Welcome to the CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts, located in the heart of the entertainment industry. With seven programs of study, CTVA offers unparalleled opportunities for academic and professional training in a richly diverse environment.
Our faculty bring extensive professional experience to the classrooms, studios and labs, and are committed to instilling the knowledge, expertise, creative and analytical skills that will allow students to achieve their goals in the fields of television, film and new media.
We are housed in Manzanita Hall, designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern. Our facilities are industry-standard and include film and television sound stages, post-production and mixing suites, a new media lab, a digital visual effects and animation suite, and the 130-seat Armer Theater. The CSUN Cinematheque regularly programs film series and other screenings and events in the Armer.
CTVA alumni work in every facet of the entertainment industry. Extensive relationships with studios, networks, production companies and other organizations provide students with access to internships, jobs and other collaborative opportunities.
CSUN is also home to the new Valley Performing Arts Center, which, with its vibrant and eclectic performance program, has quickly become the intellectual and cultural center of the San Fernando Valley.
Variety Deems CSUN a “Stellar” Film School
California State University, Northridge has been ranked among the top 30 film schools worldwide in Variety’s April 25 issue. Click here to read the entire story.
Hollywood Foreign Press News
Our three CTVA Golden Globe interns--Allison Bird, Amanda Derzy and Robert Ahn (HFPA Scholar)--were responsible for the official social media for the Golden Globes broadcast on January 7. (Read more about these students)
CTVA alumnus Jacquil Constant's Film, "Haiti is a Nation of Artists," is an official selection in the 2018 Pan African Film Festival!
Senior Film Showcase Trailers
Featured Alum: Glenn Gainor
The Wang Award
María Elena de las Carreras, a lecturer in CTVA since 1999, has been involved in two projects funded by the Getty Institute, part of the Southern California-wide program Pacific Standard Time: Latin America in Los Angeles (PST LA/LA), running until the end of the year. Read more
Of the 1,586 films submitted to the 44th annual Student Academy Awards, only 85 — or 5 percent — advanced to the semifinals. Two of those films were made by students in California State University, Northridge’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA). Read more
In its second annual list, TheWrap rates the institutions that will help launch the entertainment industry’s future. Read more
Guests were treated to a never-before-assembled panel of revered HFPA journalists and presidents of the organization, moderated by Jenna Elfman, in recognition of the continued partnership between the two institutions. Read more
(Story reposted from goldenglobes.com) On September 15, in recognition of the grants which have allowed for the awarding of 172 student fellowships to date and the upgrading of school materials including state of the art editing suites, CSUN celebrated the naming of the South Wing of Manzanita Hall, which houses the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, in honor of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Read more
(Story reposted from broadwayworld.com) President Harrison continued saying, "for their desire to make positive change in the face of entertainment, celebrate diversity and offer opportunity for underrepresented students to have a chance to pursue a career in entertainment, I applaud the HFPA and acknowledge the university's gratitude for all your philanthropy has accomplished." Read more
While entertainment industry legends Stan Lee and Dustin Hoffman looked on, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) last week presented California State University, Northridge $65,000 to support the university’s film students. Read more