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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.

C&P Happenings

Film Fridays, September 22: Screening My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2008) and discussion with Jennida Chase.  Communications 1116, 4:00-6PM.

Film Fridays, September 29:  Film Screenings:  Animation Shorts.  Communications 1116, 4:00-6PM PM.  Michele Leigh

Film Fridays, October 13:  Screenings of a selection of films from Radical Media Conference held in New York in summer 2017.  Communications 1116, 4-6PM.  Angela Aguayo

Visiting Artist, October 30: Preston Rescigno,  Photographer whose work explores the ephemeral and ethereal, using the smartphone’s ability to record moving and still images and sound.  His work deals with the traditional still image, as well as new ways images are now consumed in emerging media such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.  Communications 1116: 7PM.

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