The Department of Communications, Media Arts and Theatre (CMAT) provides training
for students in fields such as acting, radio, television, screenwriting, public relations,
communication studies, digital filmmaking and multimedia. Our faculty bring a mix
of research and industry experience to the curriculum with the goal of arming students
with strong written and oral communication skills along with state of the art technical
skills to meet the needs of the communications industry.
Our facilities include an HD television studio and radio station, HDV field production
packages, HDV digital cinema equipment, a complete suite of Avid Media Composer video
edit stations as well as audio and graphics production suites. Student produced programming
is showcased on WCSU-Radio, a 24-hour iHeart Radio station and CSU-TV, our 24-hour IP-TV station.
Students in our program have received interships at media corporations throughout
the region. Here are just a few of the internship opportunities our students have
pursued: NBC Television, Fox Television, ABC Television, CBS Television, CLTV, WBEZ
Radio, WGCI AM Radio, WGCI FM Radio, KISS-FM Radio, Sports Radio, ESPN Television,
Chicago Sun Times, WGN Radio, Northwest Teleproductions, Chicago Office of Cable Communications,
Showcase Television, Chicago Cable Access Corporation, WVAZ Radio. Students can also
apply for an internship in Los Angeles or New York. For more information contact 773-995-2280.
Our students have won numerous awards and scholarships including the Robert Guillaume
Scriptwriting Award, The Women in Film and Television Award, The Chicago Association
of Black Journalists Scholarship, Black United Front Award, the Screening Prize from
the Chicago International Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award from the Black
Harvest International Festival of Film and Video.
Students are encouraged to gain experience through participation in one of our many
student clubs: CSU-TV, WCSU-Radio, Chicago Association of Black Journalists, Publicity
Club, CSU Broadcast Education Association and CSU-Theater. For information call 773-995-2280.
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