The UNM Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program open house features innovative student work and faculty research on Thursday, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m. at the Aperture Center, 5700 University West Blvd. SE in Mesa del Sol, south Albuquerque.

UNM's new higher learning, research and collaboration facility, located near Albuquerque Studios and the Mesa del Sol town center, promotes collaborations between digital media producers and universities and expands opportunities for students to get practical experience in the field.

The open ceremony at 4 p.m. features Governor Bill Richardson and other government, local and university officials. The new facility was funded by the New Mexico legislature and Richardson's Media Industries Strategic Project, an initiative aimed at developing the state's economic, intellectual and creative capital.

Spotlighted projects at the open house include works in immersive media, film production, cultural media, electronic arts, digital broadcast, social media, digital marketing, game development, virtual worlds, music, animation, compositing and traditional film. Immersive media from the ARTS Lab research team will be presented, along with creative content from IFDM's industry partner Sony Imageworks. Collaborative work with UNM Advanced Graphics Lab, electronic arts, Department of Native American Studies, School of Architecture & Planning, and Department of Theatre and Dance will also be shown.

During the opening, shuttle service from the UNM Bookstore bus stop to the Aperture Center will be available every 30 minutes, 12:45-5:45 p.m.

The IFDM Program is a young, interdisciplinary academic program offering degrees through participating schools/colleges at UNM, including the College of Fine Arts, School of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences and Anderson School of Management.