Department of Cinema & Television Arts


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 Elaine and Alan Armer Screening Room.  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.


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:

1. Send email

Send an email to with “REGISTRATION” in the subject line.

2. State who you are

State your: FULL NAME, STUDENT ID NUMBER, OPTION you are in.

3. Include courses

Include the course or courses you took that have not articulated. Include an unofficial transcript with the request if the course [or courses] doesn’t show up on your DPR.

4. Include course and class number

Put the three digit CTVA COURSE NUMBER and the five digit CTVA CLASS ID NUMBER of the course(s) you want to enroll in.

The CTVA Department will get back to you as soon as possible. Please send your request a day or two before your registration appointment.

*CTVA Students who took JOUR 100 or CTVA 196DF must follow the instructions above. Please state in the e-mail that you are enrolled in or have already taken JOUR 100 or CTVA 196DF in STEP THREE.

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CSUN Documentary Thesis Film “#2276” Selected as a Finalist for the Student Academy Award

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Three CSUN Films to Air on PBS SoCal/KCET “Fine Cut Festival of Films”

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EVENT POSTPONED Join us for a conversation with broadcaster Enrique Acevedo

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Jared Rappaport

Department Chair

Manzanita Hall 195
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8311

  • Phone: (818) 677-3192
  • Fax: (818) 677-4919

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