Education Overview

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.

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.

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.

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 help us keep the list updated and contact Barbara Kerford at

Organization Location Web Address Contact Number
NMSU-Alamogordo Alamogordo Animaton (575) 439-3600
Central NM Comminty 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) La 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


Also visit the New Mexico Department of Higher Education.

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:


Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) (Formerly TVI) 

Jim “Grubb” Graebner: (505) 280-4070 or (505) 224-3000 or


Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), El Rito Campus

Mateo Frazier (505) 747-5402 or

Las Cruces

NMSU Doña Ana Community College

Matt Byrnes: (575) 527-7573 or

Las Vegas

Luna Community College

Kenneth Bachicha: 505-454-5347 or


Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell (ENMUR)

Alan Trever: (575) 520-9228 or

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC)

Monique Anair: (505) 428-1738 or

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

The Senator John Pinto Memorial Filmmakers Fund

Senator John Pinto


During the 2019 legislative session, a fund was established by Senator John Pinto to support the local Native American film industry through a grant program that will make resources available for educational and financial support to Native Filmmakers for the purpose of making films and creating film projects.

Senator Pinto recognized that as the New Mexico film industry moves forward, so must the Native American film industry. These grants will be awarded to help create and increase enthusiasm for film in the Native Community and to open new doors into the film industry in New Mexico. 

SB 649 sponsored by Senator John Pinto was passed in the 2019 legislative session. This Bill will provide $100,000 each year for Native New Mexican filmmakers.

  • Applicants must be a registered member of one of the tribes or pueblos of New Mexico which include – Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Filipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia, Zuni, Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, and the Navajo Nation.
  • The grants are awarded to projects by Native students and Native filmmakers living and working in New Mexico. The grants will be awarded in $5,000 increments.
  • Funds can be used toward pre-production, production, or post-production expenses.

Application – filmmakers must submit:

  1. A treatment/script
  2. A budget
  3. A list of support/grants received to date
  4. Letters of support
  5. A letter of agreement must be signed 

Please send the application, resumes, and any other materials to

Grantees will be accountable for receipts and disbursements relating to these funds and will make all relevant financial records available to EDD and the New Mexico State Auditor quarterly or upon request.