This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Media Theory and Criticism


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 (9 units)

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

2. Upper Division (36 units)

CTVA 309 Film as Literature (3)
CTVA 319 Criticism in Cinema and Television Arts (3)
CTVA 400 Media and Society (3)

Select one of the following courses (3 units):

CTVA 301 Design of the Media Message (3)
CTVA 401 Mass Communications Research (3)

Select one of the following courses (3 units):

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

Select one of the following courses (3 units):

CTVA 315 New Directions in Electronic Media Systems (3)
CTVA 405 International Broadcasting (3)

Select three of the following courses (9 units):

CTVA 410 Advanced Film Theory: Studies in Film Style (3)
CTVA 412 Analysis of Classic Filmmakers (3)
CTVA 413 Women as Filmmakers (3)
CTVA 415 International Cinema (3)
CTVA 416 The Documentary Tradition in Film and Video (3)

Additional Units (9 units)

Select 9 additional units in CTVA or an allied field, with the approval of an advisor, as prescribed in the official departmental advisement form for Media Theory and Criticism, or CTVA 494C or CTVA 494F.

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
CTVA 100 can be counted toward GE Lifelong Learning and the major.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 45

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 30

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


Chair: Jon Stahl
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 195
(818) 677-3192

CTVA Advisor:

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of a program of study, students will (as reflected by the curriculum in their individual option) be able to:

  1. Understand and articulate the history, theories and critical models of cinema and the electronic media.
  2. Conceptualize, structure and write dramatic and nondramatic scripts for cinema, television and new media.
  3. Employ pre-production, production and post-production techniques for all electronic and digital media formats in both the studio and the field.
  4. Conceptualize, produce, direct, edit and distribute cinema projects for both entertainment and informational purposes.
  5. Operate and manage business structures, personnel, budgets, advertising, sales, research and regulation of independent, studio and network electronic media.