Program Description

The Associate of Arts in Film & Digital Arts degree program offers general education and specialized art and technology courses to students working primarily in a variety of electronic art media. A main objective of the program is to expand the creative, conceptual, and technical aspects of a student’s visual thinking through multiple processes of creativity, refining a student’s ability to observe, create, and analyze through design and project-based work and enhance creative problem solving. Another goal of this program is to support the self-realization of each student and to develop individuals who can grasp the physical and virtual world around them in a comprehensive and critical manner. Students will acquire the necessary skills to prepare for employment in a variety of fields and be prepared to test for industry recognized software certifications. This Film & Digital Arts degree, while also occupational in nature, is transferrable to the UNM Albuquerque Campus and can be applied towards a Bachelor of Fine Art in Film & Digital Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Digital Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio, a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, as well as a variety of minors.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The Associate of Arts in Film & Digital Arts degree provides the student with a well-rounded, design oriented applications knowledge base with the creative problem solving skills that employers desire in all the various careers in digital media today. Many of the FDMA and ARTS core courses are preparatory classes for certifications in multiple software programs, including but not limited to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro. 


Contact and Advising Information

Information about the Associate of Arts in Film & Digital Arts is available from Advisement and Counseling at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Humanities Division at 505.925.8600.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and Mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT (consult advisement for minimum scores) or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 11215, or MATH 1215X and  MATH 1215Y -- or place into MATH 1130;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 228+ (A&F)/20+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II)  3
COMM 1130 Public Speaking or ENGL 2210 (Technical Writing)  3
Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
  3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics and Statistics.
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
  4
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSYC 1110 (Introduction to Psychology) or SOC 1110 (Introduction to Sociology)  3
Arts and Design (3 credits)
  3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Humanities (3 credits)
  3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
  
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Student Choice (6 credits)
  6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110) to help fulfill this area.
Film & Digital Arts Core Requirements (30 credits)
ARTS 1220 (Arts Practices I)  3
ARTS 1510 (Introduction to Electronic Art)  3
ARTS 1410 (Introduction to Photography) or ARTS 2410 (Black & White in Photography)  3
ARTS 2523 (Video Art I)  3
ARTS 2522 (Digital Imaging Techniques)  3
FDMA 1520 (Introduction to Film & Digital Media)  3
ALBS 2110 (The Business of Being an Artist)  3
FDMA 2286 (Activating Digital Space)  3
ARTH 2245 (History of Photography) or FDMA 2110 (Introduction to Film Studies)  3
FDMA 2280 (Capstone: Creating a Portfolio)  3
FDMA 1996 Topics (optional - encouraged but not required)  3
Total required (61 credits)