Program: Cinema and Television Arts, B.A.

Media Theory and Criticism Option

Program Description

History, theory and critical analysis of the culture of film and electronic media, providing a background for all professional training, with specific preparation for careers in teaching or research.

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.

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:

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)


Select one of the following courses (3 units):

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


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. Media Theory and Criticism Option (21 units)

Media Theory and Criticism Upper Division Core Requirements (9 units)

CTVA 301 Media Research Methods (3)
CTVA 311 History of Global Cinema (3)
CTVA 410 Advanced Theory in CTVA (3)

Select four of the following courses (12 units):

CTVA 305 History of Television (3)*
CTVA 309 Film as Literature (3)
CTVA 315 New Directions in Electronic Media Systems (3)
CTVA 400 Mass Media and Society (3)
CTVA 411A-Z Genres in Cinema and Television Arts (3)
CTVA 412 Analysis of Classic Filmmakers (3)
CTVA 413 Women as Filmmakers (3)
CTVA 415A-Z Regional and National Cinemas (3)
CTVA 416 The Documentary Tradition in Film and Video (3)

*If not taken to satisfy the upper division common core history requirement.

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

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.

If taken, CTVA 309 satisfies upper division C1 Arts.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 45

General Education Units: 42

Additional Units: 33

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


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

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Television Arts 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.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Cinema and Television Arts/Media Theory and Criticism Option - AS-T in Film, Television and Electronic Media (2023-Present)

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