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.

In this first video in a series of long-form conversations featuring faculty, students and staff, where we open up the floor on courses, topics, and collaborations in the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark (SASN), Professor in Sociology and Executive Vice Chancellor Sherri-Ann Butterfield and Express Newark Director and Professor in English  Fran Bartkowski convene at Shine Portrait Studio to discuss their joint class on Black Lives Matter and HBO's "The Wire."
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?”
Come join us for our SASN Majors & Minors Exploration Virtual Fair You'll be able to network & speak with faculty and representatives from various RU-N academic programs, departments and school. 
In this second video in a series of long-form conversations featuring faculty, students and staff where we open up the floor on courses, topics, and collaborations in the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark (SASN), Professor and Chair of Arts, Culture and Media and Ned Drew and Part-Time Lecturer and printmaker Emanuele Cacciatore convened at Shine Portrait Studio to discuss Cacciatore's "Intro to Printmaking" course.
In a year of extraordinary challenges and global activism, our most read stories of 2020 reflected the world around us. The School of Arts & Sciences-Newark began the year by announcing Jacqueline Mattis as our new dean, and while the physical campus may have been largely empty for many months, our people continued to work, educate, learn, and create, found ways to give back to the community, fight a pandemic, and achieve personal goals, all while dealing with unforseen obstacles and tragic loss. Here's a recap of the year in our most-read stories of 2020.  
In a new video, SASN Dean Jacqueline Mattis acknowledged the challenges and struggles of the past year while she urged listeners to think about what it means to be part of a larger community and to hold on to hope. In the message, which is interwoven with a brand new video recorded remotely by the Rutgers University-Newark Chorus singing "Be the Change", Mattis said "The thing that we want to hold on to, the thing that we need to hold on to is the fact that hope is not only something that is possible, it's actually a responsibility." 
Sunday, December 20th | 3pm EST | YouTube Join the Rutgers University-Newark Chorus for a premiere of recorded performances on YouTube