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Program: B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Television Production

Program Description

Pre-production, production and postproduction techniques for all 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.

1. Lower Division (12 units)

CTVA 100 Introduction to Mass Communication Arts (3)
CTVA 210 Television-Film Aesthetics (3)
CTVA 220 Foundations of Media Writing (3)
CTVA 240 Fundamentals of Video Production (3)

2. Upper Division (33 units)

a. Required Courses (12 units)

CTVA 305 History of Broadcasting (3)
CTVA 340 Advanced Video Audio Production and Editing (3)
CTVA 341 Single-Camera Video Production and Editing (3)
CTVA 440 Theory and Techniques of TV Directing (3)

b. Skill Area (3 units)

Select one of the following:

CTVA 342 Digital Cinematography (3)
CTVA 352 Nonlinear Digital Editing (3)
CTVA 358 Advanced Film Sound (3)
CTVA 359 Post Production Sound (3)

c. Critical Reasoning (3 units)

Select one of the following:

CTVA 301 Design of the Media Message (3)
CTVA 319 Criticism in Cinema and TV (3)
CTVA 400 Media and Society (3)
CTVA 416 Documentary Tradition (3)

d. Senior Level Capstone Production (3 units)

Select one of the following:

CTVA 441 Directing the TV Documentary (3)
CTVA 442 Directing TV Drama/Comedy (3)
CTVA 443 Magazine Format Video (3)

e. Select two of the following (6 units):

CTVA 327 Writing for Industrial Media (3)
CTVA 384 Electronic Media Advertising (3)
CTVA 475 Audience Analysis (3)
CTVA 480 Electronic Media Management (3)
CTVA 481 Network Practices (3)
CTVA 482 Network Program Development (3)
CTVA 487 Regulation of Electronic Media (3)

f. Additional Units (6 units)

Select 6 additional units in CTVA or an allied field, with the approval of an advisor, as prescribed in the official departmental advisement form for Television Production, or CTVA 329CCTVA 494A/B, or CTVA 494C/D.

3. 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; CTVA 100 satisfies E Lifelong Learning and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

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: Thelma Vickroy
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 195
(818) 677-3192

CTVA Advisor:

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. Develop the skills necessary to produce, research and/or present an entertainment industry or other media project.