Dear Cinematic Arts Students (IFDM and Media Arts),

As you know, Cinematic Arts degrees will be undergoing a transition in the fall.

Current IFDM and Media Arts majors have a choice: You may continue with your current degree plan (graduating with an IFDM or Media Arts degree) OR switch to one of the new degrees in Film and Digital Arts. The classes you’ve already taken will transfer to the new degrees.

Details on the curricula for the new BFA and BA concentrations are attached. We will send information on the fall 2019 class schedule on Monday.

The department is changing its name to Film and Digital Arts. We will offer a BFA and a BA in Film and Digital Arts. The BFA will emphasize film production and offer a capstone experience. In the BA you can choose a concentration in one of three areas: Film Production; Gaming and Animation; or Film History and Criticism.

We are also offering four new minors in Film Production; Gaming; Animation; and Film History and Criticism. The minors are described in a separate email.

If you are an IFDM Pre-major who has already started the program you can choose to continue in IFDM or transfer your classes to one of the new degrees. If you are an IFDM Pre-major who has NOT started the program you must transition to the one of the new degrees.

If you are taking an IFDM degree through Communication and Journalism or Anderson School of Management, please consult with an advisor from those units.

Media Arts pre-majors may continue with their current degree plan (graduating with a Media Arts degree) OR switch to one of the new degrees in Film and Digital Arts. They should consult with their College of Fine Arts advisor to choose the most useful and efficient path to graduation.

If you are a member of IFDM cohort 12 please read the following:

While your IFDM degree plan will remain largely the same (unless you elect to switch to one of the new Film and Digital Arts degrees in consultation with a College of Fine Arts advisor), there are a few changes. All courses will have an FDMA, rather than IFDM or MA, prefix in the fall:
1. IFDM 400 Ethics, Science and Technology is being replaced by FDMA 2195 Beyond Hollywood. Beyond Hollywood is offered in both the fall and spring semesters, and you may choose to take it any time before graduation. Department permission is not required to register.
2. FDMA 410 Business and Law of Film and New Media is offered in both the fall and spring semesters, and you may choose to take it any time before graduation. Department permission is not required, but you must have junior or senior standing to register.
3. IFDM 301 Introduction to Cinematography has changed course numbers to FDMA 2520. You are required to take this course in fall 2019. If you have already taken MA220 Intermediate Production Workshop as the prerequisite, no department permission is required to register. If you have not yet taken this class, you will need to wait for a passing IFDM 210 Introduction to Modeling and Animation grade before registering with department permission.

If you are a member of IFDM cohort 11 please read the following:

While your IFDM degree plan will remain largely the same (unless you elect to switch to one of the new Film and Digital Arts degrees in consultation with a College of Fine Arts advisor), there are a few changes. . All courses will have an FDMA, rather than IFDM or MA, prefix in the fall:
1. IFDM 400 Ethics, Science and Technology is being replaced by FDMA 2195 Beyond Hollywood. Beyond Hollywood is offered in both the fall and spring semesters, and you may choose to take it any time before graduation. Department permission is not required to register.
2. FDMA 410 Business and Law of Film and New Media is offered in both the fall and spring semesters, and you may choose to take it any time before graduation. Department permission is not required, but you must have junior or senior standing to register.
3. FDMA 450 Capstone I: Senior Projects Course requires department permission before registering. You will need to wait for a passing IFDM 310 Writing Digital Narrative grade before registering with department permission.

To ALL our students:
I hope this is a clear summary of your options. If you have questions, please contact the the Advisors in the College of Fine Arts Student Success and Advisement Center.

My best,

James D. Stone
Associate Professor
Chair, Cinematic Arts Department, University of New Mexico

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