Cinema and Photography About Us

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Photo class reviewing prints.

About Us

Our Mission

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.

Our Location

We are located in Carbondale, a university town in Southern Illinois, right next to the Shawnee National forest and Giant City Park. It is an area of stunning natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and a powerful history of people’s struggles including labor and the Civil Rights movement. The cost of living is much cheaper than on an urban  private campus, while the intellectual life is rich and varied with a busy calendar of on-campus events and activities. We attract faculty and students from all over the world, making Carbondale into one of the most diverse places in the region. St. Louis and Chicago are easily accessible, expanding our cultural horizons.