Frequently Asked Questions
What advantages does the Television Arts program at CSUDH have to offer over other college TV degree programs?
First of all, our program is small (no more than 15 students per class) which means that you get a lot more personal attention from your professors and more "hands-on" experience with the facilities and equipment. Speaking of facilities, our studios, labs, and work stations are equipped with "state-of-the-art" professional level equipment similar to what is used in the television industry (see our Production Facilities Photo Tour), and to allow you to get the most out of your time in the program, these facilities are available to students on a 24 x 7 basis. This gives students the extra time they need to produce a variety of award-winning productions for their demo reel portfolio that is then archived on a personal DVD for subsequent job interviews in the industry.
What practical skills will I learn as a student in the Television Arts program?
You will learn the basics of how to produce professional quality video programs. This includes "above-the-line" experience in producing, writing, directing, casting, and art direction. Since our students do all of their production work themselves, you will need to learn "below-the-line" skills such as the basics of camera operation; lighting; scene composition; audio miking and mixing; on-line video editing using Avid and Final Cut Pro; titling using Inscriber CG; multi-camera studio procedures using Grass Valley SEG with Ultimatte digital compositing; virtual sets using Still Store; TV sound design for ADR, foley, sfx, and original music scores using ProTools and VocAlign; and of course, DVD authoring.
What types of video projects will I be able to produce while in the Television Arts program?
By the time you finish the Television Arts degree program, you will have produced your own: 1) Music Video; 2) Drama Production with professional actors, original music, ADR, foley, and sfx; 3) Documentary Program; 4) TV Commercial or Public Service Announcement (PSA); and 5) Videographic Production. All of your productions are then placed on a DVD so that you will have a portfolio demo reel to show prospective employers in the industry.
What are the requirements for earning a B.A. degree in Television Arts at CSUDH?
The B.A. Degree requires 39 units (approximately 13 courses) taken over a two-year period in five consecutive semesters which includes one summer semester. The TV courses must be taken in a specific sequence, so it is important that you speak with an advisor ASAP. To find out what your class schedule would be for the next two years, see Course Schedule Planner under the Class Documents section. The program also offers a Certificate in Television Arts which requires 21 units (approximately 7 courses) taken over a one-and-a half year period in four consecutive semesters including one summer semester. The Certificate Program is designed for students who already have a B.A. degree, or those who just want training in Television Arts for entry level jobs in the industry.
How do I apply for admission to the University?
Go to the CSUDH Home Page. Next, click on "Future Students" to find detailed information about admissions, registration, general education requirements, and the various services and programs on campus. Click on the appropriate heading (Undergraduate, Graduate, International, etc.) for pertinent information or go to the Information Request Form to have an Application or other information sent to you.
How much does it cost to attend the Television Arts program at CSUDH?
If you are a California resident, the California State University system offers the lowest tuition in the nation (see University Catalog for current tuition and fees). On average, the tuition at the CSU campuses is around 1/16th the cost of private universities in the area. That means if you pay around $1,000 per semester at CSUDH, it would cost around $16,000 a semester at a private university!
Are there any special fees for using the production facilities and video equipment at CSUDH?
No. Students are allowed to checkout our equipment for shoots off campus and use our production facilities with no extra costs or lab fees. The only extra costs students incur while producing their projects in the Television Arts program consist of purchasing blank video tape/film for their productions, feeding their cast and crew while on shoots, and paying for miscellaneous expenses such as fuel, postage, lodging, or liability insurance when needed.
If I get accepted at CSUDH, will I have any trouble getting into the Television Arts program?
No. Unlike other CSU campuses whose TV/Film programs are "impacted", the Television Arts program is currently open to all students in good standing at CSUDH. In an impacted program, you have to compete with other students in order to be accepted into the major because there is not enough room for all the students who want to major in that program. As such, you may not get accepted into your chosen major if it is impacted; however, if you are accepted at CSUDH, you will be able to get into our Television Arts program as a major.
Will I get the opportunity to work as an intern in the television/film industry while in school?
Yes. In fact, all TV majors are required to serve an internship in the industry so that they will have some real world experience before they graduate. The good news is that many of our interns are offered jobs as a result of their work at these internships. That is why it is best to do your internship during your last semester on campus... because if you are offered a job at your intern site, you will be able to work full time, regardless of the schedule, without having to worry about returning to campus to complete courses for your degree. In other words, you will have completed all your degree requirements by the conclusion of your internship.
What types of jobs are available in the television/film industry after I graduate with this degree?
About a third of our graduates go into the commercial broadcasting aspect of the industry working as producers, writers, directors, editors, technicians, and unit managers for motion picture studios, TV networks, production companies, and TV stations (see TV Alumni and TV Graduates in Industry). Another third go into the corporate video side doing in-house training films and promotional videos for aerospace, banking, utilities, and retailers such as Boeing, Wells Fargo, Pac Bell, and Robinson-May. The other third of our students work in local cable and educational institutions as media directors, public access coordinators, or local origination producers. Of course, there is always the freelance market for students who wish to try their luck at operating their own production companies.
How do I contact an advisor for the Television Arts program?
Simply call Dr. George Vinovich, Coordinator of Television Arts at (310) 243-3945 or email him at: email@example.com