NHIA Launches New Majors

Jennifer Robertson on 08.03.17

New Hampshire Institute of Art Adds New Programs In Comic Arts, Printmaking, and User Experience (UX) Design 

Manchester, NH (August 3, 2017) — The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the addition of three new undergraduate programs in Comic Arts, Printmaking, and User Experience (UX) Design. The new majors join a portfolio of arts-centered programs offered at the 119-year-old college where students can focus their studies on art, design, writing, or arts education. NHIA will admit the first students into these new programs starting in fall 2018.

NHIA's Comic Arts program offers a unique, cross-disciplinary course of study that reflects the rich diversity of artistic expression present in the world of Comic Arts today. NHIA already offers a minor in Comic Arts. Last year the college announced an innovative partnership with the Center for Cartoon Studies that gives NHIA students the opportunity to meet and work with a wide range of visiting artists and cartoonists from around the world.

NHIA’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Comic Arts brings together faculty in creative writing, illustration, and graphic design to deliver a one-of-a-kind program that opens up new avenues of creative exploration in all manner of storytelling. From traditional comics and editorial cartoons to the latest techniques and trends in graphic novels, anime, or web-based animation, students will have the opportunity to explore the many creative possibilities in this rapidly expanding field.

NHIA’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Printmaking affords students pursuing this new studio art degree the opportunity to explore both contemporary and historical printmaking methods. Whether its screen prints designed on a computer laptop or 15th century etching and lithography, hand-set letterpress techniques or the latest in computer-controlled laser etching, students will develop an arsenal of tools appropriate for a variety of fine arts and contemporary design applications.

NHIA’s third new degree program, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in User Experience (UX) Design acknowledges the explosion of interest in design and the importance it plays in our everyday lives. This new program complements NHIA’s existing program in Graphic Design and provides students interested in pursuing a career as a UX Designer with a solid foundation in the skills necessary to work in both the digital and physical worlds —whether that’s software coding and mobile application development, or interaction design using the latest in 2D and 3D prototyping methods.

“These three new programs say a lot about the future direction we are charting for NHIA,” said New Hampshire Institute of Art President Kent Devereaux. “For almost 120 years, NHIA has been known for high quality instruction in the fine and applied arts. Now, with the introduction of innovative new degree programs like Comic Arts and UX Design we aim to apply those same exacting standards for high-quality instruction to these exciting new fields of creative exploration.”

This is not the first time that NHIA has ventured into new territory. Last year, NHIA announced an innovative new partnership with the University of New Hampshire, Manchester that allows students at both colleges to enroll in courses at either college for no additional charge. In addition, earlier this year NHIA launched a Certificate in Creative Placemaking program. The program brings together individuals working in public art, landscape design, urban planning, public policy, and community development and prepares them to be leaders who can create the networks needed within a community to make positive change.