Welcome to the CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts, located in the heart of the entertainment industry.  With seven 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.

Premiere of Faculty Film

Screen shot from Muslimah's Guide to Marriage
 Muslimah's Guide to Marriage
, a feature written and directed by Aminah Bakkeer Abdul-Jabbaar (Writer/Producer/Director/Professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles) and edited by Rachel Pearl (instructor in the TV Production Option at CSUN), will be premiering on Sunday 2/11/18 at the Pan African Film Festival at 3:45 in the movie theater in Baldwin Hills Plaza.

Muslimah Muhammad, a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim Woman who lives in Inglewood, CA, has seven days and fourteen hours left in her Iddah (Muslim separation) before she will officially be divorced from her cheating husband. Knowing that the divorce would upset her religious father and the local Muslim community, Muslimah works diligently to try to fix her broken marriage before it is too late.

Tickets, Information, Trailer, and additional screenings here:
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/249859029


Audrey Saca with CSU Trustee Jean Picker Firstenberg

Freshman CTVA  Provisional film student Audrey Saca being inspired by CSU Trustee Jean Picker Firstenberg on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at Women in Film and Television: Creating Paths, Sustaining Careers event in the CSUN MCCAMC  Armer Screening Room. 

Film still from THE COUNTER: 1960

One of our current film provisional students - Ashley Jackson, has a film in the Pan African Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival!  She co-produced and co-wrote The Counter: 1960.  This is a great achievement, especially since she is only a sophomore!  The film screens Feb 13th @ 6:25pm  and February 15th @ 3:30 @ Rave Cinemas in Baldwin Hills.  Also screening the 23rd @ Regal Cinemas  LA Live @ 5pm. PRESS KIT (.pdf)


The 5th Element poster-singer performing, title of film, headphones
Also selected to screen at the Pan African Film Festival is The Killing of the 5th Element (66 min.),  a documentary directed by CTVA alum Monique "Moe"  N. Reed.  The film asks the question: Is music just entertainment or a movement that can spark change? The Golden Age of hip-hop with its “consciousness” is regarded as the best era in hip-hop/rap. Diverse artists and academics examine how the music changed and try to answer the question: Why did the knowledge element of Hip Hop get lost from the music?

Premiere:  the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD--4020 Marlton Ave--Los Angeles, CA 90008 on Fri, Feb16 @ 09:10pm and Mon, Feb 19 @ 4pm
More info at https://www.paff.org/films/#!/film/the_killing_of_the_5th_element

 CTVA alumnus Jacquil Constant's Film, "Haiti is a Nation of Artists," is an official selection in the 2018 Pan African Film Festival!

Hollywood Foreign Press News

Allison Bird, Amanda Derzy and Robert Ahn posing in front of Golden Globe Awards banner
Our three CTVA Golden Globe interns--Allison Bird, Amanda Derzy and Robert Ahn (HFPA Scholar)--were responsible for the official social media for the Golden Globes broadcast on January 7.  (Read more about these students)

Nate Thomas and Thelma Vickroy
Professor Nate Thomas and CTVA Chair Thelma Vickroy attending the 2018 Golden Globes Award ceremony.  

Todd Holmes and Thelma Vickroy
Entertainment Media Management Professor Todd Holmes and CTVA Chair Thelma Vickroy attending the National Association of Television Producers and Executives annual conference in Miami. Florida January 2018. 

CTVA 384 Electronic Media Advertising class with guest lecturer, Jessica Farr

On 2/1/18, Jessica Farr (NBC Universal, Compliance Manager for International Distribution of "E" Network programming) was the guest lecturer for Professor Jeff Gilbert's course CTVA 384--Electronic Media Advertising.

  CTVA alumna Keri Selig's latest achievement:  a nomination from the Canadian Academy of Film and Television for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Limited Series or Program for The Kennedys: After Camelot.


Featured Alum: Glenn Gainor

The Wang Award