Film, Television & Media Arts (FTMA) offers an outstanding array of courses for students seeking to fulfill general education requirements, skills development, practical and vocational education, and/or cultural enrichment.  Our classes introduce students to the history, theory, criticism, industrial practices, and hands-on of cinema, television and radio productions.

Students going through FTMA courses investigate a diversity of domestic and global forms of film and media and will transform language and concepts into fictional and non-fictional visualizations, and will be able to promote the critical analysis of mass communications through historical, cultural and business perspectives. Our aim is to empower students with the historical, aesthetic, practical, and cultural knowledge to research and analyze a range of cinematic styles, genres, and industrial practices (e.g. from marketing to film programming to media criticism and production) and engage those into completed productions through television, film and radio assignments.

FTMA reaches well beyond the usual boundaries of the traditional visual arts to advance students' critical thinking, creativity, visual literacy and cultural competency. Students also learn invaluable writing, research, and communication skills that transfer to a variety of academic and professional settings.

This major is designed for students who plan professional or academic careers in educational or commercial radio, television, and film production. The major provides training that leads to positions in management or creative capacities or in related scholarly areas. Study is directed toward developing competence in specific areas of the mass media professions and providing a general knowledge of mass communication theory.

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FTMA Courses


Faculty & Staff

Candice Larson

Full-Time Faculty
FTMA: Production & Media Studies
(805) 553-4843 | COM-104

Nicole Block

Full-Time Faculty
FTMA: Production & Media Studies
(805) 553-4897 | COM-105

Lauren C. Snowden

Full-Time Faculty
FTMA: Film Studies
(805) 553-4817 | COM-102

Jason Beaton

Adjunct Faculty
FTMA: Radio, Audio & Podcasting

Richard Feilden

Adjunct Faculty
FTMA: Film Studies

Benjamin Sampson

Adjunct Faculty
FTMA: Film Studies

Michael Grimes
FTMA: TV/Radio Production Specialist | Adjunct Faculty
(805) 378-1490 | COM-106


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Arts, Media, & Communication Studies Division Office

Dean: Priscilla Mora |

Administrative Assistant: Rain Matheke

Division Office:  | AA - 101 | (805) 553-4121

Department Chair: Rolland Petrello |

(805) 553-4869 | PA-124



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