Since there are very few media that employ critics who do not also report on the business of the art they cover, this master’s model would develop expertise in both areas.
Journalism Electives: 6 Credits
One upper level Journalism course. The following are recommended:
Specialty Electives: 6 Credits. *See addendum below.
*Addendum: Specialty Electives
This model strives to prepare journalists who are thoughtful and savvy critics and reporters of one specific area of the arts and entertainment industries. Two variables affect this preparation: the past experience of the student and the nature of the beat chosen. Critics of television (and cable, etc.) would be expected to concentrate more heavily on the business as business than, say, a theater critic, who would concentrate on the art of theater (without ignoring the business side). Most students following this model should expect to spend 6 credits learning about their chosen specialty outside of the School of Journalism. If, however, the student happens to have considerable experience as a professional artist, he or she may require less work in that field and more in journalism. For the non-practitioner, 12 credits in the field are not very many and should be chosen with care. For these reasons, it is essential that incoming master’s students plan and gain approval for their course of study prior to registering for a single class.
Many students in this model will want to attend the summer program in New York, where the opportunities for practicing arts journalism and research are greater. Students who elect this option may choose to distribute their coursework differently so that they end up working on their master’s project or thesis in New York the final summer. Two of the three sample schedules offered below end in New York.
The following are just a few examples of the clusters of specialty courses students may take. These are suggestions only, not requirements. The choice of specialty electives depends on the student, his or her adviser, and the depth of the student’s experience. The waiving of some prerequisites may need to be arranged, but is not guaranteed here. The student is not required to take all specialty electives in a single department. Students are cautioned against spreading the specialty electives so thin that he or she ends up being familiar with many fields but master of none.