New Mexico State University-Alamogordo - Alamogordo, NM | New Mexico Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo

School Summary
2400 North Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 439-3600
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:

About New Mexico State University-Alamogordo

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The town is well-known for being the birthplace of the first chimp in space, as well as the first test site for the atomic bomb. It is also home to The White Sands International Film Festival, a week long event that showcases narrative and documentary films from around the world. Also within the city are the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the Alamogordo Museum of History, and the Toy Train Depot, a non-profit store and museum dedicated to scale model reproductions of railroad equipment. The Toy Train Depot also runs a sixteen-inch track model train line that takes visitors for rides around the museum grounds and through a nearby park. Other sites located nearby Alamogordo include the picturesque Lincoln National Forest, the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, and the White Sands National Monument, a U.S. National Monument at the northern end of the Chihuahua Desert in the valley known as the Tularosa Basin. White Sands is New Mexico¡¦s number one National Monument attraction, nearly 300 square miles of desert covered in wave-like dunes of gypsum crystals.

NMSU offers a 4-year BA degree in creative media. Students in this program can choose an emphasis of either digital filmmaking or animation and visual effects. The foundational coursework for the degree includes drawing, sound design, cinematography, and fundamentals of animation. The digital film making emphasis includes additional coursework in sound design and cinematography, plus advanced studies in film and digital media, screenwriting, and directing. The animation and visual effects emphasis includes additional coursework in drawing and animation, plus sculpture, modeling, two- and three-dimensional character animation, typography, and visual display and interface design. Both programs require an internship in the fourth year, plus courses on media law and ethics and portfolio design and development.

NMSU also offers a 4-year BA degree in journalism and nass communications. Foundational coursework includes introductions to mass communications and mass media writing, plus print newswriting and mass communications law. Intermediate and advanced coursework includes study in article writing, television reporting, photography, photojournalism, introduction to advertising, and print media graphic design. Students in this degree program may choose to specialize in broadcasting, advertising, public relations, or print.

NMSU offers a general application for most institutionally funded scholarships. There are scholarships available specifically for freshman and transfer students, plus general endowments, scholarships provided by each specific college within the University, athletic scholarships, and military scholarships. Some of the specific scholarships available include the NMSU Leadership Scholarship, the Opportunity Scholarship, the Crimson Academic Scholarship, and the Regents Scholarship.

NMSU provides many resources to students, including a Career Exploration Center, various clubs and organizations, academic advising, career and personal counseling services, disability services, veterans programs, and a Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education program. Membership in student organizations is open to all enrolled students. Some clubs and organizations are created from the various disciplines and majors, such as the Art History Club, the Geography Club, and the Photojournalism club. Other groups grow out of the special interests of the student members, such as the Mediation Group and the Dance Society. Other organizations are chapters of national professional groups, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. There are also religious groups, social organizations, sports clubs and governing organizations available for membership.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,