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This is an archive of the 2019-2020 University Catalog.
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B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Entertainment Media Management

Operational and management aspects of independent, studio and network media, including business structures, personnel, budgets, advertising, sales, research and regulation of the entertainment media industries. A minor also is offered in this option.

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 …

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.

B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Multimedia Production

Pre-production, production and distribution of digital material for film, television and interactive media. Students acquire effective computer skills to design websites, create streaming audio and video, and develop games and virtual reality productions.

B.A., Cinema and Television Arts


Conceptualization, structuring and writing of scripts for film, television and new media.

B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Television Production

Pre-production, production and postproduction techniques for all television formats—encompassing producing, directing and all other creative aspects of studio and field production.

Minor in Entertainment Media Management

This 18-unit minor, with an emphasis in Entertainment Media Management, provides a focused study of issues encountered in entertainment media management. Advisement Academic advisement is required. The advisor’s signature will be required prior to registration each semester. Students must observe all CTVA advisement dates and check with an advisor on a regular basis: take advantage …

M.F.A., Screenwriting

The California State University, Northridge Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting degree is for students who seek a rigorous, professionally oriented education in writing for film and television. The Department of Cinema and Television Arts prepares highly skilled and motivated individuals for careers in the entertainment industry and for careers as artist-teachers in college and …