Arts Journalism Curriculum

Working closely with two advisers, the program director and a faculty member specializing in a key area of arts and culture, you identify your educational goals and shape your own curriculum of journalism, communications and arts courses.

Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications Master’s Schedule

Total credits: 36

Summer Session II – 6 credits (July)

AJC 602Arts Reporting
Research skills, assessment of information, interviewing, economics of nonprofits, interpreting data. Issues such as copyright, public art policy, the arts and urban redevelopment. Introduction to local culture scene.
3 credits
MND 605News Writing and Reporting*
Gather news and information for storytelling on multiple platforms: reporting, writing for print, introduction to taking photos, shooting video, capturing audio, using social media. Learn traditions, responsibilities of a free press, ethics, plagiarism, libel.
3 credits
MND 602Journalism Ethics & Diversity
Key ethical and diversity issues confronting journalists on all media platforms: digital, magazine, news, and social media. Evaluation of journalism standards and practices, especially when interests of audiences and revenue conflict. Case studies and media criticism.
1 credit

Fall Semester – 14 credits

AJC 606Feature & Critical Writing
Writing intensive with focus on news judgment, story-telling and fluency in forms of arts journalism. Professional publication expected. Encompassing all forms of culture.
3 credits
AJC 615Cultural Issues I
Readings and discussions of news and current issues in the arts. Cross-discipline presentations by scholars and artists. Skill seminars in online writing and branding.
1 credit
AJC 616Cultural Issues II
Readings and discussions of news and current issues in the arts. Cross-discipline presentations by scholars and artists. Skill seminars in preparing story pitches and working with editors.
1 credit
COM 698Media Law
Problems in media law, including libel, privacy, fair trial/free press, obscenity.
3 credits
Electives**6 credits

Spring Semester – 10 credits

AJC 611Literature of Arts Journalism
Reading, analyzing and discussing examples of arts journalism. Includes architecture, film, music, theater, pop culture, TV, visual arts, and more. Emphasis on contemporary forms.
3 credits
AJC 621Practicum: NYC Arts0 credits
AJC 636Culture Media Practicum***
Required to support and provide learning context for internship at media or nonprofit arts institution. Professional ethics and workplace protocols. Career development.
3 credits
Elective**3 credits

Summer Session I – 6 credits

AJC 631Capstone Arts Writing Workshop
Capstone experience for graduate Arts Journalism majors. Students will research, write, and revise substantive works of arts journalism in workshop environment.
6 credits

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

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

***AJC 636 can be repeated once. Students who wish to take this class as an elective in the fall semester in addition to the required spring section, may do so with permission of their advisor.