Special Announcements

Congratulations to the Class of 2021

To the graduates of the College of Staten Island Class of 2021:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Media Culture, I offer hearty congratulations to those of you who have earned the Bachelor of Art's degree in Cinema Studies, the Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, or the Master of Arts degree in Cinema and Media Studies. In a year like none other, you have reached this milestone with grace, grit and wit. We are so pleased to read your names and  honor those who are receiving departmental awards and CSI Film Festival Awards. Click here for video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf7b-ZdFc14See the full list here​.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all faculty and staff are telecommuting.  Students seeking advisement should contact their assigned advisor (listed in CUNYFirst) by email.

For help with other dept. business please contact CUNY Administrative Assistant Gary Pizzolo at Gary.Pizzolo@csi.cuny.edu

The Film/Video Lab and Design and Digital Media Lab will begin reopening in the fall of 2021.  Details to follow.

The Film/Video Lab Cage (1P-122) is closed in summer of 2021

During the fall 2021 semester the lab will offer tutoring and equipment loans to eligible students enrolled in Cinema Production courses.  Please check back then for details on lab resources and how to access them.

For any questions regarding the labs please email mediaculturelabs@csi.cuny.edu.

The Design and Digital Media Lab (1P-231) is closed in summer of 2021

During the fall 2021 semester the lab will offer remote tutoring sessions to students enrolled in COM/DDM courses.  Please check back then for details on lab/tutoring resources and how to access them.

For any questions regarding the labs please email mediaculturelabs@csi.cuny.edu.

Advising for Fall 2021

Registration for the Fall 2021 Spring Semester begins April 6. Registration for Summer 2021 is ongoing. Your faculty advisor can remove advising stops, help you choose classes, and make sure that you are on track to fulfill degree requirements. Click here for tips on preparing for advisement

Media Culture Department Overview

The Department of Media Culture is committed to providing students with a critical understanding of film, media, and communications. We integrate studies in history, theory, and criticism with practical experiences in production technique and creativity as well as external field experience, allowing our undergraduate majors to specialize in cinema studies or film and television production, media studies, corporate communications, journalism, or design and digital media.

What are some obtainable jobs with degrees in Communications or Cinema Studies?
  • Careers in Journalism for Radio, TV, Print, Digital, and Sports Media
  • Film, Television, Radio, Documentary, and Podcast Production
  • Digital Arts including Graphic Design, Photo Editing, and Layout Artist
  • Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Brand Development, Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media Strategy
  • Web Development, and Web Design
  • Video Editing, Camera Operations, Cinematography, Sound Editing/Mixing, and Lighting Design
View all courses in College Catalog

Media Culture Faculty & Staff

Full Time Faculty

Grant, Emmanuel
Senior College Laboratory Technician

Hager, Steven
College Assistant

Lovell, Mitchell
College Laboratory Technician

Neuner Fabiano, Rosemary
College Assistant

Pizzolo, Gary
CUNY Administrative Assistant



  • Cogan, Brian 
  • Couchman, Jeffrey 
  • Dougherty, Cecilia 
  • Eppert, Nicholas
  • Fioravante, Janice
  • Fischetti, Michael
  • Fotsch, Paul
  • Hager, Steven 
  • Hammad, Omar 
  • Hedditch, Emma 
  • Johnson, Emma 
  • Kenny, James 
  • Kovacs, Rachel
  • Lee, Austin 
  • Palladino, Andrew 
  • Palmieri, Susan 
  • Polo, Niberca 
  • Richardson, Zardon
  • Sakhaeifar, Farideh
  • Saputo, Doug
  • Wang, Jing
  • Yakobzon, Erica 

Congratulations to Professor Valerie Tevere and Associate Professor Racquel Gates

Professor Tevere, in collaboration with Angel Nevarez, is the recipient of a 2020 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award in Fine Arts. Tevere and Nevarez also received a 2019-20 Harpo Foundation New Work Project Grant for their work-in-progress A Slow Dropping, a sonic exploration of the New Orleans Musicians’ Village.   

Harpo Foundation New York Project Grant.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award in Fine Arts 

Dr. Gates has been named a 2020 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award, from the Academy’s Educational Grants Committee, will support ongoing work on her second book, Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness, a critical look at film aesthetics and images of blackness in film and television. Dr. Gates recently contributed the column “The Problem with 'Anti-Racist’ Movie Lists” to The New York Times op-ed page.

Academy Film Scholar

The Problem with ‘Anti-Racist’ Movie Lists