Creative Media Design - Associate of Applied Science

The Creative Media Design Program at NMSU Grants provides its graduates with a variety of foundational skills to begin their path into a career in the massive industry of digital media. Graduates receive training in multiple industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, DaVinci Resolve, Unreal Engine 5, 3DS Max to cover a wide array of skillsets for the graduate to choose from. Graduates can also receive in person training of new technology and equipment utilized in top industry companies for film, game design, and mixed reality productions. This program is able to be completed entirely online with the option to utilize face to face labs as well.

60 credits

The Associate of Applied Science in Creative Media prepares students for entry-level work in the media industry. Students will develop a foundational workflow using industry standard software to create a multitude of digital media assets, along with gaining experience with project management and elevated computer literacy. The skillset and workflows obtained through this program can also be utilized in fields such as education, television/film, and game design.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
This degree requires courses from New Mexico General Education Areas I, IV, V, and VI for a total 13 credits. Courses listed are recommended and others can be found on the NM General Education list below.
Area I: Communications4
Composition I4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences3
Select one course from Area IV: Social /Behavior Sciences (3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities 3
Select one course from Area V: Humanities (3 credits) 2
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Select one course from Area VI: Creative & Fine Arts (3 credits) 2
General Education Elective 23
Professional and Technical Communication Honors3
Core Requirements
FDMA 1120Desktop Publishing3
FDMA 1220Introduction to Digital Video Editing3
FDMA 1360Web Design I3
FDMA 1415Principles of Sound3
FDMA 1515Introduction to Digital Image Editing - Photoshop3
FDMA 1535Introduction to Illustrator3
FDMA 1630Principles of Design3
FDMA 17102D Animation3
FDMA 2530Introduction to 3D Modeling3
FDMA 2994Portfolio Design & Development3
Other Course Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60 311
Select courses from the following prefixes: ARTS/ C S/FDMA/OECS
Total Credits60

Each course selected must be from a different area and students cannot take multiple courses in the same area.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, and/or certificate coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 60 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

A Suggested Plan of Study

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
FDMA 1220 Introduction to Digital Video Editing 3
FDMA 1535 Introduction to Illustrator 3
FDMA 1515 Introduction to Digital Image Editing - Photoshop 3
FDMA/ ARTS/ OECS/ CS Elective 3
FDMA 1120 Desktop Publishing 3
FDMA 1415 Principles of Sound 3
FDMA 1710 2D Animation 3
General Education Course - One course from Area IV 1 3
FDMA/ARTS/C S/ OECS Elective 3
Second Year
FDMA 1360 Web Design I 3
FDMA 1630 Principles of Design 3
FDMA 2530 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
General Education Course - One course from Area V 1 3
FDMA 2994 Portfolio Design & Development 3
ENGL 2210G Professional and Technical Communication Honors 3
General Education Elective: One Course from Area VI 1 3
FDMA/ARTS/C S/ OECS Elective 5
 Total Credits60

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Program Manager: Michael Webb
Phone: (505) 287-6631
Office:  McClure Hall, Room 304