Overview

Master of Specialized Journalism (The Arts) Program Information

Los Angeles is a creative, diverse and dynamic place. It is home to the movie, music and entertainment industries as well as the center of America’s vibrant visual and graphic arts scene.
 
L.A. is where cultures mix, mingle and morph. It’s where the stories that define American culture are being made. If you want to learn how to tell those stories, USC Annenberg is the place to be.
  
The Arts Journalism program at USC Annenberg is one of the nation’s leading master's programs for next generation arts and culture storytellers. This degree program will give you the multimedia and leadership skills to move your career forward. You will have the freedom to pursue what you are passionate about and study with award-winning faculty from USC’s six arts schools and the USC Annenberg School. You will also collaborate through programs with major media — including potentially the Los Angeles Times, KPCC 89.3 FM public radio and KCET, America’s largest independent public television station — and create, manage and sustain our own online arts and culture magazine, Ampersand.
    
Emphasis is placed on developing strong writing habits.  Critical thinking and forward-thinking ideas about arts journalism are also near the core. You will put what you learn into practice; learning by doing. You will have the opportunity to work with professional journalists and artists, often one-on-one, behind the scenes to experience and produce work that sets you apart as an innovator. The program is open to artists or people with a strong arts background who have no journalism experience; and to journalists who value creativity and want to deepen their knowledge of the arts and digital media.