The Department of Communications, Media Arts and Theatre 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 and Acting.
Our graduates are working at Fox News, Harpo, Judge Mathis, Clear Channel, Flowers Communications, among other national media companies, and our alumni have been accepted to the top
graduate schools in the country. Interested students can call the CMAT office to receive
further information or to schedule a campus tour. Please call 773-995-2280 to apply.
TV news journalist and producer Malissa Wright was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised
in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Chicago State University where she majored in Communications,
Media & Theater.Malissa was a reporter for Chicago State’s television news program,
CSU-TV. While in school she worked at WFLD-TV as a web producer and production assistant.After
graduating, Malissa headed to Alpena, Michigan, where she worked as a anchor and reporter
for the ABC, FOX and CBS affiliates.Malissa loves telling stories that really make
an impact on people and can bring about tremendous change.Malissa is a active member
of the National Association of Black Journalists.
AFI-MFA graduate scholarship winner Angela Latimer grew up in Chicago IL. She graduated
from Chicago State University with a B.A. in Communications Media Arts and Theatre.
It was there in which she gained an interest in editing. After undergrad Angela chose
to focus more on editing and freelance work. She teamed up with director and CMAT
graduate, Derek “Pretty Boy” Dow, who, at the time, had just finished a feature film
that was excelling in 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 2011 video competition
where their work would be seen on Ford’s National website. Angela now attends grad
school at American Film Institute in Los Angeles California. Growing up in a lower
middle class family of ten children this was a dream come true for Angela. Her dream
was taken a step further when she recently was awarded a scholarship from Tom Yoda
in the amount of $10,000 as well as a scholarship from Verizon Wireless in the amount
Study with faculty who are among the best in their fields, including Herb Kent (V103
Radio), Christine Houston (NAACP Image Award) Kamesha Khan (AA Arts Alliance Award)
and Don Winter (Emmy Award).
In 2013, CSU made $90,000 in scholarships available for CMAT students including renewable
scholarships for incoming freshmen. Other opportunities include paid internships,
work-study, as well as federal and state grants.
CMAT senior, Yomi Adekahunsi, winner of the NBC-Universal scholarship.
Our students are placed with major corporations such as NBC, Fox, Clear Channel, Judge
Mathis, WBEZ, WTTW, Jerry Thomas Public Relations, BET, B96, Big Ten Network and ETA
Creative Arts Foundation.
CMAT senior, Sam Franklin,, awarded the BET Louis Carr Foundation paid summer internship
in New York City.
The cast of Blues for an Alabama Sky produced by CSU Theatre.