Media Arts, BA

College of Fine Arts

Program Description:

The Department of Media Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Media Arts. The BA degree requires 48 credit hours in the major and 80 credit hours outside the major from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts. Of the 48 credit hours in the major, between 30 and 39 credit hours are in history, criticism, and theory; between 9 and 18 are in production. Of the 80 credit hours outside the major, 15 credit hours focus on a cultural or practical perspective relevant to media arts history, criticism, theory, or production. Possible areas of focus, to be defined by the student with the advice of a Media Arts faculty member, include postcolonial theory and creative writing. Finally, as part of general education requirements, each student must complete the fourth semester of one foreign language.

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.

  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point average of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.

  3. Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 26 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination or 610 SAT verbal, or completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam.

  4. Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination or 510 SAT math, or completion of MATH 120 or Math 101 and 102 with a grade of C or better, or placement into college-level Math by Compass exam.

  5. Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

  6. Students seeking the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music Education degree must also have approval to concentrate in the appropriate instrument or voice. Refer to the Music section for additional admission requirements to the instrumental and voice programs and the Bachelor of Music Education program.

  7. Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media must also be admitted through the IFDM selection process and have completed the first two IFDM core courses with grades of C or better.

  8. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Dance must also be approved to enter the program by audition/interview. Contact the Theatre and Dance department office for further details.

If you plan to major in one of the departments in the College of Fine Arts, you should transfer to the college as soon as the above requirements have been completed. To apply for transfer, go to the College of Fine Arts Advisement Center located in the Center for the Arts, room 1102, to obtain and submit the application for admission as a declared major. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring semesters.


Transfer Agreements:

If you are transferring to the University of New Mexico after having studied at another college or university, you may be eligible for admission directly into the College of Fine Arts. In general, the screening procedures and admission requirements are the same as those described above for admission to become a declared major.

Career Opportunities:

Students who major in media studies may be inclined to pursue graduate degrees in media studies and eventually find careers in academia as researchers or instructors.  Others may prefer to find work outside of academia, either directly after graduation or after obtaining a professional degree.  Undergraduate study in media studies can prepare students for attending professional programs in law, public administration, social work, or business; or for entry into any field of work that makes use of people skills, the ability to digest new information, and the ability to read and write analytically.  


Contact Information:

College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center:
(505) 277-4817
finearts@unm.edu