Master of Arts in Art Education at the New Hampshire Institute of Art

MA in Art Education and Teaching Visual Arts






Graduate Programs in Art EducationYour Masters Degree: Choose One of Three Tracks

Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts: For those with a Bachelor's degree who are seeking a K-12 teaching certification

In this program, highly individualized instruction focuses on your creative practice and your teaching style. While earning your graduate degree, you’re able to teach in our own Community Youth Arts Initiative. This program is for artists who already have a Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Art, enjoy working with children, and want to share their passion for art by teaching K-12. The MAT curriculum is designed by certified educators and the work strikes a balance between theory and practice.To view the MAT Program Guide, please click here.

Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts Dual Degree BFA/MAT
: Earn both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching with K-12 certification in 5 years!

Our Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Arts in Art Education program is perfect for the undergraduate who has a passion for the arts and dreams of a future in teaching. The dual degree provides both degrees in five years instead of six—saving time and money and getting you into the classroom faster! We provide you with a unique opportunity to teach in  our Community Youth Arts Initiative, a program we developed to give our students real-world application of 21st century teaching strategies. For more information about this program please click here.

Master of Arts in Art Education
: A program specifically designed for K – 12 art educators who want to take their practice to the next level.

This program is for certified practicing art educators who want to invest in themselves and their own art-making while developing 21st century knowledge and skill in arts education. If you are ready to read just the balance between your teaching career and your own creative work, and are motivated to grow as an artist, this program is for you. This program is designed to generate transformation for your studio practice and your teaching.



Graduate Program Events

Learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists! In our low-residency graduate programs, students develop a network of colleagues and build a sustainable career in the arts.

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Manchester Campus, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Sharon Arts Center Campus, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458 

“In NHIA’s Graduate Programs, we believe that the cross-disciplinary dialogue that emerges when our faculty and students are together will inspire and embolden anyone looking to launch a sustainable art career through an MFA, MAAE, or MAT. We have an exceptional community of artists and writers at NHIA! I invite you to join us at one of our upcoming events so you can witness the energy and cross-pollination for yourself” – Lucinda Bliss, Graduate Programs Dean

October 22, 2016, 8:30am-1pm
Open House, Manchester Campus

The Dean, Directors and alumni will offer short presentations about our low-residency MFA, MAAE and MAT programs. Attendees can also meet with Financial Aid, tour the campus, check out our Special Collections Library, and take part in an optional portfolio review. Lunch will be served.

November 3, 2016, 5:30 reception, 6:30 awards
NH Literary Awards Meet and Greet, Manchester Campus

Meet the Creative Writing Director, Monica Bilson, mingle with current students and alumni, and stay for the New Hampshire Literary Awards--a NH Writers’ Project annual event recognizing Granite State authors. More info here:

November 10, 2016, 6pm info session, 6:30 Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha and Info Session/Reception, Sharon Arts Center Campus
Join the Graduate Programs faculty, staff and alumni for a fast-paced, entertaining evening of slide presentations and readings. Fourteen accomplished artists and writers have been invited to give 6-minute presentations on their work. We anticipate some rich, inspiring, possibly hilarious attempts to get at the heart of the work in such a short span of time. Information session and cocktail reception at 6:00, preceding the event.

January 14, 2017, 9am-1pm
Residency Visit Day, Manchester Campus

See the residency in action! Sit in on seminars, workshops and critiques, hear Dean and Director presentations, and join us for lunch with current students.

February 18, 2017, 6pm info session, 6:30pm reception
College Art Association Pop-Up Gallery and Reception, NYC
Prospective students are welcome at our Grad Programs reception for faculty, alumni, and current students. Meet the Dean, faculty, current students, and alums, and join us for a New York Happening!

April 22, 2017, 8:30am-1pm, Open House, Manchester Campus

June 24, 2017, 9am-1pm, Residency Visit Day, Manchester Campus

Do what you love with your degree


  • Art Education Careers

    Share your love of creativity with students at elementary or secondary schools. Our bridge program puts you on the track to certification.

  • Private Art Educator

    Open your own art studio, offering private lessons to school age children or adults.

  • Art Curator

    Acquire collections for museums, galleries, or history centers while organizing and maintaining exhibitions.

  • Gallery Director

    Establish the artistic policy of an art gallery, maintaining day-to-day operations and taking responsibility for collections.

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