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Welcome to Media Arts



Eric SwelstedWelcome to the Los Angeles Valley College Media Arts Department. Our department is composed of Broadcasting, Cinema, Journalism, Media Arts, and Photography. We are excited to announce that all of our programs will soon be moving to a new home, the Valley Academic and Cultural Center, expected to be completed in 2021.

Our Broadcasting degree and certificate programs enable students to gain valuable skills and creative techniques in the highly competitive and challenging world of Radio, Television, and Voice Over for over-the-air signals, cable, satellite and internet stations. We also have an exciting transfer degree with options for Broadcasting and Cinema/Media Arts students.

The Cinema and Media Arts curriculum focuses on training students to hone their storytelling skills through screenwriting classes and visual media classes in production and postproduction. It is our mission to prepare students to develop a broad understanding of the many facets of California’s ever-changing entertainment industry, and to learn appropriate skills to obtain internships and to be employed in entry-level positions in a variety of production venues.

Journalism and Photography students obtain skills for entry-level employment and career opportunities in print, online and photography careers.

Media Arts Students in all of these disciplines at Valley College often find that their course load fosters strong bonds as they work and study together to meet tight production schedules and master the concepts introduced in their academic coursework. Students often rely upon one another to perform mutual crew duties on the many student productions each semester.

Please see each of our specific pages dedicated to Broadcasting, Cinema, Journalism, Media Arts, and Photography for more information, or contact us.


Eric Swelstad
Media Arts Department Chair
Campus Center, Room 249
(818) 778-5503

At Los Angeles Valley College, your career success is our goal. Please see our Career Tips Page!

"Looks like I am taking a break from the Industry and going back to college!"

-- Steve P. Yandrich
Line Producer and Unit Production Manager


Our Associate of Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement programs are as follows:

Media Arts Department Transfer Degree:

Broadcasting Degrees:

Broadcasting Certificates:

Cinema Degrees & Certificates of Achievement:

Journalism Degrees:

Journalism Certificates:

Media Arts Degrees & Certificates of Achievement:

Fill out the Graduation and Certificate form and email the completed form to Admissions and Records using

Advanced students on film set.

"Thank you so much for supporting the SIGGRAPH field trip. It is probably the most impactful thing we do in terms of exposing students to the cutting edge of digital media."

-- Mari Kono
Digital Media Director and Teacher
Birmingham Charter High School