The New Hampshire Institute of Art was established as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1898. From the Institute’s outset, it has had a firm commitment to educating diverse traditional and nontraditional students in the fine arts. As an art college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), the Institute offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Master of Arts in Art Education, Master of Fine Arts, Certificate Programs and a strong Community Education program. New Hampshire Institute of Art is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Dedicated faculty promote intellectual and artistic development and teach students to respond artistically to contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues.
The New Hampshire Institute of Art supports excellence in teaching and recruits practicing artists, working writers, designers, and arts-oriented liberal arts faculty who are highly qualified educators and community members. They provide curriculum that balances the teaching of technical skills with the development of critical, intellectual, and creative abilities.