Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque

  • The Art Center Design College strives to be an exemplary force in higher education by providing a setting that prepares both national and international students interested in pursuing a future in the visual/communication arts to attain Bachelor's and Associate of Arts degrees and to meet the competitive challenges of an evolving global environment.
School Highlights
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque serves 202 students (66% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 65%.
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque is one of 4 community colleges within Bernalillo County, NM.
  • The nearest community college to Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque is Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque (1.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque places among the top 20% of community colleges in New Mexico for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 16 teachers has grown by 60% over five years.
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque(NM) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty16 staff72 staff
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque has declined by 15% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment202 students1,793 students
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio13:130:1
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students133 students604 students
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students69 students1,189 students
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Enrollment Breakdown NM All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
11%
10%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
-
2%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
46%
44%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
3%
2%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Black (2007-2016)
% White
40%
35%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
-
1%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque More (2011-2013)
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Ethnicity Breakdown NM All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.620.67
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,900$34,400
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $22,613 is equal to the state average of $22,613. The private state tuition has declined by 16% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$22,613$22,613
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%86%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$49,750$15,750
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$20,125$6,495
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate81%50%
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Percent Admitted (2007-2010)
SAT Reading456456
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque SAT Reading (2007-2010)
SAT Math452452
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque SAT Math (2007-2010)
SAT Writing (Year 2008)455455
ACT Composite2020
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque ACT Composite (2007-2010)
ACT English1919
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque ACT English (2007-2010)
ACT Math1818
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque ACT Math (2007-2010)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • President, Sharmon R. Woods and Vice President, Marvin R. Woods founded The Art Center Design College in 1983 in Tucson, AZ. The college sprung from the Woods' graphics firm that frequently hired both full-time and freelance artists. Finding talented artists grounded in a thorough knowledge of production, illustration and effective design became the challenge. The College has continued to expand with the addition of baccalaureate degrees in Interior Design and Animation Graphics in the late 1990's and Fine Arts in 2003. In 1989, the Albuquerque, NM campus was opened to meet the market's demand for well-trained graphic designers and illustrators. The college offers Art and Design programs of varying length leading to baccalaureate degrees, Associate degrees and professional certificates, general education program, continuing program, program of technology, library, media, and student services, special instructional classes and tutorial labs and a program that specifically supports employers in their search for qualified Art and Design professionals. The Art Center Design College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a Member of the North Central Association.

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