Applying for admission into the Film Production Option requires you to submit a Film Portfolio using a completely ONLINE process! No paper or email submissions of any kind will be accepted.     Submission of an online Film Portfolio assumes that you have read and agree to ALL of the terms and conditions of the Film Production Option (outlined below).      Because there is a tremendous demand for film production courses, and because there is a limit to the number of people the Film Option can effectively serve, we must use the portfolio process to identify those people who are most likely to benefit from the program.  The following are requirements for eligibility and acceptance into the Film Production Option:     

  • The Film Production Option requires a personal financial commitment from each student accepted into the Film Option of approximately $1,800, and a time commitment greater than other CTVA non-production options.

  • Candidates MUST have completed all CTVA Film Production-Provisional Courses with a grade of “C” or better in ART 250, CTVA 100, CTVA 210 and CTVA 220, plus a minimum grade of “B-” in CTVA 250, or be in progress for the remaining courses during the semester of submission. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. Final acceptance into the Film Production Option is conditional until all grades for pre-requisite courses in progress are finalized and verified.

  • The student is expected to have official Junior standing by the time he/she enters the Film Production Option (60 units).

  • Students who have taken a course at another college that is not recognized by SOLAR as being the equivalent of a required lower division course, must contact the Film Production Option Head, Prof. Nate Thomas (, in order to get course substitution approval. Please provide Prof. Thomas with a course description and syllabus for the course in question. Include any documentation of email correspondence with Prof. Thomas in the "Email Correspondence" section of the online Film Production Option Portfolio Review Application.

  • It is the students’ responsibility to indicate any substitutions or irregularities regarding these requirements in the Film Portfolio online application.  If a substitution was accepted by Prof. Thomas or other CTVA faculty member, please attach a PDF copy of the faculty member's email correspondence in the "Email Correspondence" section of the online application. Film Production Option Head, Prof. Nate Thomas reserves the right to accept or reject all requested course substitutions.

  • The best candidates will be able to express themselves well in written form, have something interesting to say that is based on personal life experience, and be able to demonstrate a high aptitude of visual literacy.

  • Upon acceptance into the Film Production Option, the student is expected to begin his/her program of study when admitted, and continue without a break in enrollment or attendance until the program is completed.  Failure to do so relinquishes your place in the program. 

  • If you are not accepted into the Film Option after your first submission, you can submit a portfolio a second time for consideration in a future semester. If you are not successful after two submission attempts, you can not submit again.

DEADLINES for submitting your online Film Portfolio Online Application:    

  • Fall 2021 for entry starting in the Spring 2022 Semester:  11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2021

 You MUST answer all questions and provide all information requested. Applications that are not completed by the application deadline or deemed to contain intentionally inaccurate or misleading information will NOT be considered.      For online Film Portfolio submission, in addition to providing general information about yourself, you will be required to submit/upload the following:  

  • A recent copy of your CSUN Degree Progress Report (DPR) in PDF format.

  • Copies of your transcripts from other colleges/universities that are not included on your CSUN DPR in PDF format.

  • Type/Enter your own original answers to 10 separate Short Answer question prompts.

  • Upload an original ONE-PAGE essay describing a single personal experience that formed who you are as a person today (MS-Word or PDF file format).

  • Create/Upload an original photo story containing a character with a moral dilemma or problem and a resolution to the dilemma or problem that demonstrates the power of your visual storytelling. (Please no stories about lost money/wallets or pregnancy.) Your photo story must use live human subjects (for example, no dolls, puppets, stuffed animals, mannequins, stick figures, animated characters, etc.) and no guns, knives, or gratuitous violence.  Upload up to (12) separate 5" x 7" total images (or other standard photo size) in JPEG file format, naming each photo in your story in chronological order using the following sequential file naming method: Each separate JPEG file MUST be named in chronological order using the following sequential file naming scheme: (LastName_01.jpg, LastName_02.jpg, LastName_03.jpg, etc.). No single JPEG image file should exceed 5 GB in size.

 After the close of submissions, applicants will be notified regarding their admission status via email within 3-5 weeks. The email will be sent to your CSUN email account. If you do not receive an email prior to the mandatory Film Advisement meeting, please contact the CTVA Main Office to check your status.       You can save your online work as a draft version by using the Save Draft button until everything is uploaded and complete. Once you have checked your work and completed/submitted all required portfolio information, press the Submit button. Once you press the Submit button, your portfolio submission is finalized and you will no longer be able to make changes. Note that applications are NOT considered complete and can not be considered for admission into the Film Option until you press the Submit button. If this is your first time using, you MUST first create a new account using your full name and CSUN email address (below). If at any time you forget your account login password, you can request a password reset on the login page by entering your email address and then clicking the Forgot? text. A tutorial video for submitting your online portfolio can be found here:
If you encounter any problems or issues with your online portfolio submission, please contact Prof. Joel Krantz at

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