Media Arts

The Department of Cinematic Arts

The Media Arts curriculum offers a broad foundation in visual culture, emphasizing the aesthetic achievements and cultural contexts of the movies students make and discuss

Transdisciplinary in nature, our offerings resonate with current practices in history, cultural studies, literary theory, visual and performing arts studies, anthropology, psychology, sociology, political theory, women and gender studies, and even science studies. Through these lenses we encourage analysis and thoughtful representation of the way “race” and ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and other elements of our identities intersect in cinema and video.

Given the global nature of moving images, we also offer students an outlook that is international as well as interdisciplinary. To learn about world cinema is to explore diverse cultures. Our curriculum includes courses devoted to various national and regional cinemas. Students interested in Exilic, Postcolonial, or “Third World” studies, for instance, will find a number of courses to serve their needs. With such coursework, our department seeks to collaborate with a variety of academic departments such as Spanish and Portuguese and American Studies, where transcultural work is similarly promoted.

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

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.