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.

Over the last several years, the Rutgers University–Newark Journalism program has been expanding at a clip. Enrollment has surged, additional faculty have been hired, course offerings have multiplied and diversified, and new facilities have come online to keep up with rapid changes in the industry, ensuring that students are ready to hit the ground running when they graduate and embark on their careers.
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?”
Express Newark Partner, The Form Design Studio will take part in an initiative to bring digital literacy and IT skills to Newark residents who live in the North Ward. Tech World is a collaboration of various local stakeholders responding to the White House’s bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to up-skill Americans in digital literacy. This broadens the current efforts of Mayor Baraka’s Office to empower Newark residents to meet the talent needs of local businesses.
On March 20th from 4PM-5:30PM, join SASN Dean Jacqueline Mattis, Express Newark Director Fran Bartkowski for an afternoon of poetry and inspiration! Featuring Rutgers-Newark student poets: Attorius Augustin Al-Shaquan Lucas Kira Jones Mariah Matthews and Rutgers-Newark MFA alumnus and poet Vincent Toro
For Lunar New Year, alumna Coco Kim ('12) shared how to make her family's favorite dish, Tteok Mandu Guk (Korean Rice Cake Soup with Dumplings). Kim, who graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2012, later went on to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. In 2019 she was scouted for an episode of Food Network's "Chopped" (S4E10) while working at Huertas, a Spanish restaurant in New York City's East Village.