The Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications 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 courses taught by writers, editors, 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, the visual arts and other fields. Working closely with two advisers, you identify your educational objectives and create your own curricula of courses. Through its core courses, the Goldring program offers opportunities for experiential and cross-disciplinary learning. During the program year, students are encouraged to intern at media and arts organizations as well as 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 project in Charleston, S.C., where students cover the Spoleto Festival for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Post & Courier newspaper.

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

See the 2020-2021 Arts Journalism and Communications master's program course list for more information.  

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