Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) provides students with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory, inspiring creativity, passion and outstanding performance at its campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SFUAD is the oldest school of higher education in New Mexico. The school traces its roots to 1859 and was first chartered in 1874 when New Mexico was a territory.
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SFUAD offers undergraduate degree programs in art, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts and photography. SFUAD is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
During the past 20 years, more than 30 movies have been produced at Garson Studios, the university’s professional film studio. Movies produced at Garson Studios have collectively won four Golden Globe awards and five Oscars, and have been nominated for 18 others. One movie shot at Garson Studios, No Country for Old Men, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
In 2012, Backstage magazine named SFUAD’s Performing Arts Department one of the top five in the country outside of Los Angeles. In 2013, The Princeton Review named SFUAD the “Best in the West” and Variety Magazine listed The Film School at SFUAD as a “top media program” in the country.
SFUAD has been highlighted in the book America’s Best Kept College Secrets by Peter Arango for two consecutive years.
Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) plays a major role in promoting the arts and education in the local and global communities. The university currently sponsors an annual lecture and performance series—Artists for Positive Social Change—that explores a specific genre each year and the artists who have respectfully and fearlessly pushed its creative boundaries. Examples of the visiting artists and events SFUAD’s program has hosted include Shepard Fairey, Public Enemy, Ozomatli, Bukue One, Kate Reid, God-Des and She, as well as the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” exhibition.
A few additional community service initiatives include:
- commUNITY Focus Day, a biannual event designed to strengthen a sense of social responsibility among students and faculty. The campus community visits more than a dozen local nonprofits over the course of a day, often with several hundred volunteers. In May 2014, several dozen staff also spent an afternoon painting a house for Habitat for Humanity.
- Sponsoring art exhibits and events such as film and art festivals, events hosted by local nonprofits and other organizations that have educational missions. On campus, the university hosts a variety of public, complimentary art and design lectures, bringing in visiting artists from around the world.
- Access to facilities and resources for fundraisers, the Georgia O’Keeffe Girls’ Leadership Summer Camp, after-school programs, as well as gallery and exhibition space for the SITE Santa Fe Young Curators exhibition, Monte del Sol Charter School, and others—all typically free-of-charge.
- A dual-enrollment program in creative arts for local high schools to give students in grades 9–12 the ability to earn both high school and college credit. This program began through a partnership with St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe.
- Annual contributions to the local Santa Fe chapter of United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, which includes mentorship opportunities and Bowl for Kids’ Sake. In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico named SFUAD “Volunteer Community Partner of the Year” for its commitment to the organization.