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New Mexico School for the Arts

Admission

To New Mexico's Only Public High School for the Arts

ADMISSION

To New Mexico’s Only Public High School for the Arts

We are now accepting APPLICATIONS for the 2021-2022 School Year!

New Mexico School for the Arts offers passionate young artists throughout New Mexico access to an award-winning, professional arts and academic program, and we’re excited that you are interested in joining our dynamic, driven, creative community!

NMSA accepts applications for incoming students from across the state through an annual audition and portfolio admissions process in one of the school’s five core arts disciplines, including Visual Arts, Theatre, Creative Writing & Literature, Music (Vocal, Jazz and Instrumental), and Dance. Admission to NMSA is based solely on an arts audition or portfolio review- no academic criteria are used.

NMSA’s annual application period for the following school year opens between mid-August, and closes on February 5th..

We are now accepting APPLICATIONS for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Arts Mastery Training

Rigorous Academics

Residential Program

Community Engagement

Audition Workshops

Led by its Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the NMSA arts departments, NMSA offers twice-yearly Audition Workshops geared to students who have already applied to NMSA so they can better prepare for the audition/portfolio review process and interview. The workshop requires a reservation. Open to prospective students. See important dates for more details.

Please contact our Director of Admissions Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505-629-9245  with any questions.

Check the Admissions 'Important Dates' on the right side column for upcoming workshops.

Welcome Wednesdays

Join our Director of Admissions for a virtual tour of our campus as well as a Q & A session to follow. Please come prepared to share your student's name, grade level for the fall of 2021, and arts discipline of interest. 

You may choose from one of five Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Events being offered this year. You must choose a date to sign up to receive login information. 

(Max capacity: 30 participants) 

You must RSVP to our Welcome Wednesday Tours.

Application Workshops

This workshop, led by the NMSA admissions team, is designed for students who need help filling out and submitting their application. The admissions team will walk students through the process and enable them to submit their applications digitally. The workshop is scheduled once yearly, in advance of the application deadline, and requires a reservation. Open to students and guardians. See ‘Important dates’ for more details.

Please contact our Director of Admissions Francesca Rodriguez at francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org or 505-629-9245  with any questions.

Check the Admissions 'Important Dates' on the right side column for upcoming workshops.

Residential Program

Committed to making the school’s arts and academics programming accessible to all qualified young artists across the state, NMSA offers students who live too far away for a daily commute the option to board at the school dormitories Monday through Friday.

Students can apply to the Residential Program once they are accepted to the school. Financial assistance is available based on proven economic need and availability of funds, and students must reapply annually.

To learn more about the residential program, click here.

Contact

Francesca Rodriguez

Director of Admissions

*Please fill out our inquiry form and a member of our admissions team will reach out to you shortly. Prospective students may also request a "Backstage Pass" to attend the program/arts discipline of their choosing with a current student.

Important Dates

Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Dates:

September 9, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
October 7, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
November 11, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
December 9, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
January 13, 2021; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dates to Remember:

August 17th, 2020; all day – Online application open for 2021-2022 School Year
September 9th, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Event
October 7th, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Event
October 9th, 2020; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Virtual Open House
November 11th, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Event
November 13th, 2020; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Virtual Open House
December 9th, 2020; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Event
December 12th, 2020; 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Virtual Open House
December 12th, 2020; 11:00 am – 12 noon, Virtual Audition Workshop
January 13th, 2021; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Welcome Wednesday Virtual School Tour Event
January 30th, 2021; 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Virtual Application Workshop
January 30th, 2021; 11:00 am – 12 noon, Virtual Audition Workshop
February 5th, 2021; all day, Online application deadline for 2021-2022 School Year