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.

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More About Studying Film 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

All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Click here to 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. 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

The College of Fine Arts Advisement Office can help with questions about requirements, guidelines, and other advisement matters. Click here for the CFA website and forms with details on the requirements for Majors and Minors in the Department of Cinematic Arts. To speak with a CFA advisor, call 505-277-4817. Click here for information on Walk-In Hours to speak to a CFA advisor.


Scholarships and Financial Aid are available through the University. Click on the links below for relevant information:

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News and Events

September 26, 2016 |

IFDM Alumni Presentation 9/30

Join us for a very special presentation as part of the UNM Homecoming events this week, co-hosted by the College...

September 23, 2016 |

2016 Student Filmmaker Showcase Awards!

The New Mexico Film Foundation screened the student films last night. Here is the list of awards that were...

September 23, 2016 |

From Ant Farm to You Tube: The multi-media practice of Chip Lord

Where: Artslab, University of New Mexico, 1601 Central Ave NE When: September 30, 2016 1pm – 3pm (admission is...

June 30, 2016 |

Chinese, New Mexico film officials begin cross-cultural media partnership

Panda iMedia, one of China’s top online media holding companies, along with the New Mexico Film Office, the New...

May 6, 2016 |

Celebrate 2015-16 Distinguished Student Work

Come Celebrate 2015-16 Distinguished Student Work from the Department of Cinematic Arts – Join your fellow...

April 30, 2016 |

Art Critics United at Arts Unexpected

As part of the annual College of Fine Arts “Arts Unexpected” event on Friday, April 29th, Cinematic...

April 25, 2016 |

McDuffie Featured in the President’s Weekly Perspective

UNM President Frank’s Weekly Perspective on April 25, 2016 features Matthew McDuffie, Professor of Practice in...

April 20, 2016 |

Death brings inspiration for McDuffie, “Burning Bodhi”

Professor of Practice Matthew McDuffie and his feature film Burning Bodhi were recently featured on the unm.edu...

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