Film and Film Studies


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.


Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Film, TV & Electronic Media
Associate in Arts (AA), Film
Certificate of Achievement (ACH), Digital Filmmaking

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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.


Start your career as a professional and/or specialist in the areas below!

Film Production & Post Production

  • Animator 
  • Art Director 
  • Assistant Editor 
  • Boom Operator 
  • Camera Operator 
  • Cinematographer 
  • Colorizing Technician 
  • Digital Media Coordinator 
  • Digital Media Technician 
  • Director  
  • Editor 
  • Electrician 
  • Foley Artist 
  • Grip 
  • Lighting Technician 
  • Logger/Transcriber 
  • Producer  
  • Production Assistant 
  • Production Coordinator 
  • Production Designer 
  • Production Sound Recordist 
  • (Re)Recording Mixer 
  • Screenwriter 
  • Script Supervisor 
  • Sound Editor 
  • Visual/Special Effects Specialist 

Film Education/Festivals/Archivist/Criticism

  • Archivist 
  • Critic 
  • Festival Programmer 
  • Film/Studio Executive 
  • Film/TV/Media Instructor 
  • Film/TV/Digital Media Marketing Specialist 
  • Licensing Specialist 
  • Media Operations & Distribution Specialist 
  • Researcher 
  • Theater Manager 


What schools can I transfer to with the Film AS-T? 

Any CSU Film Program. Those include CSU Long Beach, San Diego State, San Francisco State, CSU Northridge, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, and a few others.

Can I transfer to other Film Schools like UCLA or USC with the Film AS-T?

You will need some but not all of the courses on the AS-T to gain acceptance to the Film programs at UCLA or USC. Our Film faculty are happy to discuss the requirements for those programs or others you might be interested in (Chapman, Loyola Marymount, NYU, etc). 

Do LBCC graduates find work in the Film industry after they graduate? 

Yes! We have many alumni working in various capacities in the Film & Television Industries, from Marvel movies to network television shows, commercials, and advertising. 

Are there any work-related courses from the program or training workshops available to develop academic and job skills? 

Yes, we have a work experience course, FILM 270WE, where students can acquire job skills and training that will help them enter the Film industry workforce.