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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Portfolio instructions for Fall 2020 admission to the Option in Narrative Production will be posted in November 2019. 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


Long Beach QFilm Festival

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

More information

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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!


FEA 2019 Student Film Showcase

Saturday Night Shorts Fest (films from intermediate production courses)

Saturday May 18 at 7:00pm
University Theatre, CSULB

Annual Creative Nonfiction Film Showcase

Sunday May 19 at 1:00pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB

Annual Narrative Film Showcase

Sunday May 19 at 3:00pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB

Admission is free for all May 18-19 events. Parking: $9

The University Theatre is located just north of parking lot E8 off S. Campus Drive.

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach.



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Free screening of award-winning documentary QUEST. Q&A with filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski.

When: Tuesday, February 21st, 6:30 pm
Where: UTC-127

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Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.

This event is co-hosted by the Department of Film and Electronic Arts, CSULB Women's & Gender Equity Center, the CSULB Office of Multicultural Affairs and the PBS series POV.


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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!


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