Program: Film



The Film Program at Long Beach City College is a transfer-based program.  We give students the opportunity to begin their college-level film education and also help them find the right university for transfer. Over the past 3 years, we have transferred students to the film programs 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. We offer courses in both film studies and film production, as well as an introductory screenwriting course. Our goal is for students to come out of the program with a basic understanding of the central formal and aesthetic concepts of the cinema, as well as a fundamental technical grasp of Digital Film Production.

Career Opportunities

Students learn an appreciation of film as a medium of mass communication and with experiences in film production. It provides partial lower division preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate degree in this field.

Degree Options

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.

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


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.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Ability to synthesize lower-division level of principles and theories related to visual storytelling using cinematic structure.
  • A 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.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • 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.