The Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) reinterprets and transforms the largely textual skills of traditional journalism into the multifaceted demands of contemporary arts journalism, where text and image are interwoven and responsive to one another and media platforms are continually evolving. The program both focuses on traditional modes of journalism that discuss art and other aspects of culture, and the ways in which journalism can itself, take on forms of artistic expression.

In support of these multivalent demands, the SAIC New Arts Journalism program curriculum includes courses in production and design in the following formats:

  • Print and publication design
  • Photography and video
  • The web and various media platforms

These design skills involve instruction in Illustrator, InDesign, and basic HTML/CSS coding, as well as blog platforms and content management systems.

You will also examine the contexts of investigative reporting, the opinion piece, the documentary, and the critical essay, refining your writing of:

  • Reviews
  • Essays
  • Interviews
  • Feature stories
  • Op-eds
  • Investigative writing
  • Alternative narrative forms

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