Variety Magazine Names Santa Fe University of Art and Design a Top Entertainment School on the Move

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Santa Fe, N.M.—August 9, 2016—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) is proud to be recognized by Variety Magazine as a Top Entertainment School on the Move. The university is one of only 20 institutions to be listed and was recognized for its innovative and cutting-edge programs that offer competitive, top-notch education in all aspects of film, production, theater and media.“At SFUAD, our campus provides wonderful artistic and cultural experiences for both our campus community and the local Santa Fe community, and we are proud to be recognized by Variety Magazine as a top entertainment school on the move,” said Dr. Maria Puzziferro, interim president, Santa Fe University of Art and Design. “We are committed to educating the current and future generations of creative professionals and leaders. We are constantly evolving our programs, internship and career opportunities for students to keep up with the ever-changing art, design and film industries.”

Our students have access to extraordinary internships, on-the-job experience and campus facilities and resources, which together supports their creative expression and career prospects. We are proud to have the people and facilities to provide such rich opportunities for the local community, the state of New Mexico and the art, design, performing arts and film industries around the world. This recognition celebrates the hard work, creativity and achievements of our outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni.” In addition, Variety Magazine praised SFUAD for its expansive production facilities, including soundstages at the university’s notable Garson Studios, and an exceptional array of scholarships and awards, including the Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative program for students whose film work focuses on social and environmental issues.

For more information on SFUAD, its award-winning Film School and Performing Arts programs, or available scholarships, visit

About Garson Studios:

Co-located with the SFUAD Film School, Garson Studios has hosted the production of more than 30 professional feature films over the past 20 years. Stage A has the largest permanent green screen in the state of New Mexico and students from the Film School have the unique opportunity to intern on professional productions on all three soundstages alongside Hollywood professionals.

Films made at Garson Studios range from No Country for Old Men to Cowboys & Aliens and have starred renowned actors such as Jeff Bridges, Natalie Portman, Samuel Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Netflix’s TV series, Longmire, has filmed five seasons at Garson. WGN America’s television series, Manhattan, recently used Garson Studios for two seasons and turned 12 acres of SFUAD’s campus into a 360-degree set.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design:

Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in business, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. SFUAD boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


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