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School of Media Arts

The School of Media Arts (SoMA) offers undergraduate BA degrees in Radio, Television, and Digital Media, and in Cinema, as well as a graduate MFA degree in Mass Communication and Media Arts. With areas of study, including cinematic arts, screenwriting, sports media production, animation and game design, and audio arts.

Students begin with two semesters of foundations courses taught by top faculty. The best possible introduction to every area of study. An immediate peer group of fellow students sharing the same experiences. A chance to explore your options and discover new career dreams. A safe place for challenging and critical thinking for developing your creative process. To begin the communication and collaboration skills that build careers.

Our faculty and students engage with emerging and traditional media; the still and moving image, screenwriting, audio arts,  sound engineering, animation, game design, internet art, VR/AR, 3D fabrication, performance, installation, and the creative use of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Facilities

Emerging Media Studios
3D printers, VR Headsets, Electronics for physical computing, and the creative use of Artificial intelligence (AI)

Animation and Game Design Studio
Alienware computers with the latest professional software including Maya, Blender, and Unity

Analog Media Studios
16 mm film, traditional sound recording include cutting vinyl records and magnetic tape, Anechoic Chamber, providing a completely noise-free environment for audio arts projects traditional cel based animation on the Oxberry

Video/Audio Post-Production Studios
Latest professional software including Adobe Premiere and the entire Creative Suite, Protools, Ableton Live

Multi-Purpose Studios
Northlight Studio, a 2400 square foot studio allowing for collaborative group projects
Cinema Soundstage, flexible studio for lighting demos, directing, and cinematography
Open Studio, a space for students to bring their laptops and work.

Equipment Checkout Room
Students have access to a variety of audio/video equipment necessary for their classes. 

Access to Adobe Creative Suite
All students are provided access to Adobe Creative Suite for use on their own laptops.

Scholarships

Ralph E. Becker Scholarship
Robert Dennis Scholarship
Kolb Creative Media Art Scholarship
Randy Daniels Minority Scholarship
MORE.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS

STUDENT GROUPS
Movie Camera Movement
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CATdawg Studios
Cult of Media
DigiDawg Records
Musicians United
Black Art and Film
 
INTERNSHIPS
Recent internships have taken our students to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, and other major cities. Internships also available locally.

 

Contact Information

Robert Spahr
Director
Associate Professor
1056 B Comm Bldg
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901
Ph: 618-453-6992
rspahr@siu.edu

Todd Robinson
Advisor
1121 Comm Bldg
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901
Ph: 618-453-6232
toddrobinson@siu.edu