New Arts Journalism

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

24 months
1730 USD/credit
1730 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts (MA) in New Arts Journalism at SAIC is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and experiences to write about the arts for diverse audiences. 


Located in a vibrant school of contemporary art and design, the MA in New Arts Journalism program provides full engagement with the theory and practice of journalism as well as the opportunity to work closely with artists, art historians, cultural theorists, and art critics connected to a major American museum.

SAIC's interdisciplinary ethos creates an ideal environment for the New Arts Journalism student to engage directly with artists, designers, and writers in order to develop an instinct for seeing the broader issues that underpin events in the world of contemporary art.

Unlike other arts journalism graduate programs, SAIC is a thriving site for students to combine in-depth knowledge of the arts along with the study of the rubrics of journalism. The program helps aspiring journalists to refine their writing of reviews, essays, interviews, and feature stories, and examine the contexts of investigative reporting, the opinion piece, the documentary, and the critical essay in the context of art. Every student participates in at least one internship, which offers a valuable, hands-on experience working at a Chicago media venue. The concluding thesis may comprise a publication or zine, investigative journalism, an extended narrative, or original research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Publishing as Creative Practice 
  • Podcast and Video Essay 
  • Portfolio/ Thesis Tutorial 
  • Portfolio/ Thesis Tutorial 
  • Arts Beat: Journalism for the Arts 
  • Publishing Studio 
  • Introduction to Journalism 
  • Publishing as Creative Practice 
  • Unwrapping Design and Architecture 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admissions Requirements:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee: 90$ (Application fees will be discounted by 50% through December 1.)
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • ePortfolio
  • Interviews
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1730 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1730 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1730 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1730 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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