Media arts professionals work in fields such as film production, television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, and industrial video production. In New Mexico, the opportunities for media arts professionals are plentiful thanks to dozens of networks from Fox to KOB, a variety of production studios such as 12th Gate Studios, and Rainbow Lotus Productions, and a number of corporate/industrial production companies such as Storyboard Squad. Because media arts is a popular field in New Mexico, several schools offer programs for students interested in pursuing a career in any of the fields listed above.
New Mexico’s media arts schools can be found from the enchanting town of Las Vegas to the scenic city of Santa Fe. These schools offer a variety of degree options including an Associate of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Art, or Master of Arts in media arts. No matter what degree level you choose, each program offers a variety of courses such as mass communications, television production, writing, audio production, film and video production, screenwriting, and more.
New Mexico Media Arts Schools
New Mexico is home to more than 40 accredited colleges and universities with notable art, film, and communications departments. Several offer programs for students interested in pursuing a career in media arts. Scroll through the list below to review New Mexico’s best options for aspiring media arts professionals and what they have to offer.
New Mexico Highlands University – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Media Arts, M. A., M. S. Media Arts and Computer Science
Eastern New Mexico University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Animation, Media Arts and Design or Graphic Design Emphasis
Institute of American Indian Arts – Degrees Offered: A. F. A., B. F. A. New Media Arts
More Media Arts related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Employment and Salary Trends for New Mexico Media Arts
Employment and salary information for “media arts” professionals is combined with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media” occupations group. The latest figures reported show that New Mexico is home to 8,160 professionals in this category, up from 6,520 in 2002. Salaries are on the rise as well. In 2002, professionals in this category earned $32,960. By 2010, the average had increased by nearly $10,000 to $42,160.
There are more than 1.7 million “Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media” professionals nationwide, up from just over 1.5 million in 2002. The most recent figures published by the Bureau show that the average salary nationwide is $52,290 a year, up from $41,660 in 2002. Currently, the lowest paid professionals in this field average $19,480 and the highest paid professionals average $91,770.