Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Our Undergraduate Degrees
in Film & Digital Arts
Program Overview – Minimum Total Hours: 120
Our BA allows three possible concentrations: Film Production; Gaming and Animation; or Film History and Criticism.
The concentration in Film Production requires the same core classes as the BFA, but allows you to take more classes outside the major. So, if you have a strong interest in another artistic field—such as music, acting, photography, or electronic arts—there is enough flexibility in this concentration to pursue those passions.
Gaming and Animation
This concentration, created in consultation with UNM alumni employed at the world’s most prestigious gaming and special effects studios, offers the broad range of skills that tech companies are looking for. Working across the disciplines, you will be trained in essential software and computer programming, while taking classes in drawing, screenwriting, business practices, and video production. Acquiring a wide-ranging knowledge of aesthetics, narrative, and the digital media landscape, you will become the versatile and collaborative artist that tech companies want to hire.
The concentration culminates in a yearlong capstone project in which students, working in groups, take a leading role in the creation of an original game or animated movie.
Film History and Criticism
You will study the work of great filmmakers and examine the most significant moments in cinema history. Alfred Hitchcock, the French New Wave, film comedy, science fiction, the horror film, and German Expressionism are just a few of the fascinating topics you can explore.
This concentration offers a broad foundation in visual art and culture, emphasizing cinema’s aesthetic achievements and cultural contexts. Although you are not required to make movies, you may take up to 15 credit hours in production courses.
To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:
• Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.
• A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.
• Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 26 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination or 660 SAT Verbal or, completion of ENGL 101 or 110 or 112 or 113 with a grade of C or better, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam or International Baccalaureate program.
• Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination or 540 SAT Math, or completion of MATH 120 or MATH 101 & 102 with grade of C or better, placement into college level Math by Compass exam, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam or International Baccalaureate program.
For Art Studio Students:
• Completion of ARTS 125: Art Practices I and ARTS 126: Art Practices II with grades of C or better.
For Art Education Students:
• Completion of ARTE 310: Teaching Art in the Elementary School and ARTE 320: Teaching Art in Secondary School with grades B- or better.
• Passing the National Evaluation Series exam with a score of 220 or better.
For Dance Students:
• Pre-approved acceptance into program by audition/interview.
• Auditions are held ONCE per year, on the last Friday of January from 10:00-5:00 in the North Arena studio in the dance building on the UNM campus. The audition consists of ballet, modern, and flamenco. Participants will also show a one minute work of their own choreography or an excerpt of a piece performed in the past, followed by a short interview with the dance audition committee.
• Dance majors must see Amanda Hamp, faculty advisor for Dance (Carlisle Gym; phone: 277-3660).
For Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Students:
• Completion of the first two Core IFDM courses with grades of C or better.
• In order to enroll in IFDM core courses, students must be admitted as pre-majors through a separate application process. See current Catalog for details.
For Music Students:
• An Approval to Concentrate in appropriate instrument or voice as demonstrated by completion of the first 2 semesters of Applied Music and enrollment in 3rd semester is required. A signed form is required.
• BME Students: Satisfactory completion of MUSE 194: Introduction to Music Education and MUSE 195: Introductory Teaching Practicum is necessary for acceptance into the Music Education degree program.
• Submit Application for Admission to the College of Fine Arts to the Student Success & Advisement Center.
• You will be notified by email within 1-3 weeks of submitting your application.
• Applications are accepted for spring and fall semesters only.
• Students graduate under the requirements in the UNM Catalog in effect at the time of their admission (or readmission) into CFA as pre-majors or declared majors. See the current UNM Catalog for further details regarding admission and graduation requirements.
The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center can help with questions about requirements, guidelines, and other advisement matters.
Please schedule an appointment with a CFA Student Success Specialist online through LoboAchieve, or call the Student Success and Advisement Office
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The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.
To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.