Television Production Option

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CTVA – Television Production Option

Students selecting the Television Production Option must own or have access to a Mac Book Pro laptop computer.  The latest discounted offerings can be found through the Matador bookstore or a computer store.  Financial Aid may be applied to the purchase of the computer.  Students who take the editing course and/or perform the role of editor in an advanced or senior-thesis television production course must employ the most current version of AVID Media Composer, an external hard drive, a FLASH/Travel Drive and DVDs, which will be necessary for burning projects and for in-class screenings.  The CTVA department does offer a limited number of editing stations on campus, but we are not equipped to provide editing capabilities for all.  Additionally, please note that the department has a limited amount of cameras, lighting and sound equipment that students may use to complete the course work in the Television Production Option.  Consequently, students may be responsible for renting or having access to similar-quality equipment.  Furthermore, please be aware of the fact that assigned creative projects in Television Production Option classes, including the final, senior-thesis project, have costs attached, and all Television Production Option students will be responsible for paying a portion of those costs.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree:

  • All lower and upper division courses taken toward completion of the CTVA major must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Lower division (12 units)

  • CTVA 100 Introduction to Mass Communication Arts (3)
  • CTVA 210 Television-Film Aesthetics (3)
  • CTVA 220 Foundations of Media Writing (3)
  • CTVA 240 Fundamentals of Video Production (3)

Upper Division (33 Units)

Students in the Television Production Option will take 33 upper division units as indicated below:

  • CTVA 305 History of Broadcasting (3)
  • CTVA 340 Advanced Video Audio Production and Editing (3)
  • CTVA 341 Single-Camera Video Production and Editing (3)
  • CTVA 440 Theory and Techniques of TV Directing (3)

One of the following: Skill Area

  • CTVA 342 Digital Cinematography (3)
  • CTVA 352 Nonlinear Digital Editing (3)
  • CTVA 358 Advanced Film Sound (3)
  • CTVA 359 Post Production Sound (3)

One of the following: Critical Reasoning

  • CTVA 301 Design of the Media Message (3)
  • CTVA 319 Criticism in Cinema and TV (3)
  • CTVA 400 Media and Society (3)
  • CTVA 416 Documentary Tradition (3)

One of the following: Senior Level Capstone Production

  • CTVA 441 Directing the TV Documentary (3)
  • CTVA 442 Directing TV Drama/Comedy (3)
  • CTVA 443 Magazine Format Video (3) 

Two of the following:

  • CTVA 327 Writing for Industrial Media (3)
  • CTVA 384 Electronic Media Advertising (3)
  • CTVA 480 Electronic Media Management (3)
  • CTVA 481 Network Practices (3)
  • CTVA 482 Network Program Development (3)
  • CTVA 475 Audience Analysis (3)
  • CTVA 487 Regulation of Electronic Media (3)

Additional Units:

  • Select 6 additional units in CTVA or an allied field, with the approval of an advisor, as prescribed in the official departmental advisement form for Television Production, or CTVA 329C, or CTVA 494C or CTVA 494F.
  • General Education: CTVA 100 can be counted toward GE Lifelong Learning and the major.


  • Total Units in the Option - 45

  • General Education Units - 48

  • Additional Units - 27

  • Total Units Required for a B.A. Degree - 120