Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism (The Arts)

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USC Arts Journalism Program

The M.A. in Specialized Journalism (the Arts) program brings together journalists and professionals from the world of arts and culture who want to develop and refine their communication skills. As a student, you have your pick of many extraordinary elective courses from the university’s arts schools. You study with Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows and notable artists and authors from diverse disciplines. This program emphasizes multimedia and digital storytelling to ensure that students graduate with a breadth of hands-on experience and with strengthened writing skills. We are arts agnostic. Anyone interested in music, visual art, architecture, dance, theater and just about any form that human beings make, be it fashion or food, is welcome here. Sasha Anawalt is the founder and director of the Arts Journalism Masters Program. She can be reached at 

Application deadline: January 31, 2019.

A Few Facts


Available Arts Electives

Our students are able choose from a large number of electives from across USC six arts schools.


of students received fellowships since 2007

Our arts journalism students have received a variety of prestigious scholarship awards, including Sony and Rotten Tomatoes Fellowships.


Average class size

We keep the Annenberg learning experience intimate, emphasizing collaboration that often translates into our alumni hiring one another across the years.


of graduates work in the arts

Most of our graduates land in arts journalism, as well as in arts practice, management, education or their own arts-related businesses.