Illustration program


“I wanted to go to art college because I wanted to do something I would be happy with for the rest of my life. When I came to NHIA, I felt like the staff had a family vibe to it and it felt really comforting to be with people who were so down to earth. It is such a small college that I knew I would create personal connections with both my peers and faculty. Everyday I’m learning. I feel like I’ve been freed.” K'Nea Anderson, Illustration, Class of 2017

As an Illustration major at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), you won’t just be prepared for professional life: you’ll be immersed in it. Career-building opportunities including commissions and exhibitions are woven into our curriculum.

Our faculty members are a diverse group of successful working artists and nationally recognized illustrators who will provide you with a broad range of approaches, applications, and mediums to explore, and our proximity to Boston, New York, and Montreal makes it easy to explore and engage in broader cultural trends. Tell stories through your drawing, develop powerful concepts, and learn how to solve creative problems. Pick up tips or get critiqued by the biggest names in the industry through our Visiting Artists series, all while enjoying the support of a close-knit community of committed teachers and passionate students. At NHIA, it’s all at your fingertips.

Each of our programs are flexible, career-focused and innovative. With more electives, a focus on professional practice, a broad education including liberal arts and sciences, and a partnership with UNH Manchester, NHIA provide artists, writers and designers the freedom to explore within and beyond their major, to think and make in innovative ways, and to be in tune with the professional demands of both current and future careers in art and design. This is education tailored to your goals!

Career Options

Medical illustrator, storyboard illustrator, 3D animator, mural designer, cartoon illustrator, concept artist, fashion illustrator, illustration agent, book illustrator, logo designer, textile painter, digital illustrator, art director, imaging specialist, graphic novelist, art educator, portrait artist

What else you need to know

  • We are the ONLY college in America offering BFA degrees that require all students to complete three semesters of professional practices, business marketing, and entrepreneurship studies for the arts.
  • Our partnership with UNH Manchester expands course offerings by double, without adding expense or time to complete your degree
  • We require nine credits of a professional practicum (paid or unpaid internships) in all disciplines
  • Every freshman gets a fully loaded Macbook laptop for no additional expense


Want to know what four years in an Illustration program at NHIA looks like? You got it.
Undergraduate Viewbook
Virtual Tour
Catalyst - An NHIA News Magazine
Ayris - Student Run Magazine


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