Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism: Curriculum Requirements
The Master of Arts (MA) in New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides you with skills and experiences to function as art and design journalist for print, including newspapers, magazines, trade journals as well as radio, television, and electronic journalism for new media such as blogs, podcasts, graphic novels, and the Internet even as those formats are shifting and evolving.
The 48-credit, two-year program is divided between four areas of study—journalism (15 credits), production (12 credits), cultural models (12 credits), and electives through which a student can specialize their study (9 credits).
|Electives—elective courses are chosen in consultation with and require the approval of the New Arts Journalism Director prior to registration.||9|
|Optional—3 Credit Study Trip|
|Completion of thesis/portfolio|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
Degree Requirements and specifications
- Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of four years to complete the coursework and submit a final, approved thesis. This includes time off for leaves of absence. Thesis in Progress: Students who have not submitted a finished thesis for review and approval by the end of the final semester of enrollment are given a Thesis in Progress grade (IP). All students with a Thesis in Progress grade (IP) will be charged the Thesis in Progress Fee in each subsequent full semester until the thesis is completed and approved, and the grade is changed to Credit (CR). If the deadline is reached without an approved thesis, the grade will be changed to No Credit (NCR).
- Transfer credits: A minimum of 42 credit hours must be completed in residence at SAIC. Up to six transfer credits may be requested at the time of application for admission and are subject to approval at that time. No transfer credit will be permitted after a student is admitted.
- Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours
Chicago's position as a major media and communications center facilitates the required second-year internship in which students combine the study of art, design, new media, criticism, and journalism with practical work through placements with local and global media, class-created publications, and contributions to SAIC's award-winning F Newsmagazine and fnewsmagazine.com.
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