An Invitation to Nurture Your Creative Talents and Cultivate Your Professional Skills

The City Different

The oldest capital city in the US. 7,000 feet. 320 sunny days per year. 300 galleries. 200 restaurants. 1.5 million acres of forest. River rafting, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, feast-day dances, live music, green chile, hundreds of years of art, film, theatre, and storytelling history – with all of its associated creators accessible to you at a moment’s notice. This is your space to create.

Our Core Curriculum is Your Pedestal

We have a liberal arts core curriculum – which creates the base that the rest of your art education rests upon. From humanities to social science to physical science, any classes you take outside your art, we’ll find a way to somehow relate to your field of study. Think volcanic history, explored through myth and legend. Think geology, explored through art and texture. At SFUAD, our liberal arts core curriculum makes sure you graduate with the basic tools you need to be well-rounded and employable – combine that with your artistic abilities, and you’ll be unstoppable.

Dream + Job

It doesn’t end when you walk out our doors – we’ll be here for you for life. Career planning and preparation, internships, seminars, one-on-one counseling, and networking opportunities. Because we expect you to work hard, and hold your head high, and go into the world as an ambassador of our university – because we’re proud of you already, and you aren’t even here yet.

Find Your Peers

Internships mean one thing: actual experience. Doing your art. We’re not talking about emptying trash cans at an art museum. We’ve sent music and theatre students to the Santa Fe Opera. We’ve had film majors work on Hollywood movies and TV shows as far away as New York City. We’re talking theatre, museum, cutting-edge gallery, production company, sound mixing, paint throwing, word slinging, find your passion, execute your dream, make the connection, it’s happening now internships. (Notice how we don’t put the word ‘unpaid’ in front of them? We work hard to make sure you get a paycheck or academic credits for your work.)

Get Out of Town

You’re coming to Santa Fe – but we can send you to Brazil. Or Italy. Or New Zealand. Or Turkey. Because we’re part of the Laureate International Universities network, we can send you to 70 universities in 29 countries for a semester abroad. We also work with internships across the country, to place students in jobs in places like New York City and Los Angeles. Use Santa Fe as a springboard into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – you owe it to yourself and your art.

Mentorship: It’s Not Just Lip Service

When we say you’re going to be on a first-name basis with your department chair, we mean it. Seriously. We’ve got an 8:1 student-teacher ratio for our studio classes, and a 12:1 ratio for our “lecture” classes. The network of professors, mentors, and internship leaders who guide you through your time here are the building blocks for your professional career – you’ll be taught by working artists who are actively engaged in their field. They’re only going to be your teachers for a few years, but they’ll be your peers for life.

Home is Where the Art Is

60 acres. 32 buildings. Dorms. Apartments. A gym. A cafeteria. A movie theatre. Everything you need in one place. Whether you’re grabbing late-night snacks at our student-run store, or up at the crack of dawn to get into your private studios in Thaw, or sharing lunch with friends on the Quad, our campus is the kind of fully immersive experience that you should demand from an arts campus.