Program Highlights

College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Creative Media
Admission Requirements
Complete CMI Application and current 2.5 GPA
Course Requirements
120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.
NMSU Yearly Tuition

* NMSU Yearly Tuition is based on the Undergraduate Flat Rate of enrollment 15 or more credit hours.

Ranked Top 20% in the Nation for Public Animation Schools

The Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University offers the Bachelor of Creative Media in Animation and Visual Effects. Our curriculum focuses on the art, craft, and technique of storytelling in motion.

Animation and Visual Effects is the highest growing area in CMI. Students choose an area of emphasis, 2D Production or 3D and Visual Effects Production, but they study all aspects of digital filmmaking and digital arts, whether they are aspiring writers, animators, storyboarders, compositors, or modelers. CMI houses a state-of-the-art digital projection screening room, post-production lab, animation lab, and production space.

Program Requirements

Foundational Classes Course Catalog
FDMA 1510 Foundations of 3D Animation 3
FDMA 2311 History of Animation 4 3
FDMA 2381 Storyboarding 3
or ENGL 2381 Storyboarding
FDMA 2382 Principles of Story Across the Media 4 3
or ENGL 2382 Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
FDMA 2530 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3
FDMA 2535 Digital Illustration Techniques 3
FDMA 2710 Beginning 2D Animation 3
FDMA 308 Writing for Animation 3
or FDMA 309 Screenwriting I
2D Animation Course Catalog
FDMA 1715 2-D Compositing & FX 3
FDMA 2755 Drawing for Animation 3
FDMA 303 Cinema Review and Critique 3
FDMA 348 Acting for Animation 3
FDMA 350 Intermediate 2D Animation 3
FDMA 362 Motion Graphics 3
FDMA 365 Character Design and Development 3
or FDMA 433 Sets and Environments
FDMA 450 Advanced 2D Animation 3
FDMA 492 2D Production Studio I 6
FDMA 494 2D Production Studio II
3D and VFX Animation Course Catalog
FDMA 2720 3D Animation 3
FDMA 2725 Rigging for 3D Animation 3
FDMA 2745 Light, Shade, Render 3
FDMA 332 3D Character Animation 3
FDMA 341 Visual Effects I 3
FDMA 360 Previsualization 3
FDMA 365 Character Design and Development 3
FDMA 433 Sets and Environments 3
FDMA 401 Motion Capture Techniques 3
FDMA 491 3D Production Studio I 6
FDMA 493 3D Production Studio II

The Creative Media Institute is recognized as a ToonBoom Center of Excellence. The Toon Boom Center of Excellence (COE) program encourages post-secondary institutions to offer a superior learning environment for students aspiring to a career in animation or storyboarding through comprehensive exposure to Toon Boom software. Learn more at

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