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:
    • narrative production
    • creative nonfiction production
    • broadcast production
    • cinematography
    • editing
    • sound design
    • screenwriting
    • production management
    • critical practice
    • digital arts
    • production design
  • 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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Portfolios for Fall 2019 admission to the Option in Narrative Production are due February 24, 2019. Download portfolio instructions here. Admission to the option is for Fall 2019 only. There is no Spring admission for the Narrative Production Option.


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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!


 College Values Online Top Degree Programs 2017

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 of Sundance documentary HALF THE PICTURE. Q&A with filmmaker Amy Adrion.

When: Monday, December 10th, 7:30 pm
Where: University Theater (UT-108)

HALF THE PICTURE celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has denied opportunities to many talented women in Hollywood. Interviews with famous directors such as Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July are complemented by expert analysis from the ACLU's Melissa Goodman, the Sundance Institute's Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan, USC's Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University's Dr. Martha Lauzen. An incredibly timely film in the #MeToo and Time's Up era, HALF THE PICTURE is an inspiring account of the endurance of female talent in the face of Hollywood male bias.

This event is co-sponsored by the Film & Electronic Arts and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies departments as well as the FEA Women in Film Association.


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30th year Anniversary Screening
Stephen M. Kienzle Presents
Terrorgram with James Earl Jones as "The Voice of Retribution"

ALUMS! Come join us for a celebration and thank you for cast crew and friends (many of whom are FEA alums) who supported the film Terrorgram 30 years ago. Our very own FEA Stephen Hubbert will be there to celebrate. Tickets are $10 and proceeds are going to "The Gary Sinise Foundation" for veterans. Donations will also be accepted and they are tax deductible. Your ticket is waived if you come dressed as a character from the movie. ie: The Bowling Queens or maybe film director Alan Smithee. If you are up for the challenge and know the cult film, then come as The Driller Killer! Q & A will follow with the Producer, DP, Writer and most important member of the crew - the PAs!! A raffle will be held and we're sure some cheap prop or publicity flyer will be passed off as a priceless rare artifact.

One night only!

Sunday, November 11th at 7:00 pm

Whittier Village Cinema
7038 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602


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Film & Electronic Arts Student Ambassadors Present:
The Great Buster with Q&A

Screening of Peter Bogdanovich's award-winning new documentary The Great Buster. The film celebrates the life and career of celebrated comedian Buster Keaton. Screening to be directly followed by Q&A with special guest, the film's editor and CSULB alum Bill Berg-Hillinger. Presented as part of the new F-Talk film screening series.

When: Thursday November 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: UTC-127

Admission is free!


Long Beach QFilm Festival

September 6-9
Long Beach Art Theatre

More information

 Robert Mapplethorpe Q Films

The FEA Department is proud to be a community partner for the QFilm Festival screening of: Mapplethorpe

Friday, September 7 at 9:15 pm
Long Beach Art Theatre


Long Beach Community Film Festivals:

Long Beach Indie International Film Festival

August 29-September 2
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters

Cambodia Town Film Festival

September 13-16
Long Beach Art Theatre

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