UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2020-2021

Program: B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Television Production

Program Description

The Television Production option includes the development, preproduction, production and postproduction techniques for narrative or documentary television formats—encompassing producing, directing and all other creative aspects of studio and field production.

Program Requirements

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

Students must also submit a TV Production Portfolio. Upon approval of the portfolio by the CTVA faculty and the successful completion of all lower division requirements, a student may continue with upper division TV Production courses as a CTVA TV Production option major in either the Scripted Narrative Pathway or the Documentary Pathway.

1. Lower Division Common Core (12 units)

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

Select one of the following production courses (3 units):

CTVA 240 Fundamentals of Video Production (3)
CTVA 250 Fundamentals of Film Production (3)
CTVA 260 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (3)

2. Upper Division Common Core (12 units)

History

Select one of the following courses (3 units):

CTVA 305 History of Broadcasting (3)
CTVA 310 History of American Cinema (3)

Criticism

Students must take the following course (3 units):

CTVA 319 Criticism in Cinema and Television Arts (3)

Entertainment Management

Select one of the following courses (3 units):

CTVA 351 Anatomy of Film Producing (3)
CTVA 480 Electronic Media Management (3)
CTVA 482 Network Program Development (3)
CTVA 487 Social Controls and Regulation of Electronic Media (3)

Professional Preparation

Select one of the following courses (3 units):

CTVA 329A/B or CTVA 329C Program Production (3)
CTVA 494A/B Internship (1/2)

3. Scripted Narrative Pathway (21 units)

A. Scripted Narrative Core Requirements (12 units):

CTVA 340 Advanced Video Production and Editing (3)
CTVA 341 Single Camera Television Production (3)
CTVA 346 Episodic Television Production (3)
CTVA 442 Television Thesis Production (3)

B. Take one of the following courses according to skill emphasis (3 units):

Cinematography (3 units)

CTVA 342 Digital Cinematography (3)

Sound (3 units)

CTVA 343 Television Production Sound (3)

Editing (3 units)

CTVA 352 Nonlinear Digital Editing (3)

Producing (3 units)

CTVA 455 Principles of Production Management (3)

C. Take two of the following courses (6 units):

CTVA 359 Postproduction Sound Design for Film and Electronic Media (3)
CTVA 422 Writing the Episodic Series (3)
CTVA 440 Theory and Techniques of TV Directing (3)
CTVA 475 Audience Analysis
CTVA 480 Electronic Media Management (3)
CTVA 481 Network Practices (3)
CTVA 482 Network Program Development (3)
CTVA 487 Social Controls and Regulation of Electronic Media (3)

4. Documentary Pathway (21 units)

A. Documentary Core Requirements (15 units):

CTVA 301 Design of the Media Message (3)
CTVA 331 Producing the Documentary (3)
CTVA 341 Single Camera Television Production (3)
CTVA 416 The Documentary Tradition in Film and Video (3)
CTVA 441 Directing the TV Documentary (3)

B. Take one of the following courses according to skill emphasis (3 units):

Cinematography

CTVA 342 Digital Cinematography (3)

Sound

CTVA 343 Television Production Sound (3)

Editing

CTVA 352 Nonlinear Digital Editing (3)

Producing

CTVA 455 Principles of Production Management (3)

C. Additional Elective Units (3 units):

Select 3 additional units in CTVA or an allied field, with the approval of an advisor, as prescribed in the official departmental advisement form for Documentary Pathway.

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
6 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: CTVA 210 satisfies C1 Arts; and CTVA 100 satisfies E Lifelong Learning and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 45

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 30

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120

Contact

Department of Cinema and Television Arts
Chair: Dianah Wynter
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 195
(818) 677-3192

CTVA Advisor: (818) 677-3192 or ctva411@csun.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program of study, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyze the fundamental components and aesthetics of audiovisual storytelling.
  2. Develop and write scripts for fiction and nonfiction audiovisual productions.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of historical, cultural, critical, theoretical and emergent aspects of media arts.
  4. Demonstrate the skills necessary to manage entertainment business structures and to produce, research, and/or present an entertainment industry or other media project.
  5. Demonstrate the skills, knowledge and problem-solving abilities that are pertinent in a professional setting.