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.

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!

  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