The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Arts (MA) in New Arts Journalism is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and experiences to function as an art and design journalist for newspapers, magazines, trade journals, radio, television, and new media such as blogs, podcasts, and graphic novels.

Arts Journalism within an Art School

Located within a vibrant school of contemporary art and design, the New Arts Journalism program provides a full engagement with the theory and practice of journalism and the opportunity to work closely with artists, art historians, cultural theorists, and art critics connected to a major American museum.

Unlike arts journalism graduate programs that add an arts emphasis to a journalism program, SAIC is a thriving site for students to combine in-depth knowledge of the arts along with the study of the rubrics of journalism.

Journalist, Editor, Designer

The MA in New Arts Journalism program at SAIC reinterprets and transforms the largely textual skills of a traditional journalist into the multitasking demands of contemporary arts journalism, where text and image are intertwined and where a journalist is often the initial designer and editor of his or her feature. In support of these multivalent demands, the curriculum includes courses in production and design in print, photography, video, and web-based formats and the study of the history and theory of contemporary art, film, television, the web, and design.

The SAIC New Arts Journalism program helps aspiring journalists to refine their writing of 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.

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