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New Mexico State University to develop film and digital arts programs

A $2 million award from the state will allow New Mexico State University to create new programs in film and digital media, animation, visualization and related technologies as part of a statewide initiative to nurture a burgeoning film industry.

ll Richardson announced today that NMSU will receive $2 million of the $10 million the state has set aside for film and media arts. Richardson called the funding a "down payment" toward purchasing equipment, upgrading facilities and developing training programs to make the state more attractive to the film industry.

"New Mexico State is going to be a major component in this effort," he said.

NMSU Provost William Flores said the award "provides a tremendous opportunity for New Mexico State to build on the strengths we have in areas such as visualization, animation and the other digital arts. This initiative can lead to exciting new industries in New Mexico, economic development for the state, and new career paths for our graduates."

The funding will allow NMSU and its branch campuses to develop statewide digital media workforce training programs, a digital media certification program and two-year degree program, and a four-year degree program in digital media animation and science, Flores said.

The four-year program will build on existing programs at the university and its Physical Science Laboratory. It will provide training in traditional television and digital arts and develop a digital animation and artificial environments studio.

The two-year degree in digital graphics will combine film and video with other digital media, including animation, multimedia and Web development. The 30-credit-hour media certification program will cover video and film editing and production, crew member training and Web design.

NMSU President Michael Martin said the university will draw on the resources of the main campus, branch campuses and Cooperative Extension Service to develop programs throughout the state.