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.
California State University, Northridge film professor Nate Thomas’ dedication to his students and the craft of movie making is being recognized by the California State University with one of the system’s highest honors for faculty and staff — the Wang Family Excellence Award. Read more
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