The CSU Design Forum is a learning series that brings together artists, educators, organizers and makers from around the state and across the country in order to share their diverse knowledge and experiences with the students of CSU and the greater community.

All events will take place on the Zoom virtual meeting platform. To add an event (and the Zoom link) to your calendar, click READ MORE in the event description, then click on ADD EVENT TO MY CALENDAR on the event page. You can also click HERE to go directly to the Zoom session.

CSU Design Forum has a live transcription option available to all attendees.

Thursday, February 10th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

The Green Stage #2: Sustainable Approaches in Lighting, Media and Sound Design

Join us for a conversation about sustainability in the time-based arts with an exciting panel of international guests including theatre & film composer and sound designer Debashis Sinha, lighting designer and University of Oklahoma sustainability coordinator Renée Brode, lighting and media designer and Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University Ian Garrett, and practitioner-researcher in intermedial performance, digital scenography & Australian performance design Tessa Rixon.


Thursday, February 24th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

Working with the Costume Shop

Amy Hutto the costume shop manager at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, talks to costume design students about working with the costume shop as a designer. She will also discuss starting a career as a costume technician and talk about roles such as stitcher, draper and first hand.


NEW DATE: Thursday, March 17, 6:00pm-7:30pm Pacific Time

Professional Practice #2: Financial Planning for Freelance Artists

Are you worried about how to make ends meet in the performing arts? Wondering how to manage paying off your student loans? Bailie Slevin, the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting firm geared specifically towards creatives and freelancers, joins us to talk about financial planning and managing our mental health around these often stressful issues.


Thursday, March 24th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

Working Backstage in Hollywood: Lighting and Sound

CSU Fullerton alumni McLeod Benson (light board programmer for Wheel of Fortune) and Tim Murphy (CBS sound engineer) will talk about navigating employment as technicians working in the entertainment industry. They will discuss the skills they use every day, making meaningful professional contacts, and how to prepare for a career while still in school.


April 14th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

What is "the Union"? Technical and Craft Locals

Representatives from the entertainment labor unions, IATSE, that represent the crafts and technical areas in Los Angeles and Orange County will be available to give answers to all of your questions concerning the "Union" and what that means. IATSE #33 L.A. Stage Technicians & Projectionists; Local #44 Affiliated Property Craftspersons; Local #729 Set Painters & Sign Writers and Local #504 Orange County.


Thursday, April 21st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

Production Design & Art Direction

Production Designer & Art Director Shaun Motley, credits include The Wall, Little Big Time, Let's Make a Deal among other shows, will discuss what skills are needed to work in the art department for television and film, how to get them in school, and how to find work after graduation.