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Program: B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Film Production


Conceptualization, production, directing, editing and distribution of cinema projects. In order to qualify for the Film Production Option, a student must earn the appropriate grades in the designated prerequisite courses for Film Production, submit a portfolio and have that portfolio approved by the Film Production Faculty. Once a student’s portfolio is approved, the student’s major would be designated as “CTVA/Film Production.” Should a student’s portfolio not be approved, the student may remain a CTVA major, but would need to select another option. The student may resubmit a portfolio for approval once, in a succeeding semester, if denied on the first attempt. Students intending to enter the Film Production Option must pass CTVA 250 with a grade of “B-” or better. Deadline dates and portfolio format requirements can be found on the Department of Cinema and Television Arts website.

Program Requirements

A. Film Production-Provisional Option

All Lower and Upper Division courses taken toward completion of the CTVA major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

In addition, students intending to continue in the Film Production Option must pass CTVA 250 with a grade of “B-” or better.

Lower Division (15 units)

ART 250 Photography I (3)
CTVA 100 Introduction to Mass Communication Arts (3)

CTVA 210 Television-Film Aesthetics (3)
CTVA 220 Foundations of Media Writing (3)
CTVA 250 Fundamentals of Film Production (3)

NOTE: CTVA/Film Production-Provisional majors wishing to enter the Upper Division Film Production Option curriculum must successfully complete all Lower Division requirements, with a “B-” or better in CTVA 250, and submit a portfolio for review. Upon the approval of a portfolio by the CTVA faculty and the successful completion of the Lower Division requirements as indicated above, a student may continue with Upper Division Film Production courses as a CTVA/Film Production Major.

B. Film Production Option

1. Upper Division (24 units)

CTVA 310 History of American Cinema (3)
CTVA 319 Criticism in Cinema and Television Arts (3)
CTVA 329C Program Production (3)
CTVA 350 Film Directing (3)
CTVA 351 Anatomy of Film Producing (3)
CTVA 355 Intermediate Film Production (3)
CTVA 452 Senior Film Project (3)
CTVA 494C Internship (3)

2. Skill Area (6 units)

Select one of the following course sequences according to your skill emphasis:
Editing (6 units)

CTVA 352 Nonlinear Digital Editing (3)
CTVA 357 Advanced Cinematography (3)

Sound (6 units)

CTVA 358 Advanced Film Sound (3)
CTVA 359 Post Production Sound Design for Film and Electronic Media (3)

Cinematography (6 units)

CTVA 357 Advanced Cinematography (3)
Upper Division Elective (3)—With permission of your advisor, select 3 additional CTVA Upper Division units.

3. Theory Area (3 units)

Select one of the following courses:

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)

C. 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: 48

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 27

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.