Chicago State University
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Communications, Media Arts & Theatre   (CMAT)

TV Pilot Shoot 

                Digital Cinema students on the set of 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 Management, Directing, Acting and Audio.

 

 

Marshaun Robinson Emmy

 CMAT alumnus, Marshaun Robinson, winner of an Emmy for Sound.

 

CMAT graduates are working at Fox News, Harpo, Judge Mathis, Clear Channel, Flowers Communications and at other national media companies. Our alumni have been accepted to the top graduate schools in the country including USC, UCLA 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."

 

CMAT Alumni Stories

 

After graduating from the CMAT program Angela Latimer received a scholarship to enroll in one of the top ranked graduate film school 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. Derek Dow is also in Hollywood. After graduating with a MFA from the prestigious School of Cinema Arts at USC, Derek continued to direct his own projects. His films can be seen on HBO-Go and Aspire.

 

Derek Dow

CMAT alumnus Derek Dow at the premiere of his film opening night at the the Gene Siskel Film Center.

 

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

 

Scholarships

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.

 

 

Internships

Our students have been placed with major corporations such as NBC, Fox, Clear Channel, Judge Mathis, WBEZ, WTTW, Burrell Communications, BET, B96, Big Ten Network and ETA Creative Arts Foundation and Black Ensemble Theatre, among many other media, theatre and PR organizations.

 

Sam Franklin at the Thurgood Marshall ConferenceCMAT students receive Cinespace Internship

Left: CMAT alumnus, Sam Franklin, was awarded the BET Louis Carr Foundation paid summer internship in New York City . Right: Sheila Brown, 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.

wcsu radio

 

 

CSU TV 

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

 

CSU TV News

 

For more information contact:

Christine List

Chairperson

Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre

Chicago State University

773-995-2280

clist@csu.edu