Arts, Culture & Media

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media combines an interdisciplinary community-oriented core curriculum taken by all majors in the department with discipline-based majors.In addition to the integrated core, the department offers programs of study in Art, Design and Art History, Media Studies (with majors in Journalism and Video Production), Music, and Theatre Arts. With a faculty that includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars and artists, the Department of Arts, Culture and Media offers innovative courses with an emphasis on integration in the arts and the campus's urban mission of community engagement. In addition to the opportunity to combine academic study with hands-on class experience, students benefit enormously from the Department's internship programs. These programs, which provide entry level professional contacts, draw upon the richness of Newark's cultural institutions such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, Prudential, The Star Ledger, and New Jersey Television Network as well as the opportunities offered by the rest of Northern New Jersey and especially New York City.

Jordan Casteel is used to bringing other people’s faces and humanity to the spotlight with her portraits, which capture moments of proximity with people and environments she has encountered on the streets of Harlem, within the New York subway, in her classrooms, and in the spaces occupied by those closest to her. Her paintings depict, in luminous hues and nearly life-size proportions, people of color and landscapes that convey relationships of mutual respect and care that extend beyond the canvas.  
Alexis Torres Machado, a senior in the Arts, Culture and Media department, was interviewed by WNYC about being a DREAMer and his new song, “For My Immigrants.” Alexis Torres Machado was only five when his family left Uruguay and moved to Newark. His parents told him he was undocumented when he was 11.
"Hi, my name is Jordan. What’s yours?" It’s the icebreaker that artist Jordan Casteel uses whenever she stops strangers on the streets of her neighborhood in Harlem. “I am a painter, and I have been working on this project,” she says, with her disarming manner. “Would you be interested in participating?”
Rutgers University-Newark brings the global Black Portraiture[s] conference to Newark, NJ for the first time on February 17-19th 2022 In this moment of profound uncertainty, reconnection, and newfound creativity, the organizers of the Black Portraiture[s] conferences invite the submission of abstracts summarizing a paper, panel, or performance related to the role of “play” in past and contemporary African Diasporic art, performance, liberation struggles, and cultural work.
The School of Arts and Sciences-Newark, Office of Academic Services, is excited to announce that Undeclared Student Week will be Wednesday, Sept. 29th – Wednesday, Oct. 6th! During Undeclared Student Week, we will have a number of virtual opportunities to explore majors/minors and special programs:
Twenty years ago, a small group associated with extremist group al Queda hijacked four planes, crashing two of them into the Twin Towers in New York City, hitting the Pentagon in Washington D.C. with a third plane, and crashing a fourth in a field in Pennsylvania. All told nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, survivors and first-responders continued to feel health effects of the attacks long afterwards, and the day changed the course and policies of U.S. and the world.
  After years of sacrifice and hard work—by you and your families—you earned your Rutgers University–Newark degree! At long last, we get to celebrate in person! Rutgers–Newark will host in-person, school-based events to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020. We are pleased to announce that the following dates have been chosen for those celebrations:
After years of sacrifice and hard work—by you and your families—you earned your Rutgers University–Newark degree! At long last, we get to celebrate in person! Rutgers–Newark will host in-person, school-based events to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020. We are pleased to announce that the following dates have been chosen for those celebrations: