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Our degree programs combine the latest industry practices, traditional storytelling, and a scholarly film history context to help you build a strong foundation for graduate study and careers in the dynamic worlds of film, television, and digital media.

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Black Lives Matter

UNLV Film actively endorses and embraces the spirit and calls to action embodied by the Black Lives Matter movement and its support for safety, respect, justice, equality, and liberty for every person in the United States, and across the world.

We are excited about the ways in which cinema can be a powerful force for positive change during this transformative time - inspiring creativity, exposing oppression, and celebrating empathy and compassion.

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What's Happening

Nov. 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Oct. 18, 2021

Co-presented by philanthropist Susan N. Houston, the College of Fine Arts hosts the free annual Art Walk to honor the Las Vegas community for its dedicated support of the arts and culture in Southern Nevada.

Sep. 15, 2021

The documentary aims to bring awareness to a local community in the shadows searching for hope.

Jun. 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Apr. 23, 2021

Senior Melissa Del Rosario produced and sold "Take Out Girl" — a huge achievement and a first for a UNLV Film student.

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Apr. 22, 2021

UNLV Opera Theatre collaborated with Nevada Conservatory Theatre and UNLV Film to produce "Sur la Table."

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Apr. 7, 2021

Michael Lugering directs this production based on the script by Charles L. Mee.

Portrait of Francisco Menendez artistic director of UNLV's film department
Mar. 22, 2021

After being terrified — and mesmerized — by the movie "Jaws" at age 13, this film professor's career path was set.

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Mar. 9, 2021

MFA film student lands major screenwriting prize from Humanitas.

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Feb. 3, 2021

NCT is pleased and extremely proud to present this production, made possible by interdisciplinary collaboration with UNLV Film.

Jan. 12, 2021

This year, the university honors both 2020 and 2021 recipients - and the line-up of Las Vergas luminaries couldn't be brighter!

Oct. 21, 2020

As winner of this prestigious, highly competitive award, Gresham receives $20,000.

Oct. 19, 2020

The live Zoom chat with Huertas, who plays Miguel Rivas on the hit NBC series, is open to the UNLV community.

Sep. 29, 2020

The award-winning actor, who has starred in such films as Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise, The Hateful Eight, and many others, will do a live Zoom chat open to all UNLV students.

Sep. 21, 2020

The winner of this prestigious, highly competitive award receives $20,000 and will be revealed in January.

Adam Paul trying to eat a microphone.
Jul. 20, 2020

The director-writer-actor, known for his "Naked Guy" role on TV, takes a queue from Orson Welles to launch podcast series with UNLV students.

Computer Science Faculty-In-Residence Jorge Fonseca by server racks.
Apr. 27, 2020

Fueled by a long-time curiosity, this alumnus-turned-professor considers his role at UNLV not as a full-time job, but a full-time hobby.

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Apr. 15, 2020

Each weekly episode focuses on a different art theme.

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Apr. 9, 2020

The records span nearly a half century and focus on the billionaire's movie enterprises beginning in the late 1920s.

Feb. 26, 2020

Founded in 2003, the hall honors people who have made significant contributions to the visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

Feb. 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

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Oct. 4, 2019

Co-presented by philanthropist Susan N. Houston, the College of Fine Arts hosts the free annual Art Walk to honor the Las Vegas community for its dedicated support of the arts and culture in Southern Nevada.

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Apr. 15, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who've made news thus far in 2019.

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Mar. 11, 2019

Founded in 2003, the hall honors people who have made significant contributions to the visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

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Mar. 6, 2019

The 30-second spot is one of five finalists competing for the chance to screen in Regal Theaters nationwide.

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Mar. 5, 2019

Lawmakers to hear from faculty, students on first-ever ‘Fine Arts Day.’

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Dec. 27, 2018

Student achievements including competition wins, a world record, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2018.

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Oct. 1, 2018

Join us for a celebratory evening honoring the Las Vegas arts community for its dedicated support of the arts and culture.

Portrait of Classified Rookie of the Year Susan Gearling
Jul. 12, 2018

The president's Classified Rookie of the Year made a deliberate choice 20 years ago to make education her career.

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Jul. 10, 2018

Project transcends academic disciplines and engages students and colleagues across continents in the process of creating an instrument with wood that sings.

Jun. 12, 2018

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his newly released memoir will benefit the UNLV Debbie Reynolds Performing Arts Scholarship.

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Apr. 18, 2018

Brenna Spector wins 2018 Student Service Award for her work providing insight into the experiences and dreams of people with disabilities.

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Mar. 27, 2018

Awards recognize those on campus who demonstrate a commitment to community partnership

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Jan. 10, 2018

UNLV experts lead discussions during annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival Jan. 13-28

Wesley Hirni and Chuck Akin in their studio.
Dec. 20, 2017

When The Killers wanted to film a video in their hometown this year, they called UNLV grads Chuck Akin and Wes Hirni to guide their way.

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Oct. 18, 2017

UNLV alumnus Tony Canepa turns his illustration skills toward UNLV's history.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Oct. 9, 2017

A rock musician, historian, and director finds four spots in the recent past where Beethoven's Ninth Symphony had a profound connection with current events.

Alyssa Crittenden portrait
Sep. 1, 2017

What do a heist thriller, the evolving human diet, water quality, consumer behavior, literature, and Mars have in common? All were the foundation of research awards UNLV faculty gar-nered this year.

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May. 12, 2017

UNLV's oldest graduate finishes his degree after nearly seven decades.

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May. 3, 2017

This spring 2017 project is a collaboration between the School of Music, the departments of film and art, and Australian master marimba builder James Bailey.

Alyssa Crittenden and Francisco Menendez
Mar. 9, 2017

Francisco Menendez and Alyssa Crittenden have been recognized for their efforts, which extend beyond the bounds of our campus.

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Feb. 24, 2017

The film department's holdings from the reclusive filmmaker and industrialist offer insights into an original Academy Award nominee for Best Picture.

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Feb. 21, 2017

Carol Channing and the late Debbie Reynolds to receive the Koep Dean's Medal. George Grove to be recognized as Alumnus of the Year.

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Feb. 8, 2017

New College of Fine Arts dean says the creative work of faculty members can inspire students and help UNLV find its way into the Top Tier.

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Dec. 15, 2016

Four newly minted grads will be recognized by UNLV President Len Jessup during Saturday's commencement for their academic and research excellence.

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Aug. 24, 2016

Film professor Brett Levner leaves behind reality TV to fight the very real issue of underage sex trafficking.

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Feb. 5, 2016

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Annual Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame cover photo
Feb. 5, 2015

This year's ceremony honors Dr. Keith Boman, arts advocate; Gary Nelson, director; and Paul Curtis Steelman, architect.

Aug. 20, 2014
The new season includes the acclaimed Charles Vanda Master Series, The Allegro Guitar Series, and UNLV Chamber Music Series.
Mar. 12, 2014

The March 27 event also recognizes Dean’s Medal Recipient June Brennan and Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year Ronnie Vannucci.

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Dec. 19, 2013

Awarded by the Arts and Humanities Foundation, the Umhoefer Prize honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the humanities.

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Oct. 15, 2013
The 48-Hour Short Film Contest runs Nov. 8-10 at UNLV. Entry deadline is Oct. 25.
Sep. 27, 2013
Film department administrative assistant Adriana Burnett recently was named President's Classified Rookie of the Year. Read about what brought her to UNLV and what she has contributed during her first year on campus.
Sep. 9, 2013
Administrative assistant Pirro Dollani recently was named President’s Classified Employee of the Year. Read about what he contributed to UNLV even while facing the challenge of a lifetime.
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Aug. 23, 2013
New series will screen award-winning, indie feature films every two weeks at the Galaxy Luxury+ Theaters.
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Aug. 30, 2011
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Jul. 25, 2011
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Jun. 22, 2011
UNLV Student Constanza Castro Awarded $25,000 Scholarship
Nov. 16, 2010

Alumnus Nick Groff explores the paranormal on Ghost Adventures, one of Travel Channel's most popular shows.

Oct. 1, 2009

When the Thompson brothers team up with dozens of alums to bring a Norse god to theaters.

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Nov. 1, 2006

UNLV has dominated the Regents’ Creative Activities Awards, drawing attention to the varied artistic talents found in several disciplines on campus.

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