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?

The aesthetic, social, political, and economic importance of the photographic image and the cinematic experience in our lives is undeniable. Its presence traverses billboards, television sets, computer screens, printed pages, mobile phones; literally anywhere communication occurs today. Our alumni work in independent and mainstream productions across cinema, television, and photography; join a range of industries and professions, including the digital arts and animation, community development, advertising, and marketing; and go on to pursue higher education in the arts or related fields. 

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.