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.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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