Welcome Back, Students!

Hello students! Spring 2021 is upon us, and we are all excited to have you back for another vibrant and creative semester. 

Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, we highly encourage students to complete schoolwork by connecting to one of our many virtual desktops. Information on the connection process can be found here: https://cmi.nmsu.edu/how-to-use-the-virtual-desktop/  


Additionally, you may access the Post-Production and Animation Drives from home by logging into the DaVinci server at https://davinci.nmsu.edu/student/ For a full visual guide to this process, please visit our page on connecting to DaVinci.


If you are unable to connect to a virtual desktop, you may reserve a spot in the CMI Screenwriting lab from Monday to Friday. The Animation and Post-Production Labs will not be open for the Spring 2021 semester. If you need to use the Screenwriting lab, you must register for a time slot at least twelve hours in advance. Registrational instruction and forms, along with operational hours can be found here.


Lastly, if you are attending in-person or hybrid classes, please be sure to review and abide by the University’s guidelines concerning the pandemic. Testing for students is provided through the Aggie Health and Wellness Center. Call ahead and arrange an appointment if you have reason to suspect you may be ill. 


Over the course of this semester, we will be happy to announce a host of informative guest speakers holding discussions and lectures over Zoom, as well as online activities such as watch parties and student clubs. Additionally, in spite of the limitations imposed by COVID-19, faculty, alumni, and students are still hard at work producing films, animations, and documentaries in novel, creative ways. Keep your eyes out for these announcements by following us on Facebook and Instagram, as well as joining the official CMI Discord server. 


If you're interested in joining the CMI but aren't sure where to start, take a look at this Information for Prospective Students. Email lguti194@nmsu.edu if you have questions. Looking forward to a great semester! Keep safe and stay creative! 


*If you need to get tested for COVID-19, please contact the Aggie Health and Wellness at 575-646-1512 to set up your appointment.If you would like to get vaccinated, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Registration System.

New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) offers the Bachelor of Creative Media degree. CMI is a dynamic cross-disciplinary program that prepares students for the 21st century in Digital Filmmaking and Animation & Visual Effects.

The CMI curriculum focuses on the art, craft, and business of storytelling. Our students choose one area of emphasis, but they study all aspects of digital filmmaking and digital arts, whether they are aspiring writers, directors, cinematographers, animators. Theory and practice are integrated at every step. Students manipulate text, sound, images, and cinema using industry-standard technology. CMI houses a state of the art digital projection system screening room, post-production lab, animation lab, and production space. CMI is the place to learn your craft and find your voice-to master the artistic process and technical skills needed to realize your vision. More Information for Prospective Majors.


Mission Statement

The Creative Media Institute is dedicated to developing and nurturing the artistic endeavors of student filmmakers through industry-standard education, research, and collaboration in the art, craft, and production of the moving image through storytelling, resulting in a Bachelor’s of Creative Media degree.




Monday through Friday 8:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Feel free to call us at 575.646.5671 or find us in-person at Milton Hall room 172. Our Zoom open hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 12pm (passcode: AFW8Sz)  


*If you are off campus and would like to communicate with either Amy Lanasa or Tessa Kennedy, please email: amyla@nmsu.edu or tesskenn@nmsu.edu  In case of an emergency, please call 575.646.6142. If you don't get a response please leave a voice message and we'll try to get back to you immediately.     

CMI Computer Lab Schedule

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. To access the CMI computer lab, please submit a reservation form (MH 167). Only one lab will be open for in-person access and it has a limited capacity of 9 students at a time. We encourage you to use the CMI virtual desktops and work from home. You can find instructions on how to use the virtual desktops here. Please read our CMI Lab Procedures before submitting a request. If you need to access our Davinci server you can find instructions here.

CMI Equipment Room

The Equipment Room's schedule is schedule is TBD. Updates will be posted here as soon as they're available.