Curriculum Overview and Courses

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The 36-credit, two-year program is divided between four areas of study: Writing (12 credits), Production (9 credits), Thesis (6 credits), an Art History requirement (3 credits) and Electives (6 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 Writing Across the Arts: From the Personal Essay to the Profile (3)
  • NAJ 5230 Podcast and Video Essay (3)
  • NAJ 5130 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 (3) 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. Internships: Students have the option of taking up to three hours of credit through the co-op internship program. These credit hours can be taken as their elective in the spring semester of the second year.
  3. Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours

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