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Garson Studios, located inside the Film School, is home to numerous Academy Awards and our students work on feature films and TV shows – like WGN’s “Manhattan,” Netflix’s “Longmire,” and popular and acclaimed Hollywood films (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”, “No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Iron Man 2”, “Paul”, “Legionnaire” and many more). In fact, Santa Fe is ranked one of the top locations in the U.S to live and work in the film industry by MovieMaker. Get ready to start making movies!

Get a focused degree

The Film Shool offers accredited 3- or 4-year BFA degrees in Film with concentrations in Story Development, Production, Visual Effects/Technical Animation, or Post Production. Most universities make you take two years of general education before entering into your degree. At SFUAD, you’ll study your degree all four years and start honing your filmmaking skills from the first day of class. In fact, we’re going to give you your own professional-caliber DSLR camera. For free. (And after 4 consecutive semesters with us it is yours to keep!) At SFUAD, there is nothing holding you back from making films, participating in professional opportunities, and creating a dynamic reel of work.

Professional  NETWORK

All of our faculty are professional filmmakers with years of experience and they are still working in the industry. With award winning faculty like Hank Rogerson, actor and producer, known for films like Sicario, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Gold, and Shakespeare Behind Bars, our alums are having no trouble finding their place in world. From Hollywood to Chicago to New York, Universal to HBO, you’ll find SFUAD graduates working and ready to welcome you to their ranks.

“Freshman year, we took production, post-production, sound and camera classes. To be a successful director, you have to know how to do absolutely everything, so you can have a real vision. SFUAD teaches you every step of the filmmaking process.” Alvie, The Film School

Learn in an Amazing Place

“A top entertainment school on the move” – Variety Magazine.
Creativity is the DNA that makes up SFUAD, one of the Southwest's most respected destinations for the serious pursuit of art- we have been ranked as the MOST ARTISTIC CITY IN AMERICA. And our campus is located in the center of Santa Fe, listed as one of the top locations in the nation for film. No matter what your career plans, you'll meet the friends, collaborators, and connections to help develop into the artist you've always wanted to be.

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“When I got the email that said “congratulations,” I couldn’t believe it. I called my parents, and my dad was so emotional. It was the best day of my life. I think getting the scholarship was this feeling of, “You’re on the right path.” At SFUAD, I can focus on what I came to do, which is make movies and continue my dream. ” Priscilla, The Film School


Last year, we awarded over $11 million in institutional aid. Over four years, you can save up to $40,000 compared to tuition at other art schools. Complete the request for information form to learn more about financial aid, tuition, and scholarships at SFUAD.


Shoot the Stars ® is an initiative in which we bring Hollywood A-list actors to campus to work on student produced shorts. It’s a one of a kind opportunity that you can’t find anywhere else, and we’re taking it to the next level. Starting this summer, Shoot the Stars ® will produce feature length films beneath the banner of Schools Out Productions. We are still accepting applications for students wishing to join our community. Submit your request for information to get connected with an Enrollment Advisor and find information on the application process.  To be considered for scholarships and federal awards students must submit their FAFSA.

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