Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. The U.S. Department of Education does not permit accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body.

Southwest University of Visual Arts is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) hlcommission.org. Since 2005, Southwest University of Visual Arts has been continually accredited by the Higher learning commission. Prior to 2005, Southwest University of Visual Arts was accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. Southwest University of Visual Arts obtained its most recent seven year Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2010/2011. The next Reaffirmation of Accreditation is scheduled for 2017/2018.

Verification of Accreditation Letter from HLC

State Agency Affiliation

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Main Campus (Tucson, AZ) is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Branch Campus (Albuquerque, NM) is licensed by the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic or specialized accreditation represents an additional level of external peer evaluation and quality assurance that applies to specific programs within an institution. The focus of programmatic accreditation is on the curriculum for a specific program(s) and how it leads to professional practice. With programmatic accreditation, the quality of the programs are continuously benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the industry of choice. Employers and students can trust that the program of study meets quality standards set by the profession.

Many of specific professional programs do not have programmatic Accreditation available, such as Animation and Graphic Design, Photography and Illustration.

See below for the Southwest University of Visual Arts programs that have programmatic accreditation available and have received Programmatic Accreditation.

Interior Design-Albuquerque New Mexico Campus CIDA accreditation Reaffirmation due 2021.

Other Agency Affiliation

Southwest University of Visual Arts is approved for the training of Veteran students.

Southwest University of Visual Arts is authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Department for the training of non-immigrant students.

Southwest University of Visual Arts is approved for the training of qualified applicants by both the Arizona and New Mexico State Rehabilitation Departments.

Art Center, Inc. doing business as Southwest University of Visual Arts, is an Arizona Corporation