Film and Digital Media
The Film and Digital Media curriculum integrate creative hands-on experience with a fundamental education in film aesthetics, history, and theory.
The interdisciplinary program provides a variety of courses in related fields including theatre, film, video, and arts technology. You'll have great flexibility to choose courses tailored to your career interests, such as critical studies, film and video production, directing, and screenwriting.
Point of Pride
Students write, create, direct, and produce their original work. They collaborate and take leadership in individual and thesis projects. Production students have the opportunity to work closely with theatre acting majors. Critical studies and creative writing students present their work at local and regional symposiums.
Why study Film and Digital Media?
Film was arguably the most important art form of the 20th century. Everybody went to the movies. In the 21st century, film and digital media are changing. Online videos go viral. Feature films have been shot with cell phones. Green screens and CGI are used to shape intimate scenes or explore imaginary worlds.
At the same time, the basic elements of moving picture art remain unchanged: visual storytelling, dramatic performances, expressive editing, creative recording of sounds, and a direct link between the medium and the “real world” it captures. And behind it all there is still a person with a camera and a vision.
The Film and Digital Media program invites you to explore traditional and new realms, enrich your experience of viewing American and international films, and nurture your vision of creating visual art. The integration of production training and academic education will prepare you for an exciting journey of realizing your artistic vision in powerful performances, sounds and images.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships.
Audition and Enrollment Process
- Apply to Illinois State University
- Choose an audition/interview date
- Upload any required materials to your application
- Receive a confirmation email from School of Theatre and Dance
- Attend audition/interview
- Receive a decision within two weeks
- Submit your enrollment deposit and become a Redbird
Scholarship notification will take place the first week of March.
If you would like to audit a class via Zoom, meet with faculty, or if you have a question about the enrollment process, email Cristen Monson.
The School of Theatre and Dance applies the same academic standards as those required for admission to Illinois State University. There is no separate SAT/ACT or GPA requirement for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.
Any student accepted by Illinois State University may declare a major in Film and Digital Media. No audition or interview is required, although Film and Digital Media majors may arrange an interview for departmental scholarship consideration.
You must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Film and Digital Media scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.
Interview for a Scholarship
On your interview day, you will attend a synchronous interview with Film and Digital Media faculty.
There will be a brief meeting of all those interviewing. Faculty and administration will introduce themselves and answer questions.
While waiting for your interview, you will be sent to a waiting room where current students will talk about the program and answer questions. Individual interviews take place in the order the application is received.
During the interview with faculty, you will be asked to talk about your interest in this program, your experience in film/video and theatre, a film and a play you enjoyed, involvement in extracurricular or leadership activities, your expectations, and plans.
2020-2021 Interview Dates
November 7: Theatre and Dance
January 16: Theatre only
February 13: Theatre and Dance
February 20: Theatre only
Requirements for Film and Digital Media Program Consideration
- Upload a resume of relevant theatre or film experience
- Upload a recent photo to SLATE application.
- Option 1: submit a 1-10-minute video of your work to the SLATE application.
- Option 2: Upload a 2-page film review to the SLATE application. The materials should be submitted three days before the interview for faculty to view.
Deadlines and Review Dates
Students are accepted into the Film and Digital Media major contingent on admission to Illinois State University.
School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.