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Film and Electronic Arts

College of the Arts

A CSULB student works on an art project

Department Chair: Craig R. Smith

Department Office: University Telecommunications Center (UTC), Room 104
Telephone: (562) 985-5404

Faculty: Jack Anderson, Michael Berlin, Tom Blomquist, Sharyn Blumenthal, Brian Alan Lane, Jerry Mosher, Micheal C. Pounds, Jose Sanchez-H., Craig R. Smith, Diana Wagman

Administrative Coordinator: Donna Thomas

Instructional Support Technician: Steve Hubbert

Information Technology Consultant: Robert Rhyu

Career Possibilities

Technical Director • Sound Effects Technician • Film Editor • Producer • Director • Screenwriter • Script Reader • Studio Operations Engineer • Sales Representative for Video Equipment • Teacher • Media Specialist • Public Relations Specialist • Sound Technician • Filmmaker • Cinema Photographer • Costume Designer • Production Coordinator (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


Film and Electronic Arts is an innovative program that emphasizes both theory and practice. Focusing upon the integration of media and the arts, as well as upon the impact of technology on our culture, the curriculum is designed to provide technical skills while developing a foundation in the arts and the humanities.

The faculty provides a diversity of expertise and interests which cross traditional media lines while integrating the traditional film, audio, and video production modes. Theory and aesthetics are taught as an integral part of the development of production skills. Faculty include a variety of highly-qualified Los Angeles area media professionals.

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major in Film and Electronic Arts, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted. Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. A minimum of 42 semester units applicable to a CSULB degree must have been completed prior to the term for which admission to the major is sought. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission based on cumulative grade point average.

Transfer students must apply to the University during the initial filing periods for fall or spring semesters.

Currently enrolled students who meet the requirements listed above must submit an Admission to the Upper-Division Major form to the Film and Electronic Arts Department by February 1 for the fall semester or October 1 for the spring semester.

Supplemental Screening Criteria

  1. During or before the first semester as a declared major, students must complete FEA 299 with a grade of “B” or higher.
  2. Students must attempt to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by the end of the semester in which FEA 299 is completed.
  3. Completion of ART 110 or AH 111B.

Students who fail to meet the supplemental screening criteria may not continue in the major and may re-apply only once in accordance with University policy regarding impacted majors.