Our mission is to provide future filmmakers, visual studies theorists, digital video artists, traditional film historians, avant-garde thinkers, experimental arts practitioners, Hollywood screenwriters, film philosophers, solo filmic artisans, cultural studies scholars, mixed-media/time-based artists, filmic fiction writers, contemplative critics, and other poets with a hands-on experience of the cinematic.

Recent Work

from Students

Michael Pierce

What’s it like to live homeless for a...

Megan Pham

Great States – Puget Sound, WA by Megan...

Shannon Scrivner

Graveyard by Shannon Scrivner and Logan Kemsley,...

Djochoua Belovarski

Star Chart Films Video Reel by Djochoua...

Megan Pham

Petals by Megan Pham, David Marmon II, Djochoua...

Walker Martin

Screened by Walker...

To Students

We invite you to join the Department of Cinematic Arts, of the College of Fine Arts, in leading filmmaking, video production, and related art, thought, and practice at the University of New Mexico. We are dedicated to the study and practice of film and video as art. You can earn the BA or minor in Media Arts, study a single course in production or critical studies, or take courses for graduate credit (although we don’t as yet offer a Masters Degree in Film Studies). Find our classes listed under Media Arts in the University schedule and catalog.

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.

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 Media Arts, 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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Recent News

October 14, 2015 |

Megan Pham on Hurlbut Visuals Female Cinematographer Mentorship Program

2015 Cinematic Arts graduate Megan Pham shares her experiences in the Hurlbut Visuals Female Cinematographer...

October 12, 2015 |

Matthew McDuffie’s film Burning Bodhi premieres at the Austin Film Festival

Writer/Director Matthew McDuffie’s new film Burning Bodhi premieres at the Austin Film Festival on November 1. It...

October 5, 2015 |

“The Magic of Words” on PBS, October 8

The documentary on Rudolfo Anaya called “The Magic of Words,” edited by Peter Lisignoli, will air on...

October 2, 2015 |

Meet Filmmaker Alex Rivera, October 5

The Department of Cinematic Arts invites you to an evening with award-winning filmmaker Alex Rivera – “The Ins...

September 18, 2015 |

“Film Talks” with Djochoua Belovarski

Cinematic Arts graduate and Instructional Assistant Djochoua Belovarski was recently featured in “Film...

September 18, 2015 |

Dr. Adán Ávalos at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Cinematic Arts Professor Dr. Adán Ávalos is in conversation with Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Friday, September...

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