Education

As part of the mission of New Mexico Film Office, we promote jobs for New Mexicans in the film and multimedia industry.  We encourage New Mexicans to peruse this section of our website to obtain an understanding of the numerous jobs and career paths available in this industry.  From grips to editors from carpenters to actors, the industry offers many niches to pursue.   We continue to grow this industry in New Mexico in order for residents to have the opportunity to work in their home state.  Jobs in this industry may even give you the opportunity to travel the world and bring home your experiences to share!  Contact your local secondary or post-secondary institution to find out what educational programs are available in your area.

Public Education:  NM Film & Media Programs

Coming soon this page will list  secondary educational institutions in New Mexico that  facilitate film or digital media related programs.
If you know of a program that you would like to see on this list or have additional information, please send an email to our office.

Also visit the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Other helpful resources:

NM Career Clusters Guide:

The New Mexico Career Clusters Guide is a valuable resource to help guide students as they make important life and career decisions. The guide is designed to be a tool for planning and preparing students for a career. It provides a structure for selecting careers based on linking what students know about themselves with information about occupations and typical training requirements. The guide provides students with suggested high school elective curriculum and post-secondary recommendations for specific career pathways, including careers in film.

NM Career Pathways website:

The NM PED has partnered with NS4ed and Pathways 2 Careers to create the NM Career Pathways website. NM Career Pathways allows educators, parents and students to explore detailed information about their local school districts, labor markets and career clusters. With the use of area-specific data that highlights median wages and annual job openings, this site helps students be able to make an informed decision on a career path that best suits them. The NM Career Pathways website provides students with suggested high school elective curriculum and post-secondary recommendations for specific career pathways, as well as quarterly labor market reports for each of New Mexico’s distinct workforce regions.

Want to get into the film industry but don’t know where to start? Look through these frequently asked questions to begin with. And if you are not sure where you interests lie within the structure of a production, look at this chain of command.

Higher Education:  NM Film & Media Programs

The following is a list of post-secondary educational institutions in New Mexico that offer a film or digital media related program.

If you do not see a program listed here or have additional information, please send an email to our office.

  • NMSU-Alamogordo, Alamogordo, Animaton, (575) 439-3600
  • Central NM Community College, Albuquerque, Film Technician Program, (505) 224-3000
  • UNM Main IFDM program, Albuquerque, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, (505) 277-2286
  • UNM Arts Lab Albuquerque, Arts Lab, (505) 277-2253
  • UNM College of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, Cinematic Fine Arts, (505) 277-6262
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts, Albuquerque, Animation, (505) 254-7575
  • NMSU-Carlsbad, Carlsbad, Digital Media Programs, (575) 234-9200
  • Clovis Community College, Clovis, Graphics and Media Arts, (575) 769-4932
  • Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, Film and Digital Media Arts, (505) 747-2100
  • San Juan College, Farmington, Digital Media Art and Design, (505) 326-3311
  • UNM-Gallup, Gallup, Design and Digital Media, (505) 863-7500
  • NMSU-Grants, Grants Creative Media Program, (505) 287-2329
  • Luna Community College (Las Vegas), Las Vegas, Mass Media Communications, (575) 454-2501
  • NMSU Doña Ana Community College, Las Cruces, Creative Media Technology, (575) 527-7310
  • NMSU-Las Cruces, Las Cruces, Creative Media Institute , (575) 646-5671
  • Highlands University, Las Vegas, Media Arts, (505) 425-7511
  • UNM Los Alamos, Los Alamos, Digital Media Arts, (505) 662-5919
  • UNM Valencia Los Lunas, Digital Media Arts, (505) 925-8500
  • Eastern New Mexico Univ-Portales, Portales, Digital Film Making, (575) 562-2137
  • Eastern New Mexico Univ – Roswell, Roswell, Media Arts Program, (575) 624-7045
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Media Arts Program, (505) 424-2300
  • Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, Film Program, (505) 428-1421
  • UNM Taos, Taos, Fine Arts, (575) 737-6227

New Mexico below-the-line crew training programs

Over the past several years, New Mexico has seen a significant increase in college-level training programs for film crew statewide. Starting in 2004, in an effort to raise the number of qualified crew members for New Mexico’s film and media industry, the New Mexico Film Office in collaboration with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 480 and the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) created the Film Technicians’ Training Program (FTTP). By 2007, Central New Mexico College (CNM) in Albuquerque, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Roswell, Doña Anna Community College (DACC) in Las Cruces, and Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in El Rito had developed Film Technician Training Programs at each of their respective schools. In January 2011, Luna Community College in Las Vegas began their first semester of crew training.

These programs have provided hands-on, academic training to New Mexico residents interested in entering the physical production side of the film industry in over 100 different crafts. After an introduction to production workflow, students choose a specific craft to pursue. They then apply their new skills on short-form productions (i.e. public service announcements). Some schools may offer experience on larger projects, such as shorts and independents, under the supervision of experienced crew members. As each school administers their own program, please contact a school below for more information about a program near you:

Albuquerque

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) (Formerly TVI)
https://www.cnm.edu/

Jim “Grubb” Graebner: (505) 280-4070 or (505) 224-3000 or jgraebner@cnm.edu

Espanola

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), El Rito Campus
https://nnmc.edu/

Mateo Frazier (505) 747-5402 or mateo.frazier@nnmc.edu

Las Cruces

NMSU Doña Ana Community College
https://dacc.nmsu.edu/

Matt Byrnes: (575) 527-7573 or mbyrnes@dacc.nmsu.edu

Las Vegas

Luna Community College
https://www.luna.edu/

Kenneth Bachicha: 505-454-5347 or kbachicha@luna.edu

Roswell

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell (ENMUR)
https://www.roswell.enmu.edu/

Alan Trever: (575) 520-9228 or Alan.Trever@rm01.enmuros.cc.nm.us

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC)
https://www.sfcc.edu/

Monique Anair: (505) 428-1738 or monique.anair@sfcc.edu

For questions regarding below-the-line job positions and the NM film union, please contact IATSE Local 480: visit www.iatselocal480.com or call 505-986-9512.