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.
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
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.
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September 26, 2016 |
Join us for a very special presentation as part of the UNM Homecoming events this week, co-hosted by the College...
September 23, 2016 |
The New Mexico Film Foundation screened the student films last night. Here is the list of awards that were...
September 23, 2016 |
Where: Artslab, University of New Mexico, 1601 Central Ave NE When: September 30, 2016 1pm – 3pm (admission is...
June 30, 2016 |
Panda iMedia, one of China’s top online media holding companies, along with the New Mexico Film Office, the New...
May 6, 2016 |
Come Celebrate 2015-16 Distinguished Student Work from the Department of Cinematic Arts – Join your fellow...
April 30, 2016 |
As part of the annual College of Fine Arts “Arts Unexpected” event on Friday, April 29th, Cinematic...
April 25, 2016 |
UNM President Frank’s Weekly Perspective on April 25, 2016 features Matthew McDuffie, Professor of Practice in...
April 20, 2016 |
Professor of Practice Matthew McDuffie and his feature film Burning Bodhi were recently featured on the unm.edu...