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Television, Film, and Media Studies Deptartment

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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.


Erick Cabrera selected for The New York Times Corps

Journalism student joins new New York Times Corps

Cal State LA senior Erick Cabrera has been selected as an inaugural member of The New York Times Corps, a talent-pipeline program that pairs students with mentors at the news outlet. In his Tweet announcing the news, Cabrera recognized the head of Cal State LA's journalism program, Julie Patel Liss, and EdSource journalist Daniel Vasquez. Cabrera was among only 20 young journalists selected out of hundreds of applicants for the program.

CSULA Community News Hour

Cal State LA's monthly radio news show debuts on KPFK 90.7 FM

"Cal State LA Community News Hour" launched this summer on KPFK 90.7 FM.  The program airs monthly with a combination reporting, discussions and interviews largely produced by students who cover campus and the areas they live in. Episodes can be heard on the last Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. You can listen to previous shows via the station's archive.

Los Angeles Press Club award

Cal State LA Journalism students earn LA Press Club awards

Our student media outlets were finalists in nine categories and placed in five at the LA Press Club's 64th SoCal Journalism Awards June 25. Class of 2021 graduates Jorge Garcia and Kilmer Salinas won 1st place in Best TV Reporting for "Eastsiders get help from YMCA during the pandemic." Community News editors Jathniel Coronado, Jerico Dancel, Briana Muñoz, Martha Nerio, Catherine Valdez won 2nd place in a professional news category, educational reporting for "Professors in Peril: Adjuncts in California FAce Uncertainty and Financial Insecurity." Additional student media awards include:

 Digital wellness day

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

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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Phone: (323) 221-1047


Dr. Kristina Hackel
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