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 and 4K digital cinema equipment, Adobe Creative Suite edit stations as well as audio production suites. Student produced programming is showcased on WCSU-Radio, a 24-hour iHeart Radio 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, ESPN Television, Chicago Sun Times, WGN Radio, Media Process Group, The TI and Tiny Show, The Judge Mathis Show, WYCC, Apple, BET, Chicago Office of Cable Communications, Showcase Television, Chicago Cable Access Corporation, B96 Radio among others. Students can also apply for an internship in Los Angeles, Atlanta 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 and CSU-Theater. For information call 773-995-2280.