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.
CTVA MANDATORY ADVISEMENT FOR FALL 2015
ALL CTVA STUDENTS, except those in the Grad Program, have enrollment holds and must attend one advisement session in order to enroll for Fall 2015 classes. *
All freshmen currently in their first semester must receive advisement at the Mike Curb College Student Resource Center/EOP Office, NH 135. Any freshmen admitted Fall 2014 (students entering their third semester) must receive advisement from Kathleen McWilliams (e-mail request to email@example.com, include ID # and phone).
* EOP/Probation/APA students have additional advisement requirements. Please check with the Mike Curb College Student Resource Center/EOP Office: NH 135, 818-677-2024. All other CTVA majors must receive advisement from faculty by attending one of these option-specific sessions: (READ MORE ABOUT ADVISEMENT)
California State University, Northridge has been named among the top 40 film schools in the world in the latest issue of Variety. The magazine also included four CSUN film students on its “students to watch” list. Read more
John Hampian ’05 (Cinema and Television Arts) worked his way up from an unpaid assistant on Entertainment Tonight to production coordinator for one of the most acclaimed shows in recent American TV history, Mad Men. Read more
The Department of Cinema and Television Arts honored some of their brightest and most talented students at their annual CTVA Scholarship and Awards Banquet Read more
When students were seated inside VPAC for James Franco’s “Big Lecture,” a short compilation of video featuring some of Franco’s most famous acting moments played on screen. After a warm introduction, Franco was welcomed to the stage by a sea of applause. Read more
M.F.A. Screenwriting student Lara Ameen shared a filmed lecture on characters with disabilities at the Writers Guild of America's Writers with Disabilities Committee meeting on Friday, February 27th in Hollywood. Read more
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