SIU Cinema and Photography Program

Southern Illinois University



College of Arts and Media

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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.  


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 professions, 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. 



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