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An approach to moving image art unlike any other
Become a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, video game designer, animator, visual studies theorist, film historian, experimental artist, or movie producer.
training in a wide array of cutting-edge digital media techniques
a rigorous foundation in film theory, aesthetics, and history
classes that prepare you for the demands of leadership, teamwork, and business.
Choose from the B.A. in Media Arts, the B.F.A. in IFDM (Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media), and the Arts Management Minor.
Media Arts students make movies. Simultaneously, they study the work of great filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Buñuel, and Maya Deren. They examine significant cinematic movements—the French New Wave, film noir, German Expressionism—and consider important genres like science fiction, horror, and comedy.
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While pursuing their degrees, Media Arts and IFDM students acquire valuable “real world” experiences. Our Arts Management minor equips you to navigate the business of art and the entrepreneurial aspects of image making. You may intern with businesses integral to the New Mexico film industry, and collaborate with our community partners such as Albuquerque Studios and Basement Films.
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“Education in the arts will continue to have a vital, necessary role into the twenty-first century. Study in the Fine Arts—in the area of studio practice, as well as history and criticism—is an essential undertaking in preparing students to meet the increasingly complex challenges that are before us. In the area of media study (in studio practice as well as critical studies), students can practice teamwork and attain practice in problem-solving that will apply to a wide variety of creative enterprises and employment opportunities. They will also attain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural currents that have informed the ways they use media, as spectators and as creators of moving image and sound works. Attaining these literacies are vitally important today, and will be essential in the long-term.”
-Professor Nina Fonoroff, Cinematic Arts, UNM
Andy Kastelic, who just graduated with a BA in Media Arts, and Matthew McDuffie, Professor of Practice in Screenwriting, both have films in the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Indie Film Night features short films and discussions from independent film makers. Senior Lecturer Bryan Konefsky’s 2012 film Miss Yummy Yummy screens as part of the event.
P A P E R B O Y was produced in IFDM 205L, taught by Adam Turner, and won best screenwriting and best comedy in the New Mexico Student Filmmaker Showcase hosted by the New Mexico Film Foundation.
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How to Apply
- All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM.
- You must also apply to the College of Fine Arts as a pre-major or a major.
- In addition IFDM majors must apply to become a major. There is no separate application for Media Arts majors.