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Department of Film News

The department of film offers students the exciting opportunity to study film in the heart of Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Our efforts contribute to UNLV’s status as a premier metropolitan research university by adapting traditional film education values to meet the needs of individuals, communities, and industries in the 21st century.

Current Film News

college students using a film camera
People | January 20, 2023

For UNLV film students, industry veterans bring practical experience and greater access to industry jobs.

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Campus News | January 5, 2023

Following the release of a UNLV film department documentary, the Boyd School of Law helps lead discussions on the future of Windsor Park.

older woman being interviewed by film crew in her living room
Campus News | January 5, 2023

Boyd Law and the College of Fine Arts at UNLV produce a documentary about Windsor Park homes built over geologic faults and facing long-term subsidence problems.

collage of 8 individual people
Arts and Culture | December 7, 2022

The event, to be held March 21, honors those who have made a significant impact in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

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Campus News | November 3, 2022

Students collaborate with UNLV faculty and other industry experts to learn the ins and outs of making and distributing a feature film.

two ballerinas and one ballerino dancing together
Arts and Culture | October 10, 2022

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.

Film In The News

Newsweek
December 23, 2022

While today's celebrities have the advantage of looking good thanks to social media filters and the lighting and effects used by movie studios, it goes without saying that they are an enviably youthful-looking bunch.

Broadway World
April 13, 2022

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers the College of Fine Arts, one of the largest fine arts colleges in the nation.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 7, 2022

A fast-growing video production company is preparing to bring a bit of Hollywood to Las Vegas.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
October 25, 2021

After a devastating accident on a movie set where a gun shot and killed a director, local filmmakers are sharing the safety protocols they take when a weapon is on set.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 25, 2021

It’s raising questions on how could someone be killed with a prop gun?

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 1, 2021

Michael Tylo, an accomplished film and TV actor who was a professor and dean at UNLV, has died. He was 72.

Recent Film Accomplishments

October 27, 2022
Tradition-Innovations in Art, Design, and Media Education Panel Kimberly G. James (Music), Kymberly Mellen (Theatre), Phillip Zawarus (Architecture), Olga Townsend (UNLV Art Alumna), Adam Paul (Film), Julian Kilker (JMS), Timothy Jones (Music), Morgan Iommi (NSC), Alethea Inns (OIT), and Yvonne Houy (College of Fine Arts) presented on "tradition…
October 10, 2022
UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher has begun her term as president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). ICFAD is a vehicle through which members share information and ideas that enhance the leadership of deans and associate deans, provosts and associate provosts, university presidents and other arts executives in…
April 8, 2021
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education…
November 30, 2020
Stefani Relles (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) and Charles Burmeister (Film) are involved in a documentary film project, "Mattering in the Margins: Skateboarders’ Stories of Mental Health Challenges and Opportunities." The project will involve producing a documentary using cinematic methods that were developed at UNLV with funding…
November 3, 2020
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones (both Music), Louis McDonald (Art History), Olga Townsend (BFA student), Francisco Menendez (Film), Adam Paul (Theatre), Joshua Vermillion (Architecture), Phil Zawarus (Landscape Architecture), Sean Slattery, Michael Fong (both Art), Gil Kaupp (Music Technology), Julian Kilker (Journalism & Media Studies), and…
October 6, 2020
Francisco Menendez (Film) recently won the CILECT Teaching Award for 2020. The inauguration will be held online at the organization's general assembly Nov. 13. The non-profit association known as the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT) was formed at Cannes in May 1955, with the participation of…