Overview

The College of Fine Arts at The University of New Mexico nurtures creative thinking and supports innovative work across all disciplines by providing in-depth training and mentoring in the complex skills necessary for achievement in the arts.  

We integrate teaching, research, access and exposure to museums, and creative work in order to prepare students to participate in the evolving disciplinary and professional practices of the arts occurring locally, in the Americas, and globally.

Innovative yet mindful of tradition, the artists and scholars of our College practice and critique the arts in a vibrant community where animated teaching and learning are fostered by an environment of respect.  Teaching has a foundational role in CFA.  We value accessible, public education in the arts where what we produce is as diverse as our faculty, staff, and students.  Intellectual curiosity and artistic passion are part of the culture of performance, exhibition, composition, and critique central to the College.    By forming a center where the arts are publicly performed, created, exhibited, interpreted, and preserved, we foster economic development and a respectful, reciprocal exchange of learning through engagement with the people and cultures of New Mexico.

The University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts houses the Department of Art & Art History, The Department of Music, The Department of Theatre & Dance, and The Department of Cinematic Arts. Degrees offered in the Department of Art & Art History include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art Studio, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Studio, BA in Art History, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art Studio, Master of Arts (MA) in Art History, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Art History. The Department of Music offers disciplines in performance, music education, composition and theory, jazz studies, string pedagogy, contemporary world music, and music history. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a variety of degrees, including BA in Theatre, BA in Dance, BA in Design for Performance, MFA in Theatre Dramatic Writing, MA in Theatre Education & Outreach, MFA in Dance, and MA in Theatre & Dance with a Dance History Concentration. The Department of Cinematic Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts.

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