Cinema and Photography | SIU

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Department of Cinema and Photography

We offer an interdisciplinary media arts education that is grounded in and leaps off  the art of the still and moving image. 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 photographic image and the cinematic experience in our lives is undeniable. It traverses billboards, television sets, computer screens, printed pages, and mobile phones; and industries and preofesisons, 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.