The Department of

Cinematic Arts

Film Production. Cinema Studies. Gaming and Animation.

Become a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, video game designer, animator, visual studies theorist, film historian, experimental artist, or movie producer.



We offer

  • training in a wide array of cutting-edge digital media techniques

  • a rigorous foundation in film theory, aesthetics, and history

  • classes that prepare you for the demands of leadership, teamwork, and business.

Choose from the B.A. in Media Arts and the B.F.A. in IFDM (Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media).

Set Design Course, taught by Dan Galassini.

Sitcom Bootcamp class taught by UNM Alum and Hollywood Director Brian Levant.

Spaceship built in Set Design Course.

End of the semester reading for the Sitcom Bootcamp class.

Instructor Dan Galassini in the spaceship built in the Set Design course.

Sitcom Bootcamp course instructor, Brian Levant, is a UNM Alum and Hollywood Director.

Students in the Set Design course working on the spaceship.

Media Arts

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 like science fiction, horror, and comedy.
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Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media (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.
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IFDM alumna Shaandiin Tome debuted her film, “Mud: Hashtli’shnii,” at Sundance in January 2018.  Shaandiin was a 2016 Sundance Full Circle Fellowship alumna, 2016 Sundance Programming Intern, and in May 2017, she was selected for the Sundance Native Filmmaker’s Lab Fellowship.

Cinematic Arts instructor Barry Kirk. Barry was Director of Photography on the film “Ol’ Max Evans The First Thousand Years.” This Film By Lorene Mills, Paul Barnes, and David Leach won Best New Mexico Documentary at the 2017 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Award

Cinematic Arts Chair James Stone’s book, America Through a British Lens, Cinematic Portrayals 1930-2010, was released in January 2018.   “stimulating and well researched”  “ingenious readings” — Film International

Media Arts alum Andy Kastelic wrote and directed a short film, Secondhand Sunset, that won big at the local 48 Hour Film Project last summer.  The film screened at the Festival de Cannes in France this past year.

Cinematic Arts instructor Roberto Rosales took home the award for Best Photo Series at the 2017 New Mexico Press Association Awards.  

IFDM alum Paris Premdas was recently hired as Technical Assistant at Industrial Light & Magic.


Professor Matt McDuffie on the art of film production.

“Education in the arts will continue to have a vital, necessary role into the twenty-first century. Study in the Fine Arts—in the area of studio practice, as well as history and criticism—is an essential undertaking in preparing students to meet the increasingly complex challenges that are before us. In the area of media study (in studio practice as well as critical studies), students can practice teamwork and attain practice in problem-solving that will apply to a wide variety of creative enterprises and employment opportunities. They will also attain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural currents that have informed the ways they use media, as spectators and as creators of moving image and sound works. Attaining these literacies are vitally important today, and will be essential in the long-term.”

-Professor Nina Fonoroff, Cinematic Arts, UNM

Introduction to Game Development Final Project

Video clip from a final game project created by IFDM majors Krystal Telford and Danae Gentry in the Introduction to Game Development class, taught by Jon Whetzel, in Fall 2018. Students must then apply to the College of Fine Arts as...

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