Institute Assisting Chester College Students in their Pursuit of the Arts


MANCHESTER, NH - The New Hampshire Institute of Art has opened its doors to students attending Chester College to help them seamlessly pursue their degrees in the arts in light of reports that Chester College will not be enrolling students this fall. Over the past several weeks, many students have begun the transfer process from Chester to the Institute, while many more have taken the initiative to visit the Institute and expressed interest in transferring to study photography, graphic design, and creative writing.

In addition, the former heads of Chester College’s creative writing and photography departments approached the Institute and were recently hired to address the additional student demand in these programs as a result of the number of students expected to transfer. Dr. Monica Bilson will be heading up the Institute’s creative writingconcentration and Darrel Matsumoto will join the faculty in the photography concentration. Their contracts with Chester College recently ended.  

“It is always a sad day when a college closes because of the impact on the students, their families, the faculty and staff, and the community, and it appears that this is what will happen in Chester. Given our proximity to Chester College and the fact that we are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, many students have inquired about transferring and some faculty have inquired about continuing to teach in their fields. We always put the students first and will do whatever we can to help these students continue to follow their passion for studying the arts,” said Institute President Roger Williams. 

The Institute of Art will accept all Chester students, will keep all charges, tuition, fees, and room and board in line with what Chester was going to charge for the 2012-13 academic year, and honor all scholarships or financial aid previously offered by Chester. In addition, all credits earned at Chester College will transfer to the Institute and all Chester students will be allowed to participate in the Institute’s laptop program, through which they receive an Apple MacBook Pro pre-loaded with design software. 

Dr. Bilson issued the following statement: “I chose the Institute to further enhance the creative writing offerings because I felt encouraged to carry out the spirit of Chester College’s creative writing department. Many of the students at Chester have expressed relief that they will be able to go to a like-minded institution with a very similar curriculum that they were accustomed to.”  

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About the NH Institute of Art: Established in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, the New Hampshire Institute of Art from the outset, has had a firm commitment to educating diverse traditional and nontraditional students in the fine arts. 

The Institute offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree drawing undergraduate students from across the United States and Canada. 

Its Certificate Programs and a Continuing Education program attracts and engages community members from throughout New England. 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 is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

More information about the Institute is available online at nhia.edu.

Media contact:
Christopher M. Williams
Director, Strategic Communications

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