*The 2017 DMA AWARD is now open. Applications accepted May 25 – June 30, 2017*

The DMA Award offers a $500 grant to a student enrolled in the DMA program to help fund their semester at UNM-Taos. Our goal is to provide support for promising students.

Applications are judged by our panel of distinguished reviewers. The winner becomes a Digital Media Arts Fellow for the calendar year from the announcement of his/her award until the announcement of the following year’s award.

DMA Award Judges





Please review the guidelines below. Projects that do not meet requirements will not be eligible for consideration of the award. We look forward to receiving your application (online submission, via the form provided only).


This grant is open to new and existing students at UNM-Taos. The grant is focused on improving the success of students in the program. Applicants must be over 16 years of age and should present a willingness and ability to produce outstanding imagery and coherent video essays.


There are no application fees for this grant. The 2017 grant will open June 5, 2017 and will run through July 15, 2017.

Each submission may contain only one project proposal. Each applicant may apply only once per submission cycle. Applications are not carried over to the following year. All applications must be submitted in English, online using our online form.

Only applications that meet ALL SUBMISSION CRITERIA will be judged.

Once the application and proposal has been submitted, content changes are not allowed. The Digital Media Arts is not responsible for misdirected submissions. Applicants should save copies of their application for their own records.

Applicants should NOT send any hard copies or printed materials (no prints, books, CDs/DVDs or transparencies), the Digital Media Arts staff will not review any of these materials, and they cannot be returned to applicants.

The application consists of two main items: a one-page project statement with a short bio.

Project Statement and Bio

The project statement should be at least 250 words long.


The personal statement should describe the proposed project in detail, including:

  • Who or what will be the subject of your project?
  • Why is this project important? Include historical, environmental, or cultural background to the project as appropriate. You should display good substantive knowledge of your subject matter.
  • What positive consequences might result from this project? We are interested in projects that will have a tangible impact or contribution.
  • What background and preparation do you have that will enable you to carry out the project? (i.e. video training/ background/ knowledge or training related your project)
  • If the proposed project will take place outside of Taos county, please describe your plans for preparations for working in the project location (i.e. visa preparations, local contacts, health vaccinations, language training, etc.).
  • How do you plan to spend the grant funds? Please include a paragraph outlining a rough budget/breakdown of expected costs.



Following the application deadline, Digital Media Arts staff will compile all complete applications that adhere to all submission guidelines.

DMA staff will perform an initial screening of all applications. Any applications that do not meet the application criteria or which are unlikely to be competitive will be removed.

Qualifiying top applications will be submitted to the DMA Judges for consideration.

Selection of the grantee will be based on the Judges’s determination, in their sole discretion, of the following:

  • Video and media interest, background and promise of the applicant based on the applicant’s narrative.
  • The degree to which the applicant’s non-media background and training has prepared him/her to undertake the project.
  • The environmental or humanitarian significance of the project and its potential positive contributions.
  • The feasibility and viability of the completion of the proposed project within the projected time frame and with the grant funding.
  • The quality of the overall application submission.


Winners of the grant will be notified after the judging, which should be completed in late summer/ early fall of 2017 (exact timing of judging is dependent on judges’ schedules). The grant winners may share the news with others involved with the project, but we ask to keep news of the award confidential until the public announcement.

Disbursement of Funds
Digital Media Arts Grants are in the amount of $500. The funds are intended to help cover the costs of education at UNM-Taos. The most important thing is that we need for you to outline how you intend to spend the funding.