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Television, Film, and Media Studies Dept.

Television, Film, & Media Studies Department

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We offer an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television, Film, & Media Studies. Students can also pursue a Master of Arts degree in Television, Film, & Media Studies or, jointly with the Department of Theatre and Dance, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Television, Film, & Theatre.


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TVFM Lecturer part of International Digital Wellness Day

TVFM faculty member Shaunelle Curry moderated a panel for International Digital Wellness Day, encouraging and supporting media and digital literacy and safety around the world.

Curry headed the Digital Citizenship panel providing resources for and supporting civil discourse and culturally sensitive communication.  The May 6 online event was designed to help individuals, communities and groups find tools to work more successfully in digital spaces.

If you missed the event, you can catch up here. The next Digital Wellness Day is scheduled for May 5, 2023.

Lecturer Nidhin Patel (left) and Cal State LA President William Covino

TVFM Lecturer honored as WellBeingU Champion

TVFM faculty member Nidhin Patel was among three people named Cal State LA WellBeingU Champions for their outstanding dedication to creating a culture of caring and compassion at the university.

Patel, student Ashley Lepe and staff member Joanna Gaspar received certificates at an April 27 ceremony kicking off the WellBeingU Interview Series. 

Fellow faculty members have benefitted from Patel's self-care guidance and instruction on supporting students by including tramua-informed pedagogy.

Photo: Lecturer Nidhin Patel (left) and Cal State LA President William Covino. Photo: J. Emilio Flores

Photo: Bryann Harris (writer & director) and Lynn Nguyen (producer)

Two TVFM Students Make the Finals in Coke Film Competition

Two TVFM students, Bryan Harris and Lynn Nguyen, had their script selected as a finalist team in the Coca-Cola Refreshing Films competition. There are only four finalist teams nationwide and each team received $18,000 to fund the production of their commercial.


The two first-year transfer students recently finished filming the commercial for the competition. Titled, "Peace of Mind," the film features a girl who is looking for her distraction-free, peacful place - the movie theater and a Coke.


"This is the first year our school has been involved in this national competition and we are incredibly excited for Bryan and Lynn to be selected as finalists" said Department Chair Kristiina Hackel.


Photo: Bryann Harris (writer & director) and Lynn Nguyen (producer). Photo by Savannah Rohloff

Photo: (L-R) Marisa Martinez, Rosy Flores and Professor Julie Patel-Liss

UT Wins Big at LA Press Club Awards

University Times students were recognized with first place nods for three categories at the 63rd Annual SoCal Journalism Awards hosted by LA Press Club last November at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in Downtown LA. 


Students won first place for “Best Campus Engagement Nationally,” “Best College News Website,” and “Best Personality Profile, Off-Campus.” The ceremony was held in person and was attended by University Times former editor-in-chief, Rosy Flores, Journalism Chair Professor Julie Liss and former UT editor and alumna, Marisa Martinez. 


"Being around professional journalists who seemed to genuinely enjoy serving the public, was really inspirational to me," Flores said.


Photo: (L-R) Marisa Martinez, Rosy Flores and Professor Julie Patel-Liss at the LA Press Club awards.

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Mellon Mays Supports Students Seeking a Higher Ed Path in Teaching

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program supports undergraduate students who want to teach at the college level in a humanities field by providing funds (up to $7,500 per year for two years) for its fellows to participate in activities that prepare them for doctoral study. The focus point of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mellon Mays strives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of higher education.


If you have ever wanted to be a college professor, this program may be for you. 


To find out more, contact Dr. Mark Wild directly at

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Dr. Regan Appointed to Library of Congress Film Preservation Board

TVFM’s Dr. Suzanne Regan (pictured to the left) has been nominated by the President of the University Film and Video Association and subsequently appointed by the Librarian of Congress to the Library’s National Film Preservation Board. She is serving alongside industry professionals such as Martin Scorsese and Reginald Hudlin, to name a couple.


The Board’s primary focus is to make certain that the country’s film legacy is conserved and made available to the public. This is done by advising the Librarian of annual selections to the National Film Registry. The board is comprised of 44 filmmakers, scholars and other members of the film industry. The board also counsels the Librarian on continuous development and fulfillment of the film preservation’s plan.

She will collaborate with peers from other universities to make recommendations for the board’s consideration.


The University Film and Video Association was established in 1947 to promote media education in the US and internationally.

Cal State LA students' film 2022 Coca-Cola Refreshing Films Finalist


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Community Impact Media

Hauser & Wirth LA recently partnered with Cal State LA’s Television, Film, & Media Department and the Student Production Unit to co-develop a project titled Community Impact Media.

Television, Film, & Media Center

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    View of building from the outside

The Television, Film, & Media Center is situated on the hill overlooking the northwest area of campus. This state of the art instructional and production facility provides student resources in all phases of media production and critical studies.

Telemundo Journalist Juan Ricardo Gomez is a Golden Eagle

Undergraduate degree

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Undergraduate degree

Graduates will be knowledgeable, artistically skilled and prepared for a professional career in television, cinema, and media.

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Graduate Programs

The Television, Film and Media Studies department offers two graduate programs, an M.A. and an M.F.A.

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