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Learn more about how to apply to the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) by reviewing the content listed below.

Associate and Bachelor Degree Students

Students who wish to apply to a 2- year or 4- year degree program in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Museum Studies, Cinematic Arts and Technology, or Indigenous Liberal Studies.

New Freshman Students

Incoming freshman students (less than 24 transferable college credits).

  1. Complete the form, download the IAIA Admission Application form, or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at (800) 804-6422.
  2. A non-refundable $25 application fee
  3. Submit your high school transcript (indicating graduation date) or GED transcript (indicating passing scores)
  4. Test scores from one of the following, if registering for a college level math or English course, are needed for placement:
    • American College Test (ACT): IAIA’s ACT code is 2654
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): IAIA’s SAT code is 0180
    • Asset
    • Compass
    • Accuplacer

Once the Admissions Office has received the above four items, the applicant will be considered for admission.

Transfer Students

Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of 24 or more transferable semester credits at other accredited institutions may apply to be admitted as transfer students.

  1. Complete the form, download the IAIA Admission Application form, or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at (800) 804-6422.
  2. A non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. Submit official college transcript(s) indicating a minimum of 24 transferable semester credits, plus official high school transcripts or GED, if fewer than 24 transferable semester credits.
  4. Provide two Letters of Recommendation, at least one of which must be from a teacher, counselor or community leader.
  5. Enclose a Statement of Interest (one page, typed, in 12-point font) addressing the following:
    1. Your educational and life goals, and how The College can help you fulfill them;
    2. An example of a leadership role you held in your community; and
    3. A situation in which you had to overcome adversity.
  6. A portfolio in the intended area of study. An outline of the portfolio requirement follows.

Portfolio Requirements for Transfer Students

All portfolios contain follow some general requirements and, in addition, particular majors have specific requirements.

Major Program: Creative Writing Portfolio Requirement
  • 15 to 20 pages of original work (poetry, fiction, playwriting, or nonfiction)
Major Program: Indigenous Liberal Studies Portfolio Requirements

1,000 word essay including:

  • What you expect to gain through participation in the Indigenous Liberal Studies Program/Native American Studies program.
  • What experience you have had as a member of or working for an Indigenous or local community.
  • What issues facing Indigenous or local communities seem most important to you.
Major Program: Museum Studies Portfolio Requirements

700-word statement of interest in the Museum Studies program. The statement should include:

  • Goals and any special training or previous relevant employment or other experience.
  • Current knowledge of the museum/cultural center field.
  • The kinds of experiences he/she hopes will be a part of his/her college education.
  • Reasons for choosing the Museum Studies degree program.
Major Program: Cinematic Arts & Technology Portfolio Requirements
  • Up to five individual films (narrative, documentary, animation or experimental in nature), with a total running time of no more than 20 minutes. Applicants are encouraged to submit work on DVD media when possible, which should be able to be played on a standard DVD player. Applicants must check their work to meet this requirement. Do not send .flv, .swf or Windows Media files. If an applicant’s work is posted on the web, he/she should send the URL(s)as part of the portfolio as well.
  • A short film demonstrating foundational skills and promise toward the program.
Major Program: Studio Arts Portfolio Requirements

A minimum of 10 art pieces related to the applicant’s intended major and created within the past two years.

  • Applicants may e-mail their files as a Power Point or Word document to the Office of Admissions at admissions@iaia.edu. If sending a portfolio by e-mail, the applicant must contact the Office of Admissions for submission confirmation.
  • Slides must be labeled with the applicant’s name, date of work, slide number, and slide key. Slides must be placed in plastic viewing sleeves. Do not send loose transparencies.

Please do not submit:

  • Original paintings or artwork.
  • Original three-dimensional pieces, such as jewelry, pottery, or sculpture.

IAIA is not responsible for lost or misdirected items. After review by the Admissions Committee, IAIA will attempt to return every applicant’s portfolio.

An applicant for transfer to IAIA will present the above requirements at his/her scheduled Admissions Committee meeting. The Admissions Committee will determine the qualifications of the student and officially admit or deny the student acceptance into the major program. If accepted, the student will be assigned a Major Advisor and will file a degree plan with the Registrar’s Office.

MFA in Creative Writing Graduate Students

For detailed information about how to apply to the MFA in Creative Writing program or to the MFA in Creative Writing Residency-Only Option, visit MFA in Creative Writing.

Certificate Program Students

Certificate students, both online and on-campus, are students who would like to earn a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, or Native American Art History.

New Freshman Students

  1. Complete the form, download the IAIA Admission Application form, or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at (800) 804-6422.
  2. A non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. High School or GED transcript (if the student has less than 24 transferable college credit, they need to submit official college transcripts from any previously attended colleges).
  4. College placement test scores.

Transfer Students

  1. Complete the form, download the IAIA Admission Application form, or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at (800) 804-6422.
  2. A non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. High School or GED transcript (if the student has less than 24 transferable college credit, they need to submit official college transcripts from any previously attended colleges).
  4. Official college transcripts (from all previously attended colleges).

Dual and Concurrent Students

IAIA has established dual credit enrollment agreements with the Santa Fe Indian School, Walatowa Charter High School, Native American Community Academy, and Santa Fe Public Schools. High school students who are interested in enrolling in courses at IAIA for both college and high school credit must meet with their high school counselor to begin the dual-enrollment process.

Once you’ve decided on this course of action, please:

  1. Complete the form, download the IAIA Admission Application form, or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at (800) 804-6422.
  2. Complete Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Forms
  3. A the Registration Form
  4. Submit your High School Transcript
  5. Arrange for College Placement Test scores to be sent to IAIA

Test scores from one of the following, if registering for a college level math or English course, are needed for placement:

  • American College Test (ACT): IAIA’s ACT code is 2654
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): IAIA’s SAT code is 0180
  • ASSET
  • COMPASS
  • ACCUPLACER

Once the Admissions Office has received the above four items, the applicant will be considered for admission.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students are full- or part-time students who wish to take a course or courses during the semester without earning credit toward a degree. If they later wish to apply to a degree program, they must submit all of the required items for admission to that degree program.

  • Pay regular tuition and fees and are subject to IAIA’s rules and regulations.
  • Must live off-campus.
  • Register for classes after degree-seeking students have registered.
  • May not request credit status for a class after the last day to add a course according to the Academic calendar.
  • Are not eligible for financial aid from IAIA.

Application Requirements

Follow these steps to apply:

  • Complete the form, download the IAIA Admission Application form, or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at (800) 804-6422.
  • Either demonstrate fulfillment of any course prerequisite or a signed waiver of the requirement (prerequisite) from the instructor before registering.

These documents need only be provided once, unless the student has not been in attendance for more than one semester.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester undergraduate enrollment: August 4th
  • Spring semester undergraduate enrollment: January 4th
  • Rolling undergraduate admissions: Applications will be continuous throughout the year
  • Graduate enrollment: February 1

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