The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences. Today, NHIA has grown to become the third largest art and design college in all of New England. Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Higher Education and nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD), NHIA offers undergraduate (BFA), graduate (MFA, MAT, and MAAE), and community education programs serving over 2,000 students annually. NHIA’s academic and administrative programs and residence halls are housed in 11 buildings spread throughout downtown Manchester with additional studio and exhibition facilities located in Sharon and Peterborough, New Hampshire.
To educate, engage and empower through the arts
To be a leader in arts education, recognized for our ability to use the arts to foster positive change in the world and enable individuals to realize their full creative potential.
We are educators: As mentors and teachers, our job is to challenge and support our students. To achieve this, we focus our education on aesthetic and technical skills, historical and contemporary analysis, experimentation, collaboration, and free inquiry.
We are students: Each member of our community is a student. We learn from each other and value each other’s contributions.
We are practitioners: While our primary focus is teaching, we are also practicing creative professionals who bring current ideas to those we educate. To broaden the student experience, we incorporate local and global perspectives.
We are advocates: We believe art is relevant and essential to our culture; therefore, we promote education, presentation, and civic engagement through affordable programs and curricula.
We are creative citizens: Successful citizenship begins with integrity, inquiry, empathy, responsibility, honesty, accountability, and the celebration of diversity, which ultimately shapes our communities and cultural landscape for the betterment of the world.
We are a community: Our organization is comprised of a diverse group of people who see inclusion as a priority. Our success relies on cooperation, collaboration and respect for one another.
Students in our Undergraduate program become part of a community of artists that will help them grow in the arts and in life
We can fit art into anyone's busy life with over 100 programs that run from 1-day to 12-weeks
NHIA is located in the heart of New England
Our graduate degree programs are designed to work with your life.
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