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TVF 200 TVF 381
TVF 201 TVF 397
TVF 249 TVF 401
TVF 265 TVF 403 A, B, C
TVF 292 TVF 430
TVF 301 TVF 454L
TVF 303 A, B, C TVF 465
TVF 320 TVF 475
TVF 354L TVF 492 A, B, C
TVF 365 TVF 497
TVF 377 TVF 498
TVF 378 TVF 499



Please keep in mind that these course descriptions are for undergraduate production area courses only. This page is provided as an informal resource only, and does not necessarily reflect the most up-to-date University, College, or Departmental requirements. Please consult the latest college catalog for complete and current information. Many of these courses have prerequisites and/or unique unit limitations not specified here.


Lower Division Production Courses


TVF 200 Introduction to Single Camera and Editing

An introduction to fundamentals of single camera production. Students, working independently and in small groups, plan, shoot, and edit various short subject pieces such as interviews, music videos, and short narratives. This course familiarizes students with the basics of preproduction, production and postproduction with concentrations on camera operations, framing, composition, montage, and lighting.

TVF 201 Introduction to Television Studio Production

An introduction to television production facilities and techniques. TVF 201 is the entry level TV studio course at Cal State L.A. Students learn to write, produce, and direct their own live 3-camera studio productions. They also learn basic skills in camera operation, lighting and sound, as well as organized pre-production and crewing in a studio environment. The student should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the class to produce limited video tape productions.

TVF 249 Announcing

On-air techniques for reading and reporting radio and television news.

TVF 265 Introduction to Scriptwriting

Basic techniques of short subject dramatic screenplay structure and storytelling. Script development from story concept selection, character design, story treatment, plot and character development.

TVF 292 Introduction to News Writing and Reporting

Introduction to news writing and reporting. News sources, collection of news, acceptable forms for news stories, news reporting styles and journalism ethics.


Upper Division Production Courses


TVF 301 Intermediate Television Studio Production

An intermediate course in multiple camera television production. Each member of the class produces and directs projects ranging from music videos to dramatic scenes. Members of the class participate as crew on various productions. The objective of the course is to teach students the skills necessary to produce and direct music and dramatic multiple camera television productions. Emphasis is on preparation, professional production techniques, composition, montage, and control room techniques.
All members of the class need to know and use the skills of the craft including all pre-production, production, and post-production skills. i.e. directing, producing, camera operation, lighting, audio, technical direction, on camera techniques etc.

TVF 303A Intro to Digital Graphics for Film and Television

Lab-based workshop providing application and operational understanding of digital post production graphics. TVF 303B Introduction to Television Digital Post Production Lab-based workshop providing application and operational understanding of television digital post production. TVF 303C Introduction to Film Digital Post Production Lab-based workshop providing application and operational understanding of film digital post production.

TVF 320 Audio Production

Hands-on course covering a wide array of audio related topics including: Analog and digital audio formats, microphones, tape and disc recording, mixing, ProTools digital audio design, sound effects, interviews, press conferences, studio recording, single and multi-track field recording, audio for video, radio programs, news gathering, and audio web content.

TVF 354L Selected Studies in Broadcasting Production

Special application of audio and video production and post production technologies. Variable topics including:


Advertising Production

An introduction to the television production of commercials .
The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the principles of the process involved in creating commercials for television. This includes an understanding of the skills brought to bear by the client, the agency and the creative groups from pre-production to production and finally to post-production. The student should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the class to produce a PSA or short marketing video on behalf of a local non-profit organization.


LA36 Production

In partnership with LA cable broadcaster, LA36, students will write, produce, direct, shoot, and edit material for broadcast. Subjects include public service announcements, LA lifestyle pieces, short documentary and news stories. An exciting opportunity for students to have their work aired in the nation's second largest television market.


DVD Authoring

An introduction into the creation of professional quality DVD content. Students develop skills in design, layout, interactivity, and media encoding through the use of DVD Studio Pro.


Final Cut Advanced FX

Students in the Final Cut Pro advanced effects course explore and build skills in compositing, keyframing, graphics, multilayer effects editing, customizing filters and transitions.



Topics include: Studio and Field lighting techniques; Lighting instrument selection and placement; Grip equipment and expendables; Artistic and functional lighting design and applications.


Final Cut Troubleshooting

This course provides students with an introduction to the basic and intermediate functions of digital nonlinear postproduction using Final Cut Pro.


TVF 365 Intermediate Scriptwriting

Techniques of feature film writing, script story theory, structure and analysis. Lecture and workshop-based, computer-assisted feature script development and writing. Typed story synopsis required for first class meeting.

TVF 377 Introduction to Animation

TVF 377 is an entry level course in traditional hand drawn character animation. Students complete four introductory exercises (asterisk hold, bouncing ball, rocking egg, and walk cycle), to learn skills that can be used in their final projects. They then present a storyboard for a 15 second animated film, designing characters, storyline, and soundtrack, and spend the rest of the quarter working on their first animated project.

TVF 378 Writing and Storyboarding for Animation

TVF 378 teaches the fundamental principles of storyboarding and the art of telling a story visually. Students complete several different storyboards throughout the course of the quarter. Each board should advance the students’ skills in terms of story structure, dramatic conflict, character design, movement, framing and camera angles.

TVF 381 Advanced Animation

TVF 381 continues principles learned in the Intro to Animation class. Students do more advanced exercises (the blink cycle or facial expression, flour sack carry, the sneak, and the 4-legged walk cycle). They then present a storyboard for a 30 second project. In this class, students can choose to work in a variety of techniques, such as ink-and-paint, rotoscope, colored pencil, as well as any 2D software program (Flash, Toonboom) that they are familiar with. Some students also incorporate Photoshop and Final Cut Pro editing into their pieces. The course is repeatable and students may choose to do longer form projects over two quarters.

TVF 397 Cinematography

Principles and practices in motion picture photography including directing for single camera, camera operation, lighting, and editing. Students learn to operate Arriflex 16mm motion picture cameras, light meters, and lenses and shoot short subject films. Special areas of concentration include techniques involving exposure, composition, lens selection, framing, color temperature, picture depth, and lighting. Equipment, film stock, processing, and transfer is provided by the department.

TVF 401 Advanced Video Production

Advanced location, studio, and field production techniques and aesthetics. Working independently and in small groups, students work on projects including documentary, music video, short subject narratives, and advanced editing exercises.

TVF 403A Advanced Digital Graphics for Film and Television

Advanced instruction and application on digital graphics systems. TVF 403B Advanced Television Digital Post Production Advanced instruction and application of digital post production television technologies.TVF 403C Advanced Film Digital Post ProductionAdvanced instruction and application of digital post production film technologies.

TVF 430 Documentary Field Production

Video field practicum stressing aesthetics and techniques of documentary production.

TVF 454L Selected Studies in Production

Special application of audio and video production techniques in the creation of entertainment, educational, documentary, and public affairs programming. Variable topics.

TVF 465 Seminar: Advanced Scriptwriting

Writing workshops, scene clinics and writer/actor lab activities for rewriting an existing feature screenplay and developing a new film/television script. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units.

TVF 475 Television News/Magazine Production

Practicum in television news/magazine segment production. Students produce a weekly program, which appears on campus and local cable systems.

TVF 492A Motion Picture Preproduction

Preparation for making a motion picture; emphasis on 16mm short film, applicable to longer films.

TVF 492B Motion Picture Production

Shooting and editing motion pictures; emphasis on 16mm short film, applicable to longer films.

TVF 492C Motion Picture Postproduction

Negative cutting, sound track preparation, and printing of films; emphasis on 16mm short film, applicable to longer films.

TVF 497 Film and Video Production Portfolio

Practicum focusing on the creation of professional portfolio-quality film and video works suitable for festival entry and employment.

TVF 498 Capstone Animation Project

This project, done in the senior year, is the students’ calling card to the animation industry. Under the supervision of their advisor, students spend a year working on their final film, and may also get units for working on other Capstone projects.

TVF 499 Undergraduate Directed Study

Individual projects designed to reflect ability of student and to be a contribution to field of educational, informational, or cultural broadcasting.



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