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DEGREE OPTIONS IN FILM AND ELECTRONIC ARTS

last updated: November 10, 2016

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FEA degree requirements and courses from the 2016-17 University Catalog


  • Bachelor of Arts degree: Option in Narrative Production (54 units)

Students in this option receive intensive instruction in narrative cinema production and choose one of two specialized tracks for their senior year:

A. Producing and Directing

Focus on writing, producing, and directing short narrative films, including collaborative work on advanced projects.

B. Cinematography

Focus on the art and craft of cinematography, including lighting, shooting, and crewing on advanced narrative projects.

Enrollment in this degree option is limited. For admission to this option, applicants must submit a portfolio that is approved by a department faculty review committee.

Portfolios for Fall 2017 admission to the Option in Narrative Production are due February 13, 2017. Download portfolio instructions here.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree: Option in Theory and Practice of Cinema (54 units)

Students in this option attain a foundational education in the history and theory of media, and choose one of the following nine tracks to acquire specialized training:

A. Critical Practice

Interpreting and writing about moving images using various critical methodologies.

B. Creative Nonfiction Production

Principles and techniques of creating nonfiction films, culminating in production of a short documentary project.

C. Screenwriting

Writing narratives for film, television, and transmedia, as well as writing adaptations from other media.

D. Editing

Theory and practice of editing, using nonlinear editing systems to cut and assemble projects and manage post-production workflows.

E. Audio

Principles and techniques of recording and designing sound for moving images.

F. Broadcast Production

Producing broadcast media including three-camera studio shows, commercials, public service announcements, and live events.

G. Production Management

Learning the producer's role in feature-length film projects, from development and pre-production to post-production and distribution.

H. Digital Arts

Principles and techniques of producing visual effects, animation, interactive media, and games.

I. Production Design

Principles and techniques of designing a motion picture's sets, locations, visual effects, and/or animation into a unified visual style.


  • Minor in Film and Electronic Arts (21 units)

The minor is a semi-structured program designed to enrich students' understanding of the history and practice of moving images. Students should consult a department advisor regarding ways by which approved courses for the minor can be grouped into specialized tracks.




HOW TO APPLY - Major-Specific Admissions Requirements


Incoming freshmen

Incoming freshmen interested in Film and Electronic Arts (FEA) are admitted as "Pre-Film and Electronic Arts." There is no portfolio requirement for incoming freshman applicants.

During their first few semesters at CSULB, students should complete lower-division general education requirements as well as the lower-division FEA courses. Continuation in the major is subject to meeting specific lower-division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major.

For more information regarding the University admissions process, please visit:

http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/freshmen.html.


Current CSULB students

To be considered for admission to the Film and Electronic Arts major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Required lower-division preparation courses or articulated equivalents with a minimum grade of "C" or better:
    • ART 110 - Introduction to the Visual Arts or AH 111B - Foundation Art History II
    • FEA 205 - Film History
    • FEA 206 - History of Broadcasting
    • FEA 207 - Introduction to Screenwriting
    • FEA 299 - Media Aesthetics
  • Required General Education Foundation courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better:
    • Written Communication (A1)
    • Oral Communication (A2)
    • Critical Thinking (A3)
    • Mathematics (B2)

Applicants to the Option in Narrative Production must also submit a portfolio that is approved by a department faculty review committee. Portfolio instructions are generally posted in late October and portfolios are submitted in early February.

There is no portfolio required for admission into the Option in Theory and Practice of Cinema.


Incoming transfer students

In addition to the University admissions requirements, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Required lower-division preparation courses or articulated equivalents with a minimum grade of "C" or better:
    • ART 110 - Introduction to the Visual Arts or AH 111B - Foundation Art History II
    • A minimum of two of the following courses:
      • FEA 205 - Film History
      • FEA 206 - History of Broadcasting
      • FEA 207 - Introduction to Screenwriting
      • FEA 299 - Media Aesthetics
  • Required General Education foundation courses with a minimum grade of "C"or better:
    • Written Communication (A1)
    • Oral Communication (A2)
    • Critical Thinking (A3)
    • Mathematics (B2)

Transfer students who do not complete FEA 205, FEA 206, FEA 207, or FEA 299 must do so during their first semester at CSULB.

Applicants to the Option in Narrative Production must also submit a portfolio that is approved by a department faculty review committee. Portfolio instructions are generally posted in late October and portfolios are submitted in early February.

Transfer students must apply for admission to CSULB by November 30, 2016 for Fall 2017 admission.

Portfolios for Fall 2017 admission to the Option in Narrative Production are due February 13, 2017. Download portfolio instructions here.

There is no portfolio required for admission into the Option in Theory and Practice of Cinema.

For more information regarding the University admissions process, please visit:

http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/transfers.html.




Questions?

Please contact FEA Academic Advisor Lorenzo Gutierrez-Jarquin for more information:

lorenzo.gutierrez-jarquin@csulb.edu