The Department of

Film & Digital Arts

Find your voice. Tell your story. Transform the moving image.

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

Famous for the unique light and landscape that attract artists and scholars from around the globe, New Mexico is ranked as a “film hotspot” by Hollywood Reporter.

Albuquerque itself has been designated as the best place for filmmakers to live and work by Moviemaker magazine, and Netflix has recently adopted the city as its only US production hub.

The degree plans in Film and Digital Arts allow you to choose a focus in Film Production, Gaming and Animation, or Film History and Criticism.

BFA in Film & Digital Arts

You will focus on moviemaking, acquiring the technical and artistic skills to succeed on the set. Our emphasis on screenwriting, cinematography, producing, and directing prepares you to lead and influence the creative process.
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BA IN FILM & DIGITAL Arts

Our BA allows for three possible concentrations which include Film Production, Gaming and Animation, or Film History and Criticism.
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“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

-Ingmar Bergman

Film & Digital Arts Events

Produced by our dynamic students and faculty, the College of Fine Arts proudly presents over 300 public performances, exhibitions, installations & art lectures annually.

The Film & Digital Arts program features state of the art facilities tailored to high end learning and modern film production techniques

From the Chair

“If you’re fascinated by the moving image, I strongly encourage you to join us in the department of Film and Digital Arts. In our classes you’ll make enthralling movies and be inspired by your study of the world’s most influential films. Our curriculum reaches far beyond the traditional film school to provide you with training in a variety of cutting-edge digital techniques such as game development, computer animation, VFX, and virtual reality cinema. We even offer classes that prepare you to market and promote your work.

Our alumni enjoy success at renowned institutions such as Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and Telltale Games. Many are instrumental in the growth of New Mexico’s thriving film industry, home of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Preacher.

I invite you to meet with me to discuss your future as a cinematic artist.”

—James Stone, Chair, Department of Film & Digital Arts

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“Learning to watch and make movies in UNM’s Media Arts program was like relearning my first language: as the program introduced me to cinema as a form of art, so did my realization of the profound effects it has had on my life and in the world all around me.”

Djochoua Belovarski

Media Arts Graduate

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“Having gone through IFDM, I can honestly say that I don’t think I would’ve gotten a chance to get so much exposure to so many different areas in any other program. Whether you know exactly what you want to do or not, you’re required to experience and push yourself in all areas. You’re about to foster and hone your abilities as an individual artist and filmmaker while also seeing the big picture, which is invaluable.”

Alan Chee

IFDM Fall 2015 Graduate

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“Through the IFDM Program I was able to create the education I wanted. By allowing me to pick classes from 5 different departments, I was able to choose how I wanted to approach my creative studies; this coupled with the true support of IFDM professors and administrators created a learning environment that was exceptional for my learning style.”

Jordan Hoffman

IFDM Fall 2013 Graduate

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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.

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