Film & Film Studies

The Film Program at Long Beach City College–with its cutting edge curriculum and outstanding faculty–guides students on a path towards transferring to a university and/or career preparation in the media and entertainment industries. Offering two Associates Degrees and one Certificate of Achievement in Digital Filmmaking, we provide students with the necessary critical and hands-on creative tools to launch their college-level film and media education, while also helping them find the right university for transfer and/or guiding them towards a career.

Over the past three years, we have transferred students to film schools at UCLA, USC, NYU, Chapman University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, Brooklyn College, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, San Francisco State University and various other universities. Our alumni have also secured jobs at Fox Searchlight, Discovery Channel, and more.

We offer essential, innovative courses at both campuses in Film Studies and Film Production, as well as an introductory screenwriting course. Our goal is for students to gain a foundational understanding of the key aesthetic, historical, and industrial concepts of cinema, as well as a fundamental, technical practice in Digital Film Production. Our LAC location includes a 26 station digital MAC lab with Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and After Effects.  Our PCC location includes a 24 station digital MAC lab, a multi-station large studio for production, along with make-up and dressing areas.


Film Studies and Film Production reach well beyond the usual boundaries of the traditional visual arts to advance students’ critical thinking, creativity, visual literacy, cultural competency, and technical knowledge. Students also learn invaluable writing, research, management, and communication skills that transfer to a variety of professional settings within and outside of the media and entertainment industries. Our program provides partial lower-division preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate degree in this field.

Degrees & Certificates

Film, Television & Electronic Media (AS-T) Curriculum Guide
Film (AA + Cert) Curriculum Guide

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Film, TV & Electronic Media

The Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete the lower-division major and general education preparation for transferring to a CSU as a Film, Television, and Electronic Media major. The study of Film, Television, and Electronic Media serves two purposes: it gives students the basic skills of media analysis and the basic technical skills and knowledge of media production. Students learn to analyze media and articulate the historical, social, and aesthetic functions of that media and also learn the basic production practices that go into making film/ tv/web content. Coursework familiarizes students with classic film/tv/media works and standard production techniques to build a foundation for future production and/or analytical work. The goal of this curriculum is a comprehensive preparation for further academic study and ultimately a baccalaureate degree for those considering professional careers and/or admission to a graduate program.


  • Analyze film, television, and media works for formal and thematic meaning.
  • Demonstrate basic operational skills of film, television, and/or media production and post-production technologies.

Associate in Arts (AA), Film

Students gain a broader knowledge of film as a medium of mass communication and cultural artifact, as well as basic experience in film production practice and technique. The program provides lower-division preparation for students interested in transfer to a baccalaureate degree in this field.


  • Ability to synthesize the lower-division level of principles and theories related to visual storytelling using cinematic structure.
  • Respect for film as a means of personal, cultural, or social expression synthesizing production technique and creative vision.

Certificate of Achievement – Digital Filmmaking

The Digital Filmmaking program is designed to prepare students for entry-level and self-employment in the film and television fields. Students are given basic skills in all aspects of film and video production & post-production: camera operation, lighting and cinematography, sound recording, video editing, sound design and creation, color correction, and visual effects. Emphasis is placed on hands-on, experiential learning. Students are given access to professional-level equipment to produce both individual and collaborative projects and gain the necessary skills to enter the entertainment workforce.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of concept, design, and creation of film projects.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively to produce film projects.
  • Engage creativity and original thinking in the production of a film project.
  • Develop a career path in the film and television industry.