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 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