Santa Fe University of Art and Design

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This school of the arts offers a broad curriculum that includes music, theatre, and creative writing as well as photography, art, graphic design, and film. The university’s motion picture studio, Garson Studios, has been the soundstage for films such as Cowboys & Aliens, True Grit, No Country for Old Men, City Slickers, All the Pretty Horses, Paul, and North Country. Santa Fe University of Art an Design is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and Higher Learning Commission.

Originally named St. Michael’s College, Santa Fe University of Art and Design was established in 1859, making it New Mexico’s oldest college. St. Michael’s was run from an adobe hut when it opened and did not receive a charter to provide higher education until 1874, when it became the College of the Christian Brothers of New Mexico. The institution was renamed the College of Santa Fe in 1966 and kept that name until August 30, 2010, when it became Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The institution experienced some financial insecurity, but in July 2009 the City of Santa Fe, Laureate Education, and the New Mexico State Governor’s Office resolved those concerns by entering into a partnership with the university.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design has a 60-acre campus with libraries, art galleries, performance venues, residence halls, as well as production studios for both music and design. The university is also home to the Anne and John Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Garson Studios, and the Visual Arts Center.

General Information

Admission Office

1600 Saint Michael’s Drive

Santa Fe, NM 87505-7634

(505) 473-6133

(800) 456-2673

Fax: (505) 473-6129

Contact: J. Taylor Gantt

Associate Director
Main Address

1600 Saint Michael’s Drive

Santa Fe, NM 87505-7634

(505) 473-6011

Total undergrads: 670

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 166

Degree-seeking undergrads: 657


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Multimedia B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musical theater B
Musicology/Ethnomusicology B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B
Theatre Arts Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Environmental documentation B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Art Therapy B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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