Academic Technology Resources and Distance Education

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is expanding its course and program offerings into the new technologies available via distance learning. Through a partnership with IDEAL New Mexico, IAIA online will be utilizing the Blackboard Learning Management System and various integrated learning tools. This is part of an overall effort by the State of New Mexico to make the highest quality online learning resources available to all New Mexicans.

Academic Technology Resources and Distance Education at IAIA is available through degree-offering and staff-development programs, as well as the various training programs provided by the Center for Lifelong Education. The Blackboard Online environment is being supplemented with a content capture system to deliver course content that is enhanced by various media intended to enrich the online experiences.

Certificate Programs

Museum Studies

The program introduces students to all aspects of museum studies from theoretical perspectives to practical applications. Courses are arranged with weekly video demonstrations, readings, and original research assignments. In addition to learning the details of museum operations, students also learn about the ethical and legal considerations involved in collecting, storing, and exhibiting Native American cultural objects.

Business and Entrepreneurship

This course of study lays a solid foundation in business and entrepreneurial skills. The program is designed to meet the needs of small business owners and self-employed individuals. With a focus on applied skills, students are taught processes that can be repeated in the development of future business opportunities.

Native American Art History

IAIA offers one of the only Native American Art History certificate programs in the nation. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach, examining Native American art as a form of discourse and cultural exchange. Survey courses provide a broad historical overview of the history of Native American, First Nations, and Central and South American art forms. Courses examine the disciplinary lenses applied to Indigenous art, including archaeological, anthropological, ethnographic, and art historical methods; analyzed with close attention to the ethical and conceptual concerns of Indigenous scholars, artists, and activists

All certificate programs available online.

Minimum Technical Requirements for Online Courses

To complete an online degree program or take courses completely from your home computer, your computer system will need to meet some basic minimum requirements to be able to use Blackboard, our online learning management system. It is the student’s responsibility to meet minimum technical requirements.


  • Computer less than 5 years old
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X
  • Video: SVGA monitor, minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
  • Internet speed:Broadband connection
  • Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE): JRE v1.6.x or higher
  • JavaScript: Enabled Cookies: Enabled
  • Microsoft Silverlight Adobe Reader
  • Word Processing Software that can save to Word .docx file format (Microsoft Office for PC or Mac, Open Office, etc.)

Supported Browsers

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