UNM Taos Digital Media Arts 2019 Program


The Digital Media Arts Department at UNM Taos has been busy!

As April’s showers bring on May’s flowers, the team at UNM/Taos DMA are doing more than just “Singin’ in the rain!” They have just released their 2019 Itinerary and it is jam packed!

Beginning with the classes on the current curriculum to the incredible workshops they offer, DMA continues to shine as it nurtures and showcases an incredible array of local talent.

All of these (UNM-TAOS Digital Media Arts Classes), lead to an associate degree in Digital Media Arts and efficiently transfers to a four year bachelor’s degree at UNM Main Campus.

“We train students to develop their entrepreneurial skills so they can work anywhere in the world as professional media makers.” Says UNM/Taos DMA Chair Peter Walker. Indeed, people can take their skills and work for a denver video production company, or go anywhere across the world. “Over the past year we have placed 9 students in paid media jobs locally in Taos alone!”


5th Annual Canon Advanced Cinematography Workshop

REGISTER today by emailing Peter Walker Pedrowalker@unm.edu

April 26, 27th, 28th

Students Free

Community Members – $75

Canon Rep, Matthew Carman will be teaching advanced skills for shooting with Canon’s 4K Cinema line-up of cameras. This is an advanced workshop and participants should have MA 111 Intro to Video Production or equivalent experience.

Friday 4/26 – 4 to 6 pm

Introduction to Canon 4k Cinema Cameras, Lenses and Cinematography techniques

Saturday 4/27 – 7am to 5 pm

Shooting on location in the Rio Grande Gorge with Paramotor Pilot, Kayakers, Hot Air Balloon Pilot and others.

Sunday 4/28 – 7am to 4 pm

Shooting on location in the Rio Grande Gorge

Thursday May 2nd – Friday May 3rd


MA 220 – Advanced Production: Adventure Filmmaking

Open to Advanced Students only

(DMA graduate or currently entering 2nd year of program)

PART 1 – Telluride Mountain Film Festival

Thursday May 23rd through Tuesday May 28

Staying 5 nights in Telluride this class will fully participate in the world-class film festival by shooting behind the scenes videos and other volunteering duties. The rest of the time will be spent watching big screen films, attending workshops, discussions, and special events.

PART 2 – Filming and Post-Production

June Classes each Wednesday 9-2:00

There will be on location films shoots for the Rio Grande Water Stories Film as well as post-production editing sessions for completing the Telluride Mountain Film “Behind the Scenes” Teasers.

DMA 293 – Motion Graphics Filmmaking

June 3rd to July 2th

Tuesday and Thursdays 9-11:30

This Dynamic course will introduce motion graphic skills that can be used for

Filmmaking, Animation, Video Game Design and Music Videos. The other half of the course will dive into the future of filmmaking by watching and discussing the techniques of vanguard media makers.

FALL 2019

FDMA 2110 – Intro to Film Studies (1st year cohort)

Wednesdays 9-11:30

This course is designed to provide you with a foundation for future film study; to expose you to a wide range of cinematic styles and approaches; and to move you from a passive viewer to an active “reader” of film. You will learn the basic elements of cinematic language (including narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, acting, editing, and sound) and will use that knowledge to analyze the way filmmakers convey information, story, and meaning, develop a style, and elicit audience response within a single scene and over the course of an entire feature film. We’ll explore the central critical approaches to the study of cinema, and examine a wide range of film styles and movements.

DMA 102 – Digital Foundations (1st year cohort)

Wednesdays 12-2:30

This is the opening course to the Digital Media Arts Associate’s Degree. Therefore it aims to teach students how to successfully approach their media career. This includes strategies for engaging in internships, producing multimedia projects, developing relationships with peers, colleagues and potential clients. This course will introduce the use of some technical gear, software and skills as a way to introduce the wide range of techniques and skills you will need to succeed as a media professional.

FDMA 1520 – Intro to Film and Digital Media (2nd year cohort)

Thursdays 9-11:30

This introduction to film and media course is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of visual and narrative storytelling through a combination of theory, history, and gaining on-set, hands on experience as a filmmaker. Students will work in teams as writers, directors, cinematographers, editors and producers and will prepare a portfolio of film work to take with them. Classes will consist of equal parts theory and history, studying the works of filmmakers and artists that have innovated the industry from the early day of cinema through today both here and abroad and practical application of film production; covering the basics of writing, directing, producing, cinematography and editing. Assignments will focus on creating films with a small crew, and learning the different roles on and off of a film set. Students will be prepared to pitch and market their work once a film is completed.

FDMA 2280 – Topics: Motion Graphics After Effects (2nd year cohort)

Thursday 12-2:30

This animation course is designed to teach students the basics of animating in Adobe After Effects and how to set up and edit media elements in other programs within the Adobe Creative Suite CC. The course will have a hands-on practical format with various in-class projects covering a wide range of skills and techniques. The instructor will be providing additional information and tips not covered in the textbook.

FDMA 2195 – Beyond Hollywood (2nd year cohort)


The goal of this class is to familiarize students with documentary history, theory, criticism, and practice. The course is designed to challenge you to develop a critical eye, and to deepen your appreciation of the many different modes of documentary film and video. We will consider the documentary as an art form, a cultural artifact, a mode for political expression and social change, and as a means for representing cultures. Through weekly screenings we will explore a wide variety of films that will survey the range of documentary expression, from the classics, to the new independent and experimental forms, and everything in-between.

For much more information about UNM/Taos Digital Media Arts Program, please visit their site linked below this post.

To register for classes call (575)-737-6215 or visit taos.unm.edu/dma

For more information about classes and courses, contact DMA Department Chair – Peter Walker pedrowalker@unm.edu



All images thanks to UNM/Taos DMA