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 Newhouse, 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.

Courses tailored to your interests

The curriculum offers a uniquely flexible combination of arts and communications courses to meet the educational objectives of each student. In our program, you will arrive with specialized expertise or declared interest in architecture, film, music, popular culture, television, theater or the visual arts. Working closely with two advisers, you identify your educational objectives and create your 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 to intern at media organizations, where they create online community arts content and visual and audio journalism. In addition, our arts journalists publish freelance work in order to build and expand their professional portfolios.

A one-year program

The 36-credit master’s degree is completed in one calendar year. The intensive program begins in early July. In the fall and spring semesters, you 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 attending  theater and music performances, film screenings, museum and gallery tours, architectural site visits, symposia and lectures. During Immersion week,  you will encounter artists and administrators at major arts institutions and create in writing workshops with arts editors and writers. The program concludes with a capstone writing workshop in May and June.

The program was made possible by a gift from SU Trustee and arts patron Lola Goldring and her husband Allen. 

See the 2020-2021 arts journalism master's program course list for more information.  

For complete program requirements and a list of available graduate arts journalism courses, see the Syracuse University Course Catalog.