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Program: B.A., Cinema and Television Arts

Film Production

Program Description

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

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.

1. 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.

2. 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 494A/B Internship (1/2)

3. Skill Area (6 units)

Select one of the following course sequences according to 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 advisor permission, select 3 additional CTVA upper division units.

4. 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)

5. 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: 48

General Education Units: 42

Additional Units: 30

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.