New Mexico School for the Arts welcomes you! NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society. Admission to our school is through a simple, straightforward application and audition process.

  • Look at our list of Important Dates. The most important are Application Deadline and Audition Dates.

  • Fill out our online application. Make sure to include your essay!

  • Send your recommender the recommendation link and have them complete that form independently.

  • Prepare for your audition.

  • If you plan to apply and audition for two disciplines, you must fill out two separate applications and prepare for each audition.

  • Wait for an email from the Director of Admissions notifying you of your audition date and instructions.

  • Attend your audition.

  • Wait for your decision letter.

  • All accepted Freshmen will participate in a Freshmen Placement Exam before Summer break.

If you have any questions, or would like to set up a shadow day, we are happy to assist you. Just fill out our Admissions Inquiry Form.

If you would like to contact us regarding Outreach in your school or community, please fill out our Outreach Request Form.

You can reach Francesca Rodriguez, Director of Admissions, anytime at or 505-629-9245.