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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Whether you’re exploring a traditional, analog art form or you want to push through the boundaries of what your medium means in today’s world, you’ll have the resources, mentorship, and encouragement that you need to make that happen. SFUAD will get you ready for the real world – but we’re also giving you the tools to rewrite what ‘real’ means.

The roots of Santa Fe University of Art and Design grow directly from New Mexico’s oldest chartered college, St. Michael’s College, which was founded in 1859 and granted a charter for higher education in 1874. St. Michael’s College changed its name to the College of Santa Fe in 1966, and enrolled its first female students in that same year. On August 30, 2010, the name of the college was changed to Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The new name reflected the mission and vision of the school while also recognizing and upholding the reputation of the college, students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Programs at the university combine practical experience with core theory, empowering students to develop a thorough understanding of their professional aspirations in contemporary music, creative writing, theatre, art, graphic design, film, photography, digital arts, and arts management.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design is a subsidiary of Laureate International Universities, a global network of more than 80 accredited campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 1 million students in over 28 countries. Our students are part of an international, academic community that spans 28 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Through this partnership, we are able to offer students unprecedented access to global education, internships and professional opportunities.

School Information

1600 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-7634
P: 1-877-732-5977
F: (505) 473-6334
Calendar: Semester
Locale: City: Small
Open Admissions: Yes
Sector: Private for-profit, 4-year or above
Carnegie Basic: Schools of art, music, and design
Religious Affiliation: Not applicable
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Students & Faculty

  • 562Total Students
  • 278Male Students
  • 284Female Students
  • 78Total Faculty
  • 51Male Faculty
  • 27Female Faculty
  • 9:1Student/Fac Ratio
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Tuition Information

$ 30,388

Out of State Tuition

$ 1,200

Books & Supplies

$ 8,338

Room & Board

$ 2,628

Other Expenses

$ 42,554



total applicants

admitted (417)

enrolled (173)

SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
Do not know
Neither required nor recommended

Degrees & Programs

Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Computer Science
Conservation Biology
Creative Writing
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Graphic Design
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Information Technology
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management

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