Curriculum Overview and Courses

The 36-credit, two-year program is divided between four areas of study: writing (12 credits), production (9 credits), thesis (six credits), and electives (six credits).

Semester 1 9  
  • NAJ 5002 Modern/Postermodern Graduate Survey (3)
  • NAJ 5100 Constituting Cultural News: Introduction to Journalism (3)
  • NAJ 5221 Publishing Online: Wired Writing and Design (3)
Semester 2 9  
  • NAJ 5300 Arts Beat (3)
  • NAJ 5230 Podcast and Video Essay (3)
  • NAJ 4130 Publishing as Creative Practice (3)
Semester 3
  • ‚‚NAJ 5754 Contemporary Art Criticism: Review, Opinion Piece,
    Critical Essay (3)
  • NAJ 5190 Thesis Seminar (3)
  • Elective (3) *
Semester 4 9  
  • NAJ 5290 Thesis (3)
  • NAJ 5510 Publishing Studio or NAJ 5500 SAIC Internship (3)
  • ‚‚Elective (3) *
Optional—3 Credit Study Trip  
Completion of thesis/portfolio  
Total Credit Hours 36 
Elective courses are chosen in consultation with and require the approval of the New Arts Journalism Director prior to registration.  

Degree Requirements and specifications

  1. 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).
  2. Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours

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