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.
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.
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.
Students must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Film and Digital Media scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.
Apply for a Scholarship
If you wish to interview for a Film and Digital Media scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance, please select an interview date within your application for admission to ISU. Prior to your interview date, please upload the following within your portal:
- A resume detailing your film/video experience (production, directing, writing, etc.).
- A recent photo.
- A one-page typed essay describing your interests in film/video.
Please come to the interview prepared to discuss your essay, your experiences in film/video, and any additional experiences you may have had working with young people. (Note that your essay for a Film and Digital Media scholarship is separate from any personal statement required by the Office of Admissions.)
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.