UNM Business School, Film Department Launches MBA for Film and Media Arts Professionals: UNM Newsroom

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The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management has partnered with UNM’s Department of Film and Digital Arts to offer a new MBA track focused on film and digital arts beginning in August 2022. The MBA for Professionals program, which also allows early-career professionals to pursue tracks in education, healthcare, finance, and general management, is accepting applications for fall 2022 with a June 1 deadline.

Students admitted to the new Film and Media Arts stream will take the Anderson MBA for Professionals course plus 12 credit hours from UNM’s Film and Media Arts department, including a 10-day immersive experience on a summer production, “TheShow”. Other courses in film and digital arts will include film and new media business and law, film history, horror film, Alfred Hitchcock and production topics.

James Stone, Chair of UNM’s Department of Film and Computation Arts, commented, “Working on The Show, our hands-on course in large-scale filmmaking, MBA students will participate in and understand how a film set. They will gain practical knowledge about the film industry that will give them a significant advantage in the business world.

The MBA for Professionals program is a part-time evening program designed for working professionals with one or more years of work experience. Students will be able to progress through the program at their own pace, focusing on one or two courses during each cycle. Coaching from industry professionals is an integral part of this program. Coaches provide guidance and mentorship to the cohort, helping students connect the business curriculum to their career goals in each career track.

“Anderson provides the business foundation and hands-on learning experiences that are essential for emerging leaders in film and digital media,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of the Anderson School. “New Mexico continues to be among the most competitive states for film and television production. This creative partnership with the UNM College of Fine Arts will allow us to develop the leadership talents needed to support the continued growth of this industry in New Mexico.

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