If you have questions about the Goldring arts journalism and communications program, this information may be helpful.

Goldring arts journalism and communications program FAQ

  • Is financial aid available?
    • Thanks to a generous gift from arts patron and Syracuse University trustee Lola Goldring and her husband Allen, we offer financial aid for highly qualified students, including five competitive Distinguished Goldring Scholarships, granting $20,000 awards for talented emerging journalists in the fields of:

      • Film/Television
      • Theater
      • Visual Arts/Architecture
      • Music/Dance
      • Politics of Culture

      Read more about the Distinguished Goldring Scholarships>>

  • What is the difference between the arts journalism and magazine, newspaper and online journalism programs?
    • Arts journalism focuses on arts and culture, while magazine, newspaper and online journalism is more broadly focused on reporting and writing skills for print and digital journalism. Arts journalism is also a collaborative program with other schools and colleges at Syracuse University—the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Visual & Performing Arts and the School of Architecture—which gives arts journalism students access to an array of arts classes across campus.

  • What is the Newhouse "boot camp"?
    • Beginning arts journalism students come to Newhouse in July with the rest of our new graduate students and begin their education with an intensive, six-week experience we dubbed "boot camp." The program includes the courses Newswriting and Issues for Arts Journalists, both taken for three weeks. Newswriting helps students refine their journalism skills and learn about multimedia digital communications in preparation for the more advanced classes that follow. Journalists with extensive professional newswriting experience may opt to take another class instead.

  • How do I decide which courses to take?
    • You work with the program director and a faculty adviser in your declared subject area to identify your goals and create a curriculum to support those goals. Some students may arrive with journalism experience and have a primary goal of learning about an art form; other students may come with expert knowledge in an art discipline but need journalism skills. We offer a flexible curriculum and an extraordinary range of course options, taught by a variety of faculty specialists in the fields of journalism and the arts.

  • What kinds of classes are offered?
    • Examples of arts journalism courses include Film Theory & Criticism, Introduction to Museum Studies, Jazz Improvisation, Magazine Editing, Survey of Choral Literature, Critical Writing, Survey of Theater History, Walt Disney and Pop Culture, Play Analysis, Travel Writing, Ear Training, Advanced Reporting and Writing, Piano for Non-Majors, Photography for Newspaper and Magazine, Independent Studies in Graphics and Fine Arts and many more. For program requirements, see the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

  • Can I take studio classes, like acting, painting and singing?
    • Admission to graduate-level studio classes is by audition, and dependent on the demonstration of a particular skill (acting or musical proficiency, for example); this is not part of the admission process for arts journalism. However, some arts journalism students may qualify for studio courses—talk to your advisers to make special arrangements.

  • Can I take courses in television and radio?
    • Yes. The Newhouse School offers a television, radio and film program offering a variety of courses in these areas. We also have alumni working at radio networks such as WNYC and Minnesota Public Radio as well as at CNN. In addition, courses are available through the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, directed by renowned popular culture commentator Robert Thompson, who is a Goldring faculty adviser.

  • Is special funding available for international students?
    • No, but international students are welcome to compete for fellowship and scholarship money offered by the program, the Newhouse School and Syracuse University.

  • Is this program a good "fit" for me?
    • Take a look at the biographies of current arts journalism students to get a sense of the background and qualifications of successful candidates.

  • Is the GRE required?
    • No, but it is recommended.

  • What are the average GRE score and GPA of an admitted student?
    • There are no typical scores for admission. Test scores and grades are viewed as two of several important pieces of your application. Writing samples, recommendation letters and your personal essay are also considered carefully and help us learn if you are someone who will contribute to and benefit from the program.

  • Does the Goldring program have a travel component?
    • Yes. We travel to the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall and spend winter break at a six-day New York City immersion. The program culminates in Charleston, S.C., where we spend 23 days covering the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA for the Charleston Post & Courier. Travel and accommodations are covered for each of these trips.