Media and Cinema Studies

College of Media


What is Media and Cinema Studies?

Media and Cinema Studies will prepare you for careers in media, information, creative, and visual industries. Students in this major learn to interact with everyday media technologies. Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving. If you join our program, you'll learn how to navigate an ever-changing media landscape both today and in the future. You’ll be able to understand the media you consume as well as produce complex media of your own. You will also have the flexibility to design a path of study based on your own interests and goals.

Career Options

  • Advertising
  • Film
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • News
  • Production
  • Public relations
  • Screen writing
  • Script writing
  • Television
  • Videography

Post-Graduation Success1

74% employed or continuing education

63% employed after graduation

11% attending graduate school

$34,663 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: CBS, BuzzCo, Civic Advisors View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Miami, Graduate School of Library Information Science View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong English and humanities coursework and performance
  • AP English Language or AP English Literature preferred (if available at high school)
  • Experience in newspaper, yearbook, broadcasting, blogging, or using social media for promotion
  • Interest in the connection of film and society. 

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.8 years to degree

92% first-year retention rate

70% four-year graduation rate

80% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,492
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $36,642


  • Tuition: $32,612
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,102


  • Tuition: $33,560
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,050