CSULB FEA Department Office: UTC 104      Phone: 562-985-5404     Fax: 562-985-5405

Welcome to the Department of Film & Electronic Arts

For more than 50 years, we have prepared students for careers in the production and study of moving images. We strive to offer:

  • an affordable and highly valued Bachelor of Arts in Film and Electronic Arts
  • a diverse faculty comprised of accomplished industry professionals and media historians
  • an emphasis on undergraduate education, in which students work directly with highly experienced professors
  • a comprehensive education in the history and theory of moving images, with specialized training available in the following areas:
    • producing and directing
    • creative nonfiction production
    • broadcast production
    • cinematography
    • screenwriting
    • production management
    • postproduction
  • abundant internship and networking opportunities
  • a chance to collaborate on creative projects with talented and highly motivated students on our beautiful Long Beach campus

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Narrative Production Admissions for Fall 2020

Portfolios for Fall 2020 admission to the Option in Narrative Production are due by Monday, March 2, 2020 by 12:00 pm. Download portfolio instructions here.


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The 28th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival was presented at the Digital Hollywood media conference at the Skirball Cultural Center on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Congratulations to our CSULB FEA winners and finalists!


  • Samantha Hernandez, Austin Aviles, For Vivian


  • Samantha Hernandez, Austin Aviles, For Vivian


  • 1st place: Casey White, The Undergrounders


  • 1st place: Samantha Hernandez, Austin Aviles, For Vivian
  • 2nd place: Charles Watson, Kristofer Garza, Lurker


  • 1st place: Quynh Ong, Spotlight: Emotional Support Animals


  • 1st place: Gabriela Menegus, Some Things We Do
  • 3rd place: Laura Odermatt, Diana Danh, A Musical Thing


  • 2nd place: Michael Tadros, Sick
  • 3rd place: Ethan Geiger, Running In Place
  • 4th place: Antonieta Sanchez, Darling


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HFPA Donates $65,000!

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the following donations to the CSULB Film and Electronic Arts Department for 2018-19:

  • $60,000 for student scholarships
  • $5,000 for the HFPA Scholarship Endowment

FEA faculty, staff, and students gratefully acknowledge the HFPA's continued philanthropic support!


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TED Talk Cinematographer Gets Millions of Views

David Waldman, associate professor of Film and Electronic Arts and professional cinematographer, has filmed more than 2,000 TED Talks. In this CSU faculty profile, Waldman shares an insider's view of shooting TED's popular series and how the work compares to other forms of cinematic storytelling.


 Nicole Ilagan

FEA student named Outstanding Graduate of the College of the Arts

FEA major Nicole Ilagan has been named the outstanding graduate of the College of the Arts for 2017-18. Nicole specialized in broadcast production and served as executive producer of College Beat TV and director of communications for the first TEDxCSULB conference. In Spring 2017 she earned a nationally competitive NBC internship on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in New York City. Nicole graduated with honors in December 2017, and now works as a production coordinator at NBC-Universal in Burbank. Congratulations, Nicole!


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FEA ranked #4 Top Value Undergraduate Film Program in U.S.

Focusing on affordability and return on investment, College Values Online has ranked CSULB's Film and Electronic Arts Department as the #4 "top value" Bachelor's Film Studies program in the nation for 2017-2018.

"Top Value" film school rankings are based on well-rounded, relevant curriculum; film and merit-based scholarship opportunities; recognition in the film industry job market; state-of-the-art film and production equipment; alumni success; and film-related features of particular distinction.

View the Top 30 list of "Top Value" Bachelor's Film Studies Programs


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Free Screening and Filmmaker Q&A: Our Time Machine

Join us for a special event film screening of the award-winning documentary OUR TIME MACHINE followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Film Synopsis: When artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimer's disease, he creates "Papa's Time Machine," a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets. Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.

Film Trailer: http://timemachinefilm.com/


When: October 24, 2019 at 6:30-9pm (85 minute film, followed by Q&A)
Where: Department of Film & Electronic Arts' Screening Room (UTC-127)

Questions? Contact Helen.Scheer@csulb.edu

**Best Cinematography Award at Tribeca Film Festival

Organized by the Department of Film and Electronic Arts with major support from the CSU Entertainment Alliance, CSULB's Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, 22 West, and the Women's and Gender Equity Center.


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Free Screening and Filmmaker Q&A: The Providers

Join us for a special event film screening of the award-winning documentary THE PROVIDERS followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Film Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers' relationships with marginalized patients.

Film Trailer: http://theprovidersdoc.com/


When: September 11, 2019 at 6:30-9 pm (85 minute film, followed by Q&A)
Where: University Theatre (UT-108)

Questions? Contact Helen.Scheer@csulb.edu

"The Providers delivers a deeply moving portrait of selflessness and dedication that feels particularly timely in this era of division between the red and blue states." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Organized by the Department of Film and Electronic Arts with major support from the CSU Entertainment Alliance, 22 West, The School of Nursing/Sigma, and the Women's and Gender Equity Center.


Long Beach QFilm Festival

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When: September 5th - 8th
Where: Long Beach Art Theatre

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The FEA Department is proud to be a community partner for the QFilm Festival screening of Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria.

When: Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 pm
Where: Long Beach Art Theatre

About Long Beach QFilm Festival: Established in 1993, QFilms is the longest running film festival in Long Beach and the city's 2nd largest LGBTQ cultural event. QFilms screens feature and short films that showcase the magnificent diversity of the LGBTQ community. In addition to screenings, the festival also includes Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, nightly parties, and all day lounge, and exclusive VIP filmmakers lounge for all access pass holders. Critically, net proceeds from QFilms benefit the programs and services of The LGBTQ Center Long Beach.

About Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria: When San Francisco city officials vowed to shut down all the gay bars in 1961, the 38 year-old female impersonator threw caution to the wind and campaigned for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. Exclusive sneak preview of a work in progress!

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