Certificate in Art Journalism and Writing (refkg)

Art Radar editor Kate Nicholson interviews artist Marisa González at ARCOmadrid 2012.
Art Radar editor Kate Nicholson interviews artist Marisa González at ARCOmadrid 2012.

Online Course

Art Journalism and Writing

Overview | Course Structure | Faculty | How To Apply and Course Fee

Do you want to write for newspapers, magazines or the Web? Is dealing with the media a part of your daily routine? Do you want to learn more about contemporary art?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then Art Radar’s Certificate in Art Journalism & Writing is for you!

For more information on how to apply and our course fee, please enter your email at the bottom of the page.


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Live anywhere, learn anytime

Training is conducted entirely online, meaning students can be located anywhere in the world. All that’s needed is

  • reliable access to a computer and the Internet.
  • native or native-level spoken and written English ability.
  • a passion for contemporary art.

Who’s this course for?

This course is for

  • students who want to pursue a career or project work in arts journalism.
  • managers of gallery and museum websites and blogs who want to attract more readers.
  • artists, dealers or anyone who is promoting artists and wants their work to be found on Google.
  • applicants to graduate programs who need to demonstrate writing/publishing experience.
  • gallery owners who need to pitch stories to journalists.

We’ve had people from all walks of life (and levels of experience within the art world) come through our art writing courses, from top level banking executives to gallery owners, to auction staff and to political studies students.

What you’ll gain

Students Art Radar‘s Certificate in Art Journalism & Writing will

  • be read by our prestigious readership of 12,000 unique viewers a month from top museums, galleries, auction houses and other art institutions.
  • make useful contacts in the art world and position yourself for a career in art: after working with us, our trainee writers have gone on to jobs and internships in auction houses and in online and physical galleries.
  • gain insight into the burgeoning contemporary art scene.
  • build a portfolio of articles to show to prospective employers and graduate school admissions staff.

Supported learning

You will

  • benefit from one-on-one written feedback on each of your articles by at least two experienced art editors.
  • have regular mentoring meetings with your dedicated editor via Skype.
  • interact with your editor through email or chat on a day-to-day basis as required.
  • receive self-study modules fortnightly which are designed to help you tackle the toughest parts of writing an article.

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Course structure

If you enjoy this course and want to build your portfolio even more, there is ample opportunity to continue learning with us by applying for our Diploma Course.

The Diploma course has a very simple structure of four certificate courses specially designed like a ladder so you can take one after another, like climbing rungs. You start with Certificate 101 and progress through to Certificate 104.

We think this unique approach works because you master skills one step at a time; at each stage you’ll face increasingly difficult challenges. Whether you’re a novice writer or have some experience already, you’ll develop your range of skills and add to your portfolio of published articles.

The beauty of this system is that you have a great deal of flexibility. You can stop after Certificate 101 and you have an achievement you can be proud of, a certificate for your resume and your first piece of published writing to show off. However, if you want to carry on climbing the rungs towards the full Diploma you can take the remaining courses at any time during a 24 month period. That means you can take a break, or do an internship or special project, and then tackle the next rung.

Certificate in Art Journalism & Writing 101

Let’s take a closer look at what you will learn on the first rung: Certificate in Art Journalism and Writing 101.

Your first published writing

Aim of the course: To learn the nuts and bolts of putting together your first art news article. With an editor’s one-on-one help, your first article will be published. The course material will give you a broad introduction to the principal elements of strong writing, an essential base for developing specific techniques later in the Diploma course. There are plenty of how-to tips which you can use immediately to improve your writing dramatically.

Course duration: 13 weeks
Time per week: 4 to 8 hours

Course outline: 6 training modules delivered fortnightly online

  • Module 1 | Introduction to Art Writing
  • Module 2 | Satisfying Structures
  • Module 3 | Story and Pace
  • Module 4 | Compelling Characters
  • Module 5 | Language – Crucial Lessons
  • Module 6 | Developing Voice and Style

Course outcomes:

  • up to 2 published articles
  • Certificate of Art Journalism & Writing 101


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Kate NicholsonKate Nicholson
Course Coordinator; Editor

Originally from New Zealand, Kate Nicholson currently resides in Taichung City, Taiwan where she has lived since 2009.

She holds a BA in Film, Television and Media Studies from The University of Auckland, New Zealand and while studying was a regular contributor to a number of culture publications including Pavement and Pulp Magazine. In 2006, she co-founded the Show Me Shorts Film Festival, which continues to be held once a year in her home city. This was also the year that she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she worked for three years as an editor of biographical and reference texts.

Kate joined the Art Radar team as a contributor in January 2010, and became Editor in June of the same year.

Click here to read stories written by Kate on Art Radar.

Click here to view Kate Nicholson’s profile on LinkedIn.

Heston HoffmanHeston Hoffman
Copy Editor

Heston was born in Durban, South Africa and studied English at University of Pretoria, where he first gained experience editing theses from various departments as part of an Editing major. In the same year he had poetry published in South African art magazine A Look Away and in Perdeby, the official university newspaper. After graduation, he taught English in Taiwan and Korea where he honed his English grammar skills and developed a keen eye for detail. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon in the United States.

Heston joined the Art Radar team as Copy Editor in August 2010.

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Kate Nicholson
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