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The Cinematic Arts and Technology Department is dedicated to the education of socially engaged and diverse filmmakers. At Cinematic Arts we nurture the creative voice of the individual, develop critical consciousness, and foster meaningful dialogue and active engagement with the community.

Working as a close-knit interdisciplinary community and through project-based learning, the Cinematic Arts department allows students to master the conceptual and technical skills of the contemporary media artist and professional, while providing a historical, theoretical, and critical context for creative work.

Students are encouraged to develop their unique voices working within a variety of cinematic forms, including fiction, documentary, experimental, interactive cinema, and animation. Through our community partnerships they are provided with opportunities for social engagement and high-profile exhibition of their work.

Our curriculum presents the cultural impact of cinema as art, industry, and technology, providing the framework for the development of innovative, ethical, and technically proficient media professionals preparing students for graduate study, employment in related industries and careers as media artists.

Scholarship Opportunities

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Cinematic Arts & Technology has several major specific scholarship opportunities. You can find information about them all on the Scholarship Opportunities page under the Student Resources tab.


New Cinematic Arts & Technology staff & faculty offices.

Starting in the Fall 2019 semester you can find our offices on the second floor of the new College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Building 504 (Academic III) Also included in the new building are 2 brand new edit lab classrooms which will allow us to provide even more classes and open lab hours for students. The old Cinematic Arts building 27 studio, edit suites, and equipment check out will all remain active.

CAHSS Bldg. 504 Academic III, Webpage

Spring 2019 Open Screenings


Migrant Youth Stories Project: Friday May 3, 2019, 5:00-8:30 PM - CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts and Culture

Directing for the Camera: Friday May 10, 2019, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM - Cinematic Arts and Technology Studio

Cinematic Arts Foundations Lab 1: Tuesday May 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Cinematic Arts and Technology Studio

Cinematic Arts Foundations Lab 2: Tuesday May 14, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Cinematic Arts and Technology Studio

Documentary Productions: Tuesday May 14, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Cinematic Arts and Technology Studio

Cinematography: Wednesday May 15, 2019, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Cinematic Arts and Technology Studio

Art of Composting: Wednesday May 15, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Cinematic Arts and Technology Studio

Cinematic Arts Capstone Film Festival

Please join us for a special screening of films created by Spring 2019 Cinematic Arts & Technology graduates! 24 short films will be screened spanning a range of genres including animation, documentary, narrative, & experimental film.

May 16, 2019


Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Free and open to the public.

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Cinematic Arts & Technology

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