work III
  • ACLC 4070 - Work Integrated Internship


The minor program will require a total of 21 semester hours of program-specific courses.

The following courses are required for a Minor in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Communication.

  • ACLC 1060 - Putting Arts to Work
  • ACLC 3060 - Putting Arts to Work
  • ACLC 1080 - Digital Literacy
  • and four (4) other courses from the ACLC list of Major requirements, including one at the 4000 level

Minor co-requisites:

  • English 1010 - Academic Writing

NOTE: As per Academic Regulation 1h, all undergraduate degree programs require successful completion of IKE-1040 (new for students beginning or returning after re-application in Fall 2022); one of UPEI-1010, UPEI-1020, or UPEI-1030, and a Writing Intensive Course.

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What can you do with an Arts degree? Anything you want!

UPEI provides a solid education in the liberal arts, committed to rigorous study and inquiry, belief in the value of knowledge, lifelong capacity-building, and the development of the whole person.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Arts Admission?

High School Graduates

Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects:

  • English;
  • one Social Studies or Language;
  • any 3 other academic courses. Grade 12 math recommended.
    Note: Grade 12 Math is a prerequisite for some 1st year Arts courses.

Please  for complete admissions information.

Faculty Members
ACLC Faculty and Staff


  • , Director, ACLC; Professor, History
  • Brenton Dickieson, Assistant Professor, ACLC (term contract)
  • Dave Hickey, Assistant Professor, ACLC; Coordinator of the Journalism program
  • , Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and ACLC
  • , Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ziad Ghaith

ACLC Steering Committee

  •  (Director)

Student Spotlight

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Success Story

Bobby Cameron may have received his arts degree from UPEI in 2009, but his commitment to helping current students through mentorship and skills development is stronger than ever.

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Millions in scholarships and awards

Each year we award over 3,000 scholarships and awards to qualified students. Our comprehensive program鈥攙alued at over $8 million鈥攊ncludes some awards that are equal to full tuition and renewable!

Fees and Funding
Faculty of Arts 六合论坛资料 Tuition

UPEI's undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards.


$6,828 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($682.80 per 3 credit course).
International students pay $8,010 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Arts, visit our .

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.  

Celebrating Student Achievement

Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

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