Cinematic Arts

James D. Stone, Chairperson
Department of Cinematic Arts
CERIA, Room 370
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-6262, FAX (505) 277-6314

Associate Professors

Susan Dever, Ph.D., Stanford University
Nina Fonoroff, M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
Deborah Fort, M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
James D. Stone, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Assistant Professor
Adán Ávalos, Ph.D., University of Southern California

Professor of Practice
Matthew McDuffie, M.A., University of New Mexico

Senior Lecturer
Bryan Konefsky, M.F.A., University of New Mexico

Professors Emeriti
Ira Jaffe, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Ernest Rose, Ph.D., Stanford University


Introduction

The Department of Cinematic Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, and an undergraduate minor in Media Arts.

Media Arts

Students pursuing the B.A. in Media Arts make movies. Simultaneously, they study the work of accomplished filmmakers and examine the most significant moments in cinema history. Alfred Hitchcock, the French New Wave, film comedy, science fiction, film noir, and German Expressionism are among the topics they explore through their writing and art making.

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, Media Arts 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 science studies. Through these lenses, the department encourages analysis and thoughtful representation of the way race and ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and other elements of our identities intersect in film and video.

Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media

The B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) offers students the necessary critical, creative, and technical skills to apply digital technologies in innovative and productive ways. Moviemaking is a key component of the degree but, because IFDM recognizes the evolution of cohesive collaboration among the worlds of art, science, and technology, students are also introduced to other approaches to image making, such as computer animation, VFX, and game design. The B.F.A. augments training in digital media with courses in business and the ethical implications of image making. Students are required to take a number of production courses outside IFDM, thereby gaining expertise in media arts, arts leadership and business, and experimental arts and technology while exposing students to a number of interdisciplinary perspectives.


Fees

Department fees support film and video rentals and purchases in history and criticism courses, plus the purchase, maintenance, and replacement of equipment used in the film and video production courses.


Associated Programs

Undergraduate Program



Courses

IFDM 105L. Introduction to Digital Media. (3)



IFDM 201. Introduction to Game Development. (3)



IFDM 202. Introduction to Animation. (3)



IFDM 205L. Studio I: Activating Digital Space. (3)



IFDM 210. Introduction to Modeling and Animation [Introduction to Modeling and Postproduction]. (3)



IFDM 241L. Introduction to Directing for Film and Video. (3)



IFDM 250. Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media. (1-3, no limit Δ)



IFDM 300. Critical Intermediations. (3)



IFDM 301. Cinematography. (3)



IFDM 310. Studio II: Writing Digital Narrative. (3)



IFDM 311. Fundamentals of Music Technology. (2-3)



IFDM 400. Ethics, Science and Technology. (3)



IFDM 401. Digital Post Production. (3)



IFDM 402. Documentary Film Production. (3)



IFDM 403. Advanced Game Development. (3)



IFDM 404. Advanced Animation. (3)



IFDM 405. Advanced Maya Production. (3)



IFDM 406. Virtual Reality Cinema. (3)



IFDM 407. Compositing for Visual Effects. (3)



IFDM 410. The Business and Law of Film and New Media. (3)



IFDM 412. Fundamentals of Audio Technology. (2-3)



IFDM 450. IFDM Capstone I Senior Projects Course. (4)



IFDM 451. IFDM Capstone II Senior Projects Course. (4)



IFDM 491. Topics in Film and Digital Media. (1-3, no limit Δ)



IFDM 492. IFDM Internship. (1-12 to a maximum of 12 Δ)



IFDM 497. Independent Study in Film and Digital Media. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



IFDM 499. Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Honors. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



MA 110. Introduction to Mass Communication. (3)



MA 111. Technical Introduction to Video Production. (3)



MA 210. Introduction to Film Studies. (3)



MA 212. Beyond Hollywood. (3)



MA 216. Topics in Video Making. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA 220. Intermediate Production Workshop. (3)



MA 310 / *410. Latin American Film. (3)



MA 324. Introduction to Screenwriting. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA 326 / *426. History of Film I: Silent. (3)



MA 327 / *427. History of Film II: Sound. (3)



MA 330. Studies in Film. (3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



MA 331 / *431. Film Theory. (3)



MA 332 / *432. Documentary Film History and Theory [Documentary Film History]. (3)



MA 334 / *434. Teen Rebels. (3)



MA 335 / *435. International Horror Film. (3)



MA 336 / *436. Images of (Wo)men. (3)



MA 337 / *437. Alfred Hitchcock. (3)



MA 339. Russian Culture and History through Film. (3)



MA 350. Advanced Screenwriting. (3)



MA 390. Topics in the Elements of Filmmaking. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



MA 391. 16mm Filmmaking. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA 401. Digital Post Production. (3)



MA 402. Documentary Film Production. (3)



MA 406. Virtual Reality Cinema. (3)



MA *409. Advanced Video Art. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA *410 / 310. Latin American Film. (3)



MA *426 / 326. History of Film I: Silent. (3)



MA *427 / 327. History of Film II: Sound. (3)



MA *429. Topics in Production. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA *430. Topics in Film History. (3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



MA *431 / 331. Film Theory. (3)



MA *432 / 332. Documentary Film History and Theory [Documentary Film History]. (3)



MA *434 / 334. Teen Rebels. (3)



MA *435 / 335. International Horror Film. (3)



MA *436 / 336. Images of (Wo)men. (3)



MA *437. Alfred Hitchcock. (3)



MA *485. Problems in Interdisciplinary Studies. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA *487. Contemporary Interdisciplinary Topics. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA 492. Media Arts Internship. (1-3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)



MA 496 / 596. Undergraduate Production Project. (1-3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



MA 497 / 597. Undergraduate Independent Study. (2-3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



MA 499. Honors Thesis. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



MA 596 / 496. Graduate Production Project. (1-3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



MA 597 / 497. Graduate Independent Study. (2-3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



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