Film & Digital Arts
Find your voice. Tell your story. Transform the moving image.
Become a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, video game designer, animator, visual studies theorist, film historian, experimental artist, or movie producer.
Famous for the unique light and landscape that attract artists and scholars from around the globe, New Mexico is ranked as a film hotspot.
Albuquerque itself has been designated as one of the best places for filmmakers to live and work by Moviemaker magazine, and Netflix has recently adopted the city as its only US production hub.
Film & Digital Arts Degrees
Film & Digital Arts Facilities
The Film & Digital Arts program features state of the art facilities tailored to high end learning and modern film production techniques
Fritz Bitsoie • Diné/Navajo
It must’ve been back when I was six years old. We lived outside of Ganado, AZ which is on the Navajo reservation. My older brother and I were watching Showtime during one of those free promotional weekends. The movie, The Last Emperor was playing on a cold rainy afternoon.
Up until then I was really into movies like Bloodsport, Wayne’s World and Ghostbusters (perfectly appropriate movies for a 6 year old, I know). But that movie was the first time I felt the majesty and power of cinema. On that tiny 13in TV I was transported into another world, it all seemed so real. I didn’t know at the time why, but I knew then that I wanted to spend the rest of my life telling my own stories to be seen on the movie screen.
Eventually, I took my love for b-movies and cult films and pursued the film program at the University of New Mexico. Afterwards, I relocated to Oakland, Ca to create films that celebrate underrepresented peoples/tribes and stories with a quest to reinvigorate and challenge the expectations of how these stories are told on-screen.