Welcome to the CSUN Department of Cinema of Television Arts, located in the heart of the entertainment industry. With eight programs of study, CTVA offers unparalleled opportunities for academic and professional training in a richly diverse environment.
Our faculty bring extensive professional experience to the classrooms, studios and labs, and are committed to instilling the knowledge, expertise, creative and analytical skills that will allow students to achieve their goals in the fields of television, film and new media.
We are housed in Manzanita Hall, designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern. Our facilities are industry-standard and include film and television sound stages, post-production and mixing suites, a new media lab, a digital visual effects and animation suite, and the 130-seat Armer Theater. The CSUN Cinematheque regularly programs film series and other screenings and events in the Armer.
CTVA alumni work in every facet of the entertainment industry. Extensive relationships with studios, networks, production companies and other organizations provide students with access to internships, jobs and other collaborative opportunities.
CSUN is also home to the new Valley Performing Arts Center, which, with its vibrant and eclectic performance program, has quickly become the intellectual and cultural center of the San Fernando Valley.
ATTENTION CTVA STUDENTS
If you took a course at another college that is the equivalent of a CTVA lower-division core course, and if that course taken elsewhere is not recognized by SOLAR as the prerequisite for an upper-division CTVA course that you are eligible to take next semester, please follow the instructions below:
The senior film project "Diana Leigh" which screened at the 2014 Senior Film Showcase this past May will be awarded a 'Jury Award' to CTVA 2014 alum Stephanie Hoston in the African American Filmmaker's Category at the 20th Annual Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards Ceremony. This will take place at 7:30pm, Thursday, November 6th at the DGA National Headquarters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046. Congrats to all the faculty and staff that had a part in making this film a success. Read more
Eric Edson, professor and the director of the graduate program in screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, has been named one of the top 15 art professors in Los Angeles by The Art Career Project experts. Read more
California State University, Northridge graduate student Matt Young spent the past week at the Sundance Institute in Utah, putting in long nights and getting into deep discussions with some of Hollywood’s top television writers and producers about an idea he has for a television show.
Young, a candidate for a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting in CSUN’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts, was one of only 10 writers from across the country selected to take part in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Episodic Story Lab. The lab is the institute’s first program for emerging writers creating series for television and online platforms…. Read more
Students who are approaching graduation will inevitably find professional experience, whether it’s paid or not, is absolutely essential to reaching their career aspirations. You have to check off all the right kind of boxes and no field is more difficult to break into than the film industry. Read more
California State University, Northridge has been named one of the top 25 film schools in the country in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Read more