2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts Journalism, MA

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Eric Grode, Director, ejgrode@syr.edu
Janet Anthony, Assistant Director, jcanthon@syr.edu
333 Newhouse 2, 315-443-9251


Amber Bartosh, Theo Cateforis, Eric Grode, Johanna Keller, Sascha Scott, Jim Shahin, Robert J. Thompson, James Gordon Williams

The Goldring Arts Journalism program is the first program at an accredited journalism school to train journalists to write about arts and culture. Based at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the program is an interdisciplinary collaboration with the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, giving students access to an array of arts and journalism courses taught by writers, academics, and artists.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the comprehensive Newhouse School learning outcomes listed in the School’s Educational Mission, students in the Arts Journalism Master’s program are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcomes:

1. Contribute Knowledge:  Analyze and interpret cultural products such as theater performances, operas, jazz and classical music performances and art exhibits;

2. Cultural Knowledge:  Apply journalistic storytelling to specialized reporting on arts and culture.

Program Requirements

The curriculum offers a uniquely flexible combination of arts and communications courses to meet the educational objectives of each student. The student will arrive with specialized expertise or declared interest in areas such as architecture, film, music, popular culture, television, theater, or the visual arts. Working closely with two advisors–the program director and a faculty member specializing in one of the concentrations–students identify their educational objectives and create their own curricula of journalism and arts courses. Through its core courses, the Goldring Arts Journalism program offers opportunities for experiential and cross-disciplinary learning. During the program year, students are encouraged and assisted in interning at media organizations, and creating multiplatform arts coverage, as well as undertaking freelance professional publication in order to build and expand a professional portfolio.

The 36-credit Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is completed in one calendar year. The intensive program begins at Syracuse University in early July. In the fall and spring, students take journalism and arts classes and have the option of a magazine or newspaper internship. During the winter break, students attend an arts-immersion trip to New York City, which includes attendance at theater and music performances, film screenings, museum and gallery tours, architectural site visits, symposia, and lectures; encounters with artists and administrators at major arts institutions; and writing workshops with arts editors and writers. The program concludes with a capstone writing experience in May and June. The program was made possible by a gift from SU Trustee and arts patron Lola Goldring and her husband Allen. Additional information is available at http://artsjournalism.syr.edu


* Students with substantial journalism background may petition to substitute a suitable elective.

Electives (9 Credits)

Additional graduate courses in areas such as architecture, film, fine arts, music, or theater, as well as journalism, communications, and writing courses.

Total: 36 credits

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