College Catalog

2019–2020 College Catalog

2019–2020 College Catalog

I am pleased to welcome you to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and appreciate your decision to continue your education at our college. IAIA is a fine arts college chartered by the United States Congress to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.

IAIA’s commitment to offering high-quality programs is validated by our accreditation from both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditor, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), a specialized, professional accrediting agency for art and design disciplines. IAIA has the distinction as the only fine arts college or department in New Mexico that is NASAD accredited.

Our associate and bachelor include programs in the following disciplines: Studio Arts, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Performing Arts, Museum Studies, Creative Writing, and Indigenous Liberal Studies. We also offer certificates in Museum Studies, Native Art History, and Business and Entrepreneurial Studies and a low-residence Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

IAIA also operates a museum located adjacent to the Santa Fe Plaza, which is the only one in the world focusing exclusively on exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of Native American artists. The Museum’s collection of 9,000 contemporary Native artworks, housed on the college campus, is the largest and most noteworthy collection in the world.

As a 1994 Tribal College and Land Grant institution, IAIA is also responsible for promoting and strengthening New Mexico tribal programs in the area of food and agricultural science. We accomplish this through programs in education, extension, research, and community outreach.

IAIA values the diversity reflected in our community of students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to promoting tolerance and acceptance along with fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment for all.

Thank you for joining the IAIA community. The IAIA administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing you with the support for your success in achieving your academic goals.

A recent IAIA student success initiative, the “15 to Finish—4 for 3 Program” creates financial incentives to encourage students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion—four years instead of five or more. A senior year tuition and book fee waiver will be awarded to students who maintain satisfactory progress over four years by completing at least 15 credits per semester.

Thank you for joining the IAIA community. The IAIA administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve your academic goals. We wish you the best of luck at IAIA.

Wado, (Thank You)



Dr. Robert Martin
IAIA President

2019–2020 College Catalog

2019–2020 College Catalog

I am pleased to welcome you to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and appreciate your decision to continue your education at our college. IAIA is a fine arts college chartered by the United States Congress to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.

IAIA’s commitment to offering high-quality programs is validated by our accreditation from both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditor, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), a specialized, professional accrediting agency for art and design disciplines. IAIA has the distinction as the only fine arts college or department in New Mexico that is NASAD accredited.

Our associate and bachelor include programs in the following disciplines: Studio Arts, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Performing Arts, Museum Studies, Creative Writing, and Indigenous Liberal Studies. We also offer certificates in Museum Studies, Native Art History, and Business and Entrepreneurial Studies and a low-residence Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

IAIA also operates a museum located adjacent to the Santa Fe Plaza, which is the only one in the world focusing exclusively on exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of Native American artists. The Museum’s collection of 9,000 contemporary Native artworks, housed on the college campus, is the largest and most noteworthy collection in the world.

As a 1994 Tribal College and Land Grant institution, IAIA is also responsible for promoting and strengthening New Mexico tribal programs in the area of food and agricultural science. We accomplish this through programs in education, extension, research, and community outreach.

IAIA values the diversity reflected in our community of students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to promoting tolerance and acceptance along with fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment for all.

Thank you for joining the IAIA community. The IAIA administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing you with the support for your success in achieving your academic goals.

A recent IAIA student success initiative, the “15 to Finish—4 for 3 Program” creates financial incentives to encourage students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion—four years instead of five or more. A senior year tuition and book fee waiver will be awarded to students who maintain satisfactory progress over four years by completing at least 15 credits per semester.

Thank you for joining the IAIA community. The IAIA administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve your academic goals. We wish you the best of luck at IAIA.

Wado, (Thank You)



Dr. Robert Martin
IAIA President

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Course schedules are maintained on a semester-by-semester basis by EMPOWER, our student information system. The IAIA community can sign in through the IAIA portal to view course schedules or view the course schedule on the EMPOWER website. Otherwise, view the IAIA College Catalog for a listing.

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