Join a vibrant art community, in the midst of an inspiring outdoor paradise

Art is not just important to us here at UNM, it’s part of us. We teach it, create it, and embrace it. It shapes our identity and even drives our economy.

Whether it’s cast or woven, printed or painted, disruptive, experimental, theoretical or visionary, we have an insatiable love and deep respect for the artist and their practice—and if you do too, we should really talk.

Focusing on traditional and avant-garde studio art practice, art history, and art education, The Department of Art provides an environment where creativity and intellectual discourse can flourish

Dedicated to the study and practice of film and video as art, Film & Digital Arts develops the necessary skills to succeed as a moviemaker, screenwriter, video game designer, film historian, or experimental artist

As the only music program in the state to have dedicated performance faculty-artists to teach every instrument or voice, the Department of Music strives to develop the complete musician

The Department of Theatre and Dance cultivates critical thinking and analysis, providing a broad, liberal arts education in the related performing arts of Dance, Theatre, and Design for Performance

Stories from the HeART of the Arts in New Mexico

Explore The Arts!

Stay up-to-date with upcoming events in art, film & digital arts, music, and theatre & dance via the CFA Events Calendar! In addition to our scholarly pursuits, the College of Fine Arts is also a dynamic visual & performing arts center for the burgeoning arts community of Albuquerque.

Produced by our creative students and faculty, the College of Fine Arts proudly presents over 300 public performances, exhibitions, installations & art discussions annually.

CFA by the Numbers

• Top 8 in the nation in Photography
• The only place in the US to earn a concentration in Flamenco
• The only college at UNM with a fund dedicated to studying abroad
• 64% of CFA grads find jobs before or within 4 months of graduation

Undergraduate Degrees

Full-Time Faculty


of Students Receive Financial Aid

Days of Sunshine Per Year

A Message From The Dean

“I am honored and excited to serve as the Dean for the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, it is my goal to work with the talented faculty, staff and students of the CFA to positively impact the region, and empower all underrepresented people of the state. Additionally, I am looking forward to the CFA being an active partner in supporting the success of President Stokes’ Grand Challenge Initiative, helping make our school a destination university.

—Harris D. Smith, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Professor, Dept. of Theatre & Dance

UNM College of Fine Arts’ Statement of Solidarity and Anti-Racism

How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico sits on the traditional homelands of the Pueblo of Sandia. The original peoples of New Mexico — Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache — since time immemorial, have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community statewide. We honor the land itself and those who remain stewards of this land throughout the generations and also acknowledge our committed relationship to indigenous peoples. We gratefully recognize our history.