In addition to teaching for Syracuse University Los Angles, Deland Nuse is a Lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. He has also taught at San Francisco State University, West Los Angeles College, The Los Angeles Film School and Loyola Marymount University. After completing his undergraduate and postgraduate work in the California State University system, Professor Nuse did graduate work in Experimental Psychology (learning, cognition and perception) at the University of New Mexico, and for the next few years, he worked in the Mental Health profession. However, a lifelong interest in film brought him to the graduate program in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University where he completed his M.A. in Film production in 1984. In the San Francisco area, he shot several of short films and documentaries including the award winning, The Other Bridge.
After moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an electrician, best boy and gaffer to learn the lighting techniques for feature film production. In 1987, he was hired to shoot his first feature, Natural Instinct. The cinematography of that film garnered positive critical attention and led to work on seven other independent features. Professor Nuse is also currently working as a director and cinematographer. In 2006, he received the Triple Play Award for Cinematography for the film, The Showdown, at the Long Island Film/Video Expo, and in 2007, he was awarded the UCLA Extension Dean’s Distinguished Instructor Award.