Cinema and Photography | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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Department of Cinema and Photography

We offer an interdisciplinary education in cinema and photography that is grounded in the fine arts and the humanities. 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 making a difference to the world we live in. The aesthetic, social, political, and economic importance of the cinematic and photographic arts in our lives is undeniable. It traverses billboards, television sets, computer screens, printed pages, and mobile phones; and industries, including media, arts, community development, advertising, and marketing.

Mission Statement

The Department of Cinema and Photography offers undergraduate and graduate courses in the history, theory, criticism, and production of cinema, photography, and digital arts.  Our educational orientation features a holistic, arts and humanities understanding of media as social and cultural practice. We are committed to graduating critical, original, and socially responsible artists and scholars who, as global citizens, can imagine and produce alternatives in media theory and practice. We are dedicated to fostering a creative and intellectual climate of active engagement and support for faculty and students.