Communications, Media Arts & Theatre

Meet our CMAT Alumni

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 Digital Cinema students on the set of the original TV pilot The Chill.


Digital Cinema students filming the original TV pilot The Chill.

The Department of Communications, Media Arts and Theatre (CMAT) offers you the opportunity to prepare for a career in a variety of fields including Public Relations, Radio, Television, Performance, Digital Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Media Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Directing, Acting and Audio.


CMAT Alumni Stories 

CMAT graduates are working at national and local media companies including WVON, Crawford Broadcasting, Power92, Flowers Communications, Publicis Media Groupe and NBC Universal. Our alumni have been accepted to the top graduate schools in the country including USC and AFI.  Interested students can call the CMAT office to receive further information or to schedule a campus tour. Please call (773) 995-2280 to enroll. 

Angela Latimer


CMAT alumna, Angela Latimer, film editor, at the LA premiere of "Road to the Well."

After graduating from the CMAT program Angela Latimer received a scholarship to enroll in one of the top ranked graduate film schools in the country, the American Film Institute. It was at CSU where she gained an interest in editing. After finishing, Angela teamed up with director and fellow CMAT graduate, Derek Dow, who, at the time, had just finished a feature film that premiered at the Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival. Together they took on projects like music videos, documentaries and short films. They also took a liking to competing in video competitions. The two won Ford Fiesta’s video competition where their work would be seen on Ford’s National website. Angela now works as a professional editor for clients such as Paramount Studios in LA.


Award-Winning Faculty

Study with faculty who are among the best in their fields, including Christine Houston (NAACP Image Award for the NBC sitcom "227"),  Kamesha Khan (African American Theatre Alliance Award), Alvin Daniels (Hollywood Black Film Festival) and Christine List (Diversity in Cannes Film Festival).


Professor Khan


 Professor Khan, Director of CSU Theatre & Best Director, African American Theatre Alliance



CMAT students can apply for competitive academic scholarships. Other opportunities include paid internships, work-study, as well as federal and state grants.

CMAT students at the WCSU Launch Party


Yomi Adekahunsi, CMAT major and winner of the NBC Universal Scholarship.



Our students have been placed with major corporations such as Apple, NBC, Fox, Clear Channel, Crawford Broadcasting, Judge Mathis, WBEZ, WTTW, Burrell Communications, BET, B96, ESPN, ETA Creative Arts Foundation and Black Ensemble Theatre, among many other media, theatre and PR organizations. CSU is also a community partner with the Cinecares Foundation, which places students in paid internships with network shows such as "Chicago PD" being shot at Cinespace Studios.

CMAT students receive Cinespace Internship


Sheila Brown, Former Executive Director of the CineCares Foundation with CMAT students Rhonda Nunn and Armani Winston awarded paid internships on "Chicago Med" and "Chicago PD" at Cinespace Studios.


CSU Theatre

CSU Theatre mounts a fall and spring production. For more information contact us at (773) 995-2280.

The cast of Blues for an Alabama Sky produced by CSU Theatre.

Scene from the Ten Minute Play Festival produced by CSU Theatre. 


WCSU Radio

Students can apply to be on the air or participate in the management side of radio. Our graduates are working in the Chicago radio market including at WVON, Power 92 and Clear Channel.

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WCSU iHeart Radio staff 



Enroll in the CSU-TV Practicum to gain experience in producing multicam TV including news and sports broadcasting. 





For more information contact:

Dr. Christine List, Chairperson

Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre

Chicago State University

Phone: (773) 995-2280