Our mission is to provide a hands-on experience of the cinematic, dedicated to the study and practice of film and video as art. You will develop the necessary critical, creative, and technical skills to succeed as a moviemaker, screenwriter, video game designer, visual studies theorist, film historian, or experimental arts practitioner.
Cinematic Arts at UNM
We offer the BA in Media Arts, the BFA 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 as science fiction, horror, and comedy.
IFDM majors acquire skills in moviemaking, gaming, animation, visual effects, design, multimedia, and business. A model of interdisciplinary education, the IFDM curriculum is structured to serve a variety of needs.
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.
How to Apply
You must also apply to the College of Fine Arts as a pre-major or a major. Click here for more information on applying for admission to the College of Fine Arts as a Declared Major.
In addition IFDM majors must apply to become a major. Click here for information on applying. There is no separate application for Media Arts majors.
Major and Minors
December 19, 2016 |
Bryan Konefsky (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Cinematic Arts at UNM) has been awarded an Art Works grant...
December 9, 2016 |
The Cinematic Arts Department is hosting our End-of-Semester Student Showcase, featuring student work completed...
November 28, 2016 |
Nathaniel Gutierrez Media Arts major Messing With Your Perception Student, photographer, projection artist. –...
November 16, 2016 |
You’re invited to the 12th Annual Audio Visual Show! “A killer line-up of Albuquerque media artists...
November 10, 2016 |
It’s time for this semester’s Arts MESHWORKING Event where students interested in the Arts Management...
November 1, 2016 |
New Mexican Film Noir Intercession course, January 3-13, 2017 MA330.012 (58959) & IFDM 491.012 (58960) This...
October 14, 2016 |
EXCHANGE: Between You and Me An Invitational Art Show by Collective Perception Exhibition Dates/Time October 18...
October 5, 2016 |
The Department of Cinematic Arts presents a talk by Getrude Matshe, casting agent for Peter Jackson’s King Kong...