Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism

Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Photo by New Arts Journalism student Lindsey Auten (MA 2013) reporting on Luftwerk’s Luminous Field (2012) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

January 10, 2013
Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism

Fall 2013
Application deadline: March 1, 2013

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism program reinterprets and transforms the skills of a traditional journalist into the multitasking demands of a contemporary arts journalist where art writing, editing, and design skills are intertwined. Unlike journalism schools that add an arts emphasis, SAIC is a vibrant school of art and design in which New Arts Journalism students can combine the in-depth study of arts and journalism, and work closely with artists, art historians, and cultural critics.

The Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism program focuses on refining the technical aspects of writing in print and online, and provides workshop critiquing by peers and faculty.

The program’s curriculum includes courses in print production and design, photography, video, web-based formats, and the history and theory of contemporary art. Coursework also covers the format of reviews, features, critical essays, investigative reporting, and opinion pieces, in the context of cultural journalism.

The New Arts Journalism faculty is composed of working critics and designers from major local and national publications.

Numerous publishing opportunities are available through resources like SAIC’s award-winning F Newsmagazine and, local and national media, and class-created publications.

A second-year internship through SAIC’s Cooperative Education Internship Program allows students to work in a professional environment with various local and national companies. New Arts Journalism graduates have completed internships at MTV, The Nation, Time Out Chicago, WBEZ, WTTW, and various public relations firms, concentrating on promoting arts and cultural institutions.

New Arts Journalism alumni have recently accepted jobs at news outlets and a variety of other organizations, including Carol Fox & Associates; contratiempo magazine; Kavi Gupta Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Northwestern University; Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP; and VH1.

Apply by March 1, 2013. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at [email protected] with any questions about the application process. For application requirements and to apply online visit

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also enables adults, high school students, middle school students, and children to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit

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