Imagine an M.A. after your name


There are certain advantages. You can more easily get a higher education teaching job, for one thing. But little compares to having your mind expanded and building the multimedia and digital skill sets to go with it. This program, a 9.5 month university program in arts journalism, has a record for fundamentally changing the way we look at the arts & culture & creativity, and how we tell stories about them.

The Arts Journalism program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is America’s leading master’s program for next generation storytelling. And the place to be. You will have access to people who connect people, shape ideas and define our culture in the maker capital of the world: Los Angeles.

Creative, diverse and dynamic, L.A. is home to the movie industry, the video game industry, the music industry, the entertainment industry, center of America’s visual and graphic arts and home to a vibrant arts scene that celebrates chefs and fashion designers as artists. USC Annenberg is at the center of it.

The program is deeply embedded in Los Angeles’ rich cultural life and emphasizes artistic and creative process. You are encouraged to spend time inside rehearsal rooms, studios and in intimate contact with artists, many of them famous and many not, but all with exceptional stories to tell that deserve to be made visible. You will have the freedom to pursue what you are passionate about and the ability to study with award-winning faculty from USC’s six arts schools and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Applications for the first round of admissions are due, January 30, 2015. Anyone applying by this deadline will be reviewed for scholarship consideration, including the full-tuition Annenberg scholarships. For more information, click here.

The M.A. degree program in Specialized Journalism (the Arts) is intended for 1) professional arts journalists who work in any medium, 2) recent college graduates holding bachelor degrees in journalism or in one of the arts, and 3) experienced arts practitioners. Our journalism program is distinguished by a vital diversity within the student body. There is an exciting mix of media backgrounds (broadcast, audio, print, online) and specializations (music, theater, dance, architecture, film, visual art).

Whether you are an artist with a passion for storytelling or a storyteller with a passion for the arts, Annenberg’s Arts Journalism program shows you how to do it. While a strong emphasis is placed on your writing skills, the program also prepares you to think creatively and be an active part of experimentation in a changing cultural landscape.

Through our innovative Media Center projects (like and Ampersand) in the new Wallis Annenberg Hall, USC Media Arts + Practice, Annenberg Innovation Lab and collaborative programs with major media — including the Los Angeles Times, KPCC 89.3 FM public radio and KCET, America’s largest independent public television station – the Arts Journalism program offers graduate students the ability to work alongside many of the best journalists and media thinkers in the world.

Our alumni at present work at traditional and non-traditional jobs, some of which they have created as entrepreneurial start-ups. Our alumni include the film editor of the Village Voice and a reporter at the Wall Street Journal’s L.A. bureau, a journalist-in-residence at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and one at the Geffen Playhouse, and five university professors at prestigious institutions (including USC Annenberg, USC School of Cinematic Arts and USC School of Architecture). Several alumni have media start-ups (The Beer Paper is one), and many work at museums as writers (Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, to name two). There are others at Upworthy and Tech Crunch and Relativity Media. And three successfully are pursuing careers as documentary filmmakers and one in feature film as a writer, producer and director. In short, our alumni are highly coveted and doing well.

Central to our values is that we firmly believe in and practice one-on-one attention. Your time and your goals are important to us; each person is different, and this program respects and honors your different needs and expectations to the best of our abilities.

We offer a lot. We expect a lot. To thrive here you need to bring your A game. We’re training storytellers for the 21st Century. Are you ready?

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Keep Your Job and Earn Your Master’s Degree


Goucher’s MA in Arts Administration (MAAA) is designed for working professionals. It combines a limited-residency program on campus and a distance-learning program online. Established in 1998, it is similar in format to Executive MBA programs. Faculty and students work together on campus for 11 days each summer, and then fall and spring classes are live and online.

The goal of the MAAA is to ensure future success in an ever-changing and global field. Faculty who are themselves working arts administrators help prepare students in practical and adaptive ways, bringing insight and experience to individual learning. Connections are made and long-lasting relationships are built.

Visit to read about faculty, courses, and schedules.

Application deadline is March 20, 2015. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

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