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.
Dr. Brookes lecturing on March 7 on 'I used to be your sweet mama': Beyoncé at the Crossroads of Blues and Conjure in Lemonade.
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.
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)
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!
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
In 2012, with her parents’ encouragement, Karasik started her own media company, TLKmultimedia. The firm helps individuals with their photography, filming and media consulting needs and provides training for individuals learning to be technologically savvy with Apple products. She previously had worked at other media companies and decided that she was more than capable of running her own business. Read more
Like many children growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, Klim Shipenko was fascinated by outer space. But, unlike his peers, he wasn’t fascinated by the stars or the planets — he was captivated by “the unsolved mystery of space,” he said.“[My] imagination was drawing images of what might be there, beyond the black mass. Read more
María Elena de las Carreras, a lecturer in CTVA since 1999, has been involved in two projects funded by the Getty Institute, part of the Southern California-wide program Pacific Standard Time: Latin America in Los Angeles (PST LA/LA), running until the end of the year. Read more
Of the 1,586 films submitted to the 44th annual Student Academy Awards, only 85 — or 5 percent — advanced to the semifinals. Two of those films were made by students in California State University, Northridge’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA). Read more
In its second annual list, TheWrap rates the institutions that will help launch the entertainment industry’s future. Read more
Guests were treated to a never-before-assembled panel of revered HFPA journalists and presidents of the organization, moderated by Jenna Elfman, in recognition of the continued partnership between the two institutions. Read more
(Story reposted from goldenglobes.com) On September 15, in recognition of the grants which have allowed for the awarding of 172 student fellowships to date and the upgrading of school materials including state of the art editing suites, CSUN celebrated the naming of the South Wing of Manzanita Hall, which houses the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, in honor of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Read more
(Story reposted from broadwayworld.com) President Harrison continued saying, "for their desire to make positive change in the face of entertainment, celebrate diversity and offer opportunity for underrepresented students to have a chance to pursue a career in entertainment, I applaud the HFPA and acknowledge the university's gratitude for all your philanthropy has accomplished." Read more