About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
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. Saint 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 reflects 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, moving image arts (film/video), photography, digital arts, and arts management.
This approach, a key part of the university’s interdisciplinary curriculum, puts students on the path to becoming well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals.
The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. The location of the university, in the city of Santa Fe, allows students to pursue their education in an environment where art is central to the community.