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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

Spring is always a busy time in C&P.   This year we celebrate 40 years of the Big Muddy Film Festival (screenings at various venues around town) and 26 years of the Annual Department of Cinema and Photography Exhibit at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL.

Photogenesis is proud to host Justyna Badach as Visiting Artist and juror for Lux Badach will present her series, Bachelor Portraits on February 28th, 5:30-6:45 in Communications 1116 (aka Soundstage).

Reggie Brown, SIUC alum and former Black Panther member spoke on his book, A View from the Inside: On the Front Line of Afro-American Liberation (Saluki Publications, 2017), recounting his days at SIUC and life subsequently.  Feb. 9th, Guyon Auditorium Morris library, 6-8 PM.  Our current students at WSIU River Region Evening News report here

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More C&P Happenings

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