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Art and Art History

Degrees Offered:

New Mexico Highlands University’s Art Department offers several degrees to help launch your creative career. Undergraduates can pursue a bachelor of arts degree, a bachelor of fine arts degree, or an interdisciplinary B.F.A. in fine arts and media arts. New Mexico Highlands University also offers a minor in art history, which develops an appreciation for art with an emphasis in Western art and architecture. This minor helps to develop an understanding of art in culture and how it reflects society.

Job prospects
Graduates with an art degree can look forward to exciting and creative careers in areas such as studio art, publication illustration, advertising, film and theatre set design, foundries, exhibition design, museums, and education.

Highlands is a great place to study art!
In addition to our proximity to two world-renowned art markets, Santa Fe and Taos, the Art Program at New Mexico Highlands is home to two biannual conferences, Iron Tribe and Print, Printed, Printing, that attract working artists from around the globe. Our students find they have ample opportunity to display their work both on campus and around the Las Vegas area. We have fully equipped printmaking, jewelry, and ceramic studios as well as a state-of-the-art foundry. Highlands also provides personal studio space for advanced students. We also have one of the lowest reported tuition rates in the United States.



Graduates of the NMHU Visual Arts Department can be found in the following occupations:

  • Art Director
  • Museum Technician and Conservator
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Gallery Owner/Assistant
  • Studio Artist

Degree Requirements

Art and Art History

Fine Arts Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate catalog: BFA and BA

Fine Arts Post Baccalaureate Certificate Requirements

Graduate catalog: Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.

Important Dates

  • 28


    Music on the Greens Concert

  • 15


    NMHU Fall 2021 Career Fair