Visual and Performing Arts

Degrees Offered

Visual Arts

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.

Music Program

New Mexico Highlands’ music program is designed to accommodate students who have a solid background in music and students who are new to the field. The program awards bachelor of fine art degrees in vocal performance, composition and music technology and composition. The program also offers a B.A. in general music and a concentration in music education.

If you want to be a part of the audio production industry, our music technology school is the place to be. Our recording studio is the place to get the hands-on experience you need to launch an exiting career. Using Avid Pro Tools HD – the industry standard in professional recording studios – our students also learn to use iZotope, Brainworx, Flux, SoundToys, Melodyne, and many other fun and creative plugins.

Our music degrees are cutting-edge because they center around music technology, but are also traditional because our students also study music. Too many new music tech schools skip the study music, but not Highlands. Our environment supports students on the road to becoming musicians. Highlands is an audio school for musicians.


Visual and Performing Arts


Undergraduate catalog: BFA 

Catalog: AA

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.



Graduates of the NMHU Visual and Performing Arts department can be found in the following occupations:

  • Art Director
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Museum Technician and Conservator
  • Music Director and Composer
  • Music Teacher
  • Producer and Director

Faculty & Staff

Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff


Mission of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts students work alongside artists and community members in an integrated curriculum that supports global citizenship within the context of our local, state and national identities.  Faculty lead in the learning process both in and out of the classroom to inform students in historical, technical and aesthetic applications of material, hands on education.  Arts education leads to a wide variety of occupations addressing the professional artist, musician or theatrical performer.