Dec 06, 2022  
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Film Technology (AAS)

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School of Applied Technologies (AT)

The Film Crew Technician A.A.S. degree is designed as a five-term cohort program. The Film Technician and Post-Production Technician certificates are embedded in the first 3 terms of the degree; terms 4 and 5 present more advanced topics including directing and art department.  Students completing the degree are well-suited for employment in one or more “below the line” film craft areas, including art, hair, make-up, wardrobe, craft services, grip, electric, sound, locations, production office or post-production.  Students may also choose to transfer to a 4-year program.

See Recommended Course Sequence

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • This educational option can be completed Part-Time or Full Time.  A full-time student can complete this program in 5 terms.
  • This educational option is designed for Immediate employment and transfer into a baccalaureate program.
  • This educational option can be started Any term.
  • Primary course location: Advanced Technology Center. 

Special requirements:

  • Should be able to lift 30 pounds.

Additional tools or supplies required:

There is a $30 tool fee for the Art Department course (Film 2001).

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Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations


Educational and Career Opportunities

Educational Pathways

Students completing the first term of this certificate will have also completed the first term of the CNM Film Technician Certificate of Completion, Post-Production Technician Certificate of Completion and Film Technology A.A.S. degree. 

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


The Associate of Applied Science Degree transfers all credits to the Eastern New Mexico University Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree.  Many courses may also transfer into the B.A.A.S. Film Concentration.  Contact the School of Applied Technologies for more information.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates from the Film Crew Technology A.A.S. program will be prepared for entry-level crew positions in motion pictures, television and electronic media production. The Film Crew Technician Program is offered in collaboration with the New Mexico Film Office and IATSE Local 480. Graduates from the Post Production Technician Program will be prepared to enter careers in many areas of developing visual media production across a wide variety of delivery platforms and formats.

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Associate in Applied Science in Film Technology 66-67 credit hours

*PSY 2233  is recommended for its Film-related subject matter.

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