Program Information

Advantages of the Television Arts Program at CSUDH

Small class size (limited to 20 students)
Professional state-of-the-art Production Facilities (see our online Production Facility Tour)
Hands-on, small group instruction in all labs
Produce and direct your own projects (see Production Projects List below)
Full-time (24x7) access to TV Production Facilities
Onsite internships in the media industry for networking and job experience (see Industry Evaluations of our Student Interns [PDF])
Award-winning (national and statewide) video production projects (see Recent Student Awards List [PDF])
Real-world experience producing a variety of client-based projects (see Shell Oil article [PDF])
Alumni Success in the Industry (see Alumni Testimonials [PDF])
Demo Reel Portfolio on Blu-ray for industry jobs

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Production Projects

By the end of the program, each student will have the following "original" production projects on his or her demo reel portfolio:

Short Movie Feature (filmed on location with professional actors, ADR, foley, sfx, and original music score).
Music Video (with bonus material including band interviews, behind-the-scenes "making of" documentary, photo gallery, and liner notes).
Documentary Program (with 4-pt lighting interviews, B-Roll video, and 8 channel soundtrack).
TV Commercial or PSA (with professional actors, ADR, foley, sfx, and original music score).
Client-Based Projects (for a variety of corporate, nonprofit, or community-based clients).

These projects can then be uploaded or placed on a Blu-ray for the student to use as a "demo reel" portfolio for job interviews in the industry.

(For a detailed Catalog Description of the Television Arts program, go to the University Catalog. Click on the latest Catalog and then click on the link to the "Digital Media Arts" Department.

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The Television Arts Program at CSUDH offers the following B.A. Degree major (two-year program after transfer as a junior) and Certificate in Television Arts (one-year program):

B.A. in Digital Media Arts (Television Arts Option) - 51 units
5 courses in the Digital Media Arts Core - 14 units
9 courses in Television Production Emphasis - 25 units
4 courses in ART Digital Graphics Track - 12 units

Certificate in Television Arts - 21 units
7 courses in TV Production Emphasis (with no Digital Media Arts Core)

This program is designed for working professionals who already have a B.A. Degree and seek "hands-on" training and production project experience in television.

(See detailed Catalog Description)

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Award-Winning Productions

Academy Awards HonorsTelevision students at CSUDH have a long tradition of award-winning productions in national and statewide competitions

Students in documentary production have won back-to-back national awards in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' (Emmy Awards) College Television Awards.

Students in music video and public service programs have routinely won or placed in the finals in statewide competitions

The numerous awards our students have won for their productions, coupled with their high success rate of working in the industry, have established a reputation of high quality for our program among local professionals and educators in the field.

Industry employers report that they hire our graduates because they have marketable job skills, hands-on experience, and a professional orientation from courses and projects that emphasize quality and high standards. With Hollywood just 20 minutes from campus, our students find work as producers, writers, directors, editors, camera operators, and technicians in a variety of broadcast, corporate, and educational venues.

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Alumni Success Stories

Alumni of the CSUDH Television Arts program have distinguished themselves in the industry. Read their stories [PDF].

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Dr. George VinovichDr. George Vinovich, MA, MS, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Digital Media Arts

Dr. Vinovich has been on the faculty of CSUDH since 1982. He founded the University Television degree program, created its curriculum, and designed the TV production facilities that support the program. In addition to teaching, he operates his own TV production company which produces documentary programs, promotional videos, and TV commercials for clients such as PBS, MTV, and local broadcast stations. He is the recipient of a national Telly Award for documentary production, a Communicator Award for promotional video, and a national C.A.S.E. Award for educational program.

"Nothing brings me more satisfaction than to see our students who come to the University with no 'connections' or 'other advantages' actually 'make it' as successful professionals in this highly competitive field. The fact that students from our program are hired over graduates from the 'elite' TV/Film schools in the area is perhaps the one accomplishment of which I am most proud. It's rewarding to see that so many of our TV graduates have been able to find work in the industry after graduation."

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