Film. Music. Visual Art. Design. Literature. Subcultures. Criticism.
Rich course offerings in the M.S. and M.A. degree programs bolster cultural knowledge and impart essential tools for covering the arts.
What We Offer
Journalism students have several opportunities to learn how to produce culture stories that are rigorous yet creative. Class options allow students to deepen their understanding of all branches of the arts, from architecture to dance, hip hop to sculpture.
M.S. students can choose among courses that explore how to report in the cultural realm and how to add perspective on trends and breakthroughs in art, culture and society. These include The Art of the Profile, Food Writing and 800 Words.
Students who enroll in the M.A. Arts & Culture concentration take a nine‐month seminar considering the intellectual and emotional force of the arts. Journalism professors bring in esteemed experts to guide the class through several specialties while pulling out common themes. The seminar blends the concrete (how to decipher arts funding, delineate artistic movements, map essential context) with the more theoretical (how to capture an artist’s personality with nuance and verve).
In addition to the specific classes listed here, students have many opportunities to report on arts and culture issues starting in August during multimedia training and running through the Spring seminar and production classes.
Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.
For her thesis, Hannah Moore, '19 M.A. Arts & Culture, explored a movement by the Kingston, Jamaica dancehall community to protect their work from appropriation by foreign pop artists.Dancehall Is Fighting to Protect – and Copyright – Its Dance Moves
A story Jeremy Fassler, '21 M.S., wrote for his first-semester reporting class on how the pandemic has led to thousands of performers losing health care coverage was published on the front page of the New York Times.The Virus Cost Performers Their Work, Then Their Health Coverage
For the New York Times, Nika Simovich Fisher, '22 Part-time M.S., profiled the pioneering user interface designer Loretta Staples.A Pioneer of Digital Design Looks Back on a Defining Era