Digital Filmmaking (BCM-DFM)

The Bachelor of Creative Media is available in either Digital Film Making or Animation and Visual Effects. The curriculum focuses on the art, craft, and the business of storytelling. Students choose an area of emphasis, but they study all aspects of digital filmmaking and digital arts, whether they are aspiring writers, animators, directors, editors, or cinematographers. Theory and practice are integrated at every step as students manipulate text, sound, and images using industry-standard technology. CMI houses a state of the art digital projection screening room, post-production lab, animation lab, and production space.

Students must complete a minimum of 128 credits in the following areas: 63 credits in CMI/CMT**/ENGL/THTR/ART with a grade of C or better; 35 credits of Common Core; 6 credits of Viewing a Wider World; 24 credits of electives.

Creative Media Foundation Courses
30 total credits total required

CMI 100, Introduction to the Creative Media Industry 3
CMI 200, Sound Design I or CMT 206, Principles of Sound 3 (2+2P)
CMI 205, Cinematography I or CMT 205, Cinematography 3 (2+2P)
CMI 216*, Editing I or CMT 195, Digital Video Editing I 3 (2+2P)
CMI/ENGL 235, Principles of Story Across the Media 3
CMI 300 History of Cinema 3
CMI 303 Cinema Review and Critique, or ENGL 303, Theory and Criticism: Film, Media, and Culture or ENGL 326, Cultural Identity and Representation Across the Media 3
CMI 314, Acting for Film 3
CMI 328, Producing 3
CMI 497, Portfolio Design and Development 3

Creative Media Elective Courses

Choose 27 total credits from the following (of which 21 credits must be #300 and above):

CMI 231 History of Animation 3
CMI 232 Storyboarding 3
CMI 250 Beginning 2D Animation 3
CMI 260 Foundations of 3D Animation 3
CMI 301 Sound Design II 3
CMI 305 Business of Filmmaking/Animation 3
CMI 309 Screenwriting I 3
CMI 310 Cinematography II 3
CMI 311 Editing II 3
CMI 315 Adventures in Genre 3
CMI 318 Documentary Production 3
CMI 329, Studies in Drama 3
CMI 341 Visual Effects I 3
CMI 395, Directing I 3
CMI 396, Directing II 3
CMI 397, Practicum 1-3 (2P)
CMI 398, Special Topics 3
CMI 400, Directed Studies 1-6
CMI 420, Screenwriting II 3
CMI 490, Advanced Screenwriting 3
CMI 495, Internship 1-12
CMI 496, Media Law/Ethics 3
CMT 126**, Film Crew Training I 9
CMT 156**, Film Crew Training II 9
CMT 190**, Digital Video Production I 3 (2+4P)
CMT 210**, Digital Video Production II 3 (2+2P)
CMT 215**, Digital Video Editing II 3 (2+2P)
CMT 222**, Pre-Production Management 3 (2+2P)
ENGL 232 Script Development and Storyboarding 3
ENGL 309 Screenwriting I 3
ENGL 336 Studies in Film 3 (3+3P)
THTR 306 Screenwriting I 3

MINOR: Digital Film Making

Take 18 credits from the CMI, CMI/ENGL, CMI/THTR courses as listed in the Digital Film Making major. A minimum of 9 credits must be upper division.

*course may be taken at an NMSU community college
** course offered only at Dona Ana Community College