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...

More About Studying Film at UNM

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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News and Events

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...

April 15, 2016 |

The Boxer and the Boy Scout

You are invited to a special screening of “The Boxer and the Boy Scout” Friday, April 22, 6:30pm CERIA 365 Senior...

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