The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. It is devoted to the study of contemporary arts, as well as the art of education. IAIA also operates the Center for Lifelong Education and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.
Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Museum Studies and Indigenous Liberal Studies, and graduate degrees in Creative Writing, IAIA has graduated more than 3,800 students, and welcomes students from the 567 federally-recognized tribes and non-Native Americans looking to obtain a world-class arts education. In any given year, as many as 112 tribes are represented on campus, with about 20 percent of its student body non-Native American, adding to the vibrant cultural mix of IAIA’s diverse and welcoming students, faculty and staff.
A Place for Expansion and Expression
IAIA is as much a concept as a campus. It’s about cultural roots and cultural celebration. It’s about supporting and advancing the very notion of contemporary Native art while still acknowledging the rich indigenous history and artistic expression that came before it. It’s about blazing new trails, finding new frontiers. It’s about pushing the limits of the arts and those who pursue and create it. IAIA will find the best in you and make it better.
Through a concept of art as a traditional path of creativity, IAIA excels at skill building, provoking thought and providing exceptional educational opportunities. IAIA is a place to embrace the past, enrich the present and create the future — to move ahead to paths yet unexplored and undiscovered.