Sitting on the high plains at an elevation of 7,000 feet and just to the west of the sangre de Christos mountains, Santa Fe, New Mexico is an artist’s mecca, a skier’s delight, and a marvellous destination for students of the arts or those interested in the Great Books approach to learning. Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the USA and its population of 70,000 hosts several major historical and artistic venues: The Palace of the Governors (est. in the early 17th Century), the Georgia O’Keefe museum, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe Plaza, to name a few.
The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is a dream come true for students of the arts, especially those who want to study in more than one area during their undergraduate years. The clean and attractive campus is well-equipped with facilities and services including expansive studio space for artists and designers, the Greer Garson Theatre for theatre students and Garson Studios – a fully-equipped television and movie studio in which students get hands-on experience working for professional shows that are in production. The program is rounded out by a marvelously eclectic music program and a comprehensive creative writing program. Santa Fe is a magnet for artists from all over the world and the students at SFUAD benefit from this.
On the other end of town, St. John’s College offers a Great Books curriculum to its students, who are very keen on Homer, Euclid, Chaucer, Einstein, Mozart, Descartes, and Freud, among others. Students at SJC take four years of math and language instruction, three years of lab science, two years of music instruction and a seminar in intellectual history for all four years. All students earn a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts in a close-knit academic community boasting an 8 to 1 student-teacher ratio. A discussion with an SJC student is a feast of ideas and across-the-ages connections in literature, philosophy, science, and politics. Below… SFUAD.
Below: St. John’s College, Santa Fe