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
Production Projects List below)
- Full-time (24x7) access to TV Production Facilities
- Onsite internships in the media industry for networking and job
Industry Evaluations of our Student Interns)
- Award-winning (national and statewide) video production projects
Recent Student Awards List)
- Real-world experience producing a variety of client-based projects (see
Shell Oil article)
- Alumni Success in the Industry (see
- Demo Reel Portfolio on Blu-ray for industry jobs
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
(interviews and B-Roll filmed on location with original music score).
- 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).
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.
Television Arts Program at CSUDH offers the following
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
Certificate in Television Arts - 21 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
- 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.
Television 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.
Alumni Success Stories
Alumni of the CSUDH Television Arts program have distinguished themselves in the industry. Read
Dr. George Vinovich
Dr. 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 has operated his own media consulting business producing 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 many of our TV graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the media after graduation."