New Arts Journalism

Most arts journalism graduate programs in the nation are housed within a journalism department. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), arts journalism is taught within the context of a fine art academy.  Here, you will have access to key players influencing the national and global art worlds. 

Undergraduate Chicago National Portfolio Day
Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Meet with more than 60 art schools and universities and get feedback on your work.


Chicago Graduate Portfolio Day
Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Get feedback on your portfolio and meet with a number of colleges offering graduate degrees in art & design.

Combine in-depth knowledge of the arts along with the study of the rubrics of journalism

As a student, you will also have the opportunity to work closely and collaborate with artists, art historians, cultural theorists, and art critics, exploring innovative ways of communicating contemporary culture.

Writing-intensive curriculum

SAIC's Department of New Arts Journalism provides you with the necessary skills and interdisciplinary experiences to succeed as an art and design journalist for magazines, online publications, trade journals, radio and podcasts, newspapers, blogs and social media platforms, graphic novels, and more.

The Flaxman Library houses more than 100,000 arts and humanities volumes and 400 magazine subscriptions.

Multimedia Journalism in the Heart of Chicago

The program helps aspiring journalists write reviews, essays, interviews, and feature stories, and examine the contexts of investigative reporting, the opinion piece, the documentary, and the critical essay in the context of art. With a multitude of print publications, galleries, creative organizations, and museums, Chicago's art scene serves as a laboratory for research and networking. The city's major media and communications center provides you with many options for your required second-year internship, in which you will combine your study of art, design, new media, criticism, and 21st-century arts journalism with practical, professional work.

Professional Opportunities After Graduation

MA in New Arts Journalism graduates have applied their education in a variety of ways.

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