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 (new for Fall 2016)
  • 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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Fall 2017 Admissions

Portfolios for Fall 2017 admission to the Option in Narrative Production are due February 13, 2017. Download portfolio instructions here. Transfer students must first apply for admission to CSULB by November 30, 2016.


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FEA Students Win 11 Awards at CSU Media Arts Festival!

Congratulations to our student award winners at the 2016 CSU Media Arts Festival, a juried competition among CSU film/media programs, held Saturday November 5 at Cal State Los Angeles:

Audience Choice Award

  • Stephanie South and Amelia Benavente, Star Trek Wars


  • Melanie Comstock, Detour: 1st Place


  • Teddy Valentovich and Fran Portillo, The Adventures of Lucy: 2nd Place
  • Stephanie South and Amelia Benavente, Star Trek Wars: 3rd Place


  • Mihika Padbidri, A.V.A: 2nd Place
  • Claire Fisher, Locked In: 3rd Place

Short Screenplay

  • Kaleigh Kaliher, Hurricane Taylor: 2nd Place
  • Frank Truong, Getaway: 3rd Place


  • Kyoung A. Kang, Let Me Re-Live: Paper Cup: 1st Place

Television, News

  • Nicole Ilagan and Erica Quiroz, Beach Access: 3rd Place

Television, Variety

  • Nicole Ilagan, And We Vote! Celebrity Edition: 1st Place



FEA Department Unveils $70,000 TV Studio Upgrade

On October 14, the FEA Department welcomed CSULB President Jane Conoley and representatives from the Long Beach Community Action Partnership and PADNET.tv to unveil a $70,000 investment, creating an industry-standard full HD television studio for FEA students and collaborating departments.

The Public Access Digital Network (PADNET) is Long Beach's community media center and television station and is a program of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership. PADNET's mission is to empower Long Beach residents with quality tools and training to create locally produced news, information, and entertainment for the city's community channels (Charter 32/Frontier 41). The funding PADNET receives each year, via a statewide franchise agreement with cable companies, is highly restricted to capital use only.

"Working with community partners such as CSULB really allows us to leverage this funding for a greater community good," said PADNET director Lisa Mastramico. "The Film and Electronic Arts students will now train on new, high-quality equipment which will better prepare them to work in the industry. Plus, the content they produce will be visible to a much larger audience via our community cable channels and website."


HFPA Donates $105,000!

At its annual Grants Banquet on August 4, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the following donations to the Film and Electronic Arts Department for 2016-17:

  • $60,000 for student scholarships
  • $40,000 one-time grant for equipment and software upgrades to sound mixing suite
  • $5,000 for the HFPA Scholarship Endowment

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


 Nana Dijo

Free screening of Nana Dijo. Special guest: co-director Bocaflojas

When: Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30-9:30pm

Where: University Theatre

Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness (2015) is a short documentary that explores the black experience in the context of Latin America and Latino/a identities. It is the first documentary collaborative project by filmmakers/musicians Bocafloja and Cambiowashere.

Filmed in Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States, the film opens a crucial platform of analysis about race relations by transgressing beyond the parameters of "safe discourses" imposed by culturalist agendas. The narrative sewed into Nana Dijo grows out from the body of the oppressed as an experience that trespasses the borders created by nation-states. Nana Dijo is the black experience, often hidden in the colonized psyche, "which goes out for a walk each Sunday through the vernacular experience of our grandmothers."


Organized by the CSULB Latin American Studies program and Migration Studies minor. Co-sponsored by the Department of Film & Electronic Arts.


 Hangmen Also Die

German Studies Symposium: Brecht and Kleist Drive-By Theatre Double Feature

The Jack Bull (John Badham, 1999), based on Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist (1810)

When: Wednesday, September 28, 6:45 PM

Where: University Art Museum

Hangmen Also Die (Fritz Lang, 1943), story by Bertolt Brecht

When: Thursday, September 29, 3:30 PM

Where: Multicultural Center (FO3 Building)

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Organized by the CSULB German Studies program and the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by the Department of Film & Electronic Arts.



Free screening of (T)error. Special guest: co-director Lyric R. Cabral

When: Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30-9:00pm, followed by discussion with the filmmaker

Where: University Theatre

In this gripping 2015 documentary, Saeed "Shariff" Torres, a counterterrorism informant for more than two decades, takes on his last job for the FBI. He invites the filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist — without informing his superiors. What is revealed raises serious legal questions about the use of informants indomestic terrorism cases.

This screening and discussion is part of FEA's Quandaries documentary film series, exploring the boundaries and gray areas between what is ethical versus legal, as well as differences between documentary filmmaking and traditional journalism.

Series organized by Prof. Helen Hood Scheer and funded by a Visiting Fellows grant from the CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative.

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