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College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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Department of Cinema and Photography

We offer an interdisciplinary media arts education that leaps off the still and moving image to engage fully with contemporary arts and media practices.  We believe in a rigorous education whose goal is to produce critically aware, historically grounded, globally conscious, and skilled media makers who are unafraid of independent thinking and new media technologies, and seek to make meaningful and powerful interventions in the world.  

Why Now?

This is an exciting time to explore the still and moving image as a springboard to developing your expressive voice, creative vision, and a way to make a difference in the world we live in. The aesthetic, social, political, and economic importance of the photographic image and the cinematic experience in our lives is undeniable. It traverses billboards, television sets, computer screens, printed pages, and mobile phones; arts practices that cross theater, performance and sound; and industries and profesisons, that include media, arts, community development, advertising, and marketing.  Our faculty and students work in still photography, film, video, computational arts, animation, screenwriting, performance, and installation.  Our students pick from one of three specializations -- cinema, photography, and media arts

C&P Happenings

Cade Bursell (Professor, Cinema and Photography) opens Arboreal: A work in progress installation in the C&P Art Gallery, March 21st to mark the International Day of Forests.  Exhibit to continue till March 31st. Meet the artist at work, bring your stories on paper or pics to be sewn into a book: 3/24 & 3/27: 3-4 PM, 3/29 12-1:00 PM, 3/30 1-2 PM;  Reception, 3/23:  6:30-9:00 PM. 

Our Spring series of Film Fridays begins with Associate Professor, Sarah Lewison (Radio TV Digital Media) presenting on two films by Terence Nance: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2013) and They Charge for the Sun (2016). Friday, March 23rd Communications 1116, 4-6PM

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More C&P Happenings

In the Path of Totality:  Images from the 2017 eclipse.