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Cinema and Television Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1156 (BCR) Los Angeles, CA, United States
The mission of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University Northridge is to instill in students the knowledge, expertise and creative skills that will help them achieve their goals in the fields of television, film and new media.
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Cinema and Television Arts curriculum offered by California State University Northridge promotes the creative, analytical and conceptual thinking that will enrich their lives. The department is affiliated with the University Film and Video Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. It administers the CSUN Cinematheque and the Gallery of Film Poster Art, both housed in Manzanita Hall, which also includes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing.

The Cinema and Television Arts major provides students with academic and professional training for careers in the entertainment industry and related fields. The program is strongly committed to a balance between theoretical and practical education.


Some specific career choices for graduates of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts include the following:

Those involved in television, film or new media production create, supervise or assist in the entire range of activities related to developing and executing projects. Creative occupations in this area include the selection of stories, talent and materials; art, set and lighting design; directing; cinematography and camera operation; audio recording and mixing; live television switching or editing; film editing; and other production and postproduction technical functions. Positions are available in commercial film studios, independent production companies, and houses and studios; postproduction facilities; broadcast stations and networks; cable operations; video game companies; government agencies; hospitals; business corporations; educational institutions; and other organizations with audiovisual and multimedia facilities.

Screenwriters create scripts for motion pictures, television or new media productions (including video games, VR/AR, webisodes and other web content); for commercials; for promotional and public service announcements; for continuity material used to introduce and connect various segments of musical, variety, reality and sports programs; and for film, video and new media productions for corporate or nonprofit clients. They may work directly for a studio, station or network; work on a freelance basis; or may be under contract to independent production companies.

Multimedia specialists are involved in the research, design, production and execution of interactive projects for websites, video games, virtual reality, streaming media, webisodes, and mobile services and applications.

Entertainment media management positions support virtually all forms of digital media: streamed, downloaded, broadcast, cable, satellite and online networks. The Entertainment Media Management option focuses on programming, research, operations, development and sales. The opportunities most open to recent graduates include audience research, media research, entertainment program development and international distribution of electronic content.

Management, production and writing careers also can lead to studio and independent producing of any entertainment or noncommercial media product. This includes development and fundraising, securing broadcast and film rights for a project, hiring of talent for the project, overseeing writing and production, arranging for distribution and exhibition.

Media Theory and Criticism option graduates find positions as teachers, critics and researchers. Students often go on to graduate school to prepare for teaching careers or advanced research positions. These include marketing and audience research, ratings, media buying, assessing programming strategies, and evolving media and technology strategies and expansion plans.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    National Students: 30 November for fall admission

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Mass Communication Arts
  • Television-Film Aesthetics
  • Foundations of Media Writing
  • Fundamentals of Audio Production
  • Fundamentals of Video Production
  • Fundamentals of Film Production

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete the “International Online Application”
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable application fee
  • All  secondary-school records 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S.institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    18852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18852 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18852 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6792 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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