College Credit Programs

Summer Bridge Program (June 26–July 16, 2016)

Summer Bridge Logo

Summer Bridge Logo

High school students who are interested in art can come to the IAIA campus for a three week on-campus summer program to earn college credit, explore art-related fields, and become familiar with college readiness.

Students will be eligible to earn two to four college credits in the following:

  • 1 credit Indigenous leadership through higher education course, a Native-based college readiness class that includes skill-building
  • 1 credit of the following: Art & Exhibition Preparation, Acting I, or Traditional Art and Ecology

Note: Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016 Summer Bridge Program. Please visit the page in January 2017 for next year’s program.

IAIA Summer Bridge Information

IAIA Summer Bridge Activities

  • Attendance at Cochiti Pueblo’s annual Feast Day on July 14
  • Field trips to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and other important Native American cultural resources, led by IAIA’s Museum Studies faculty
  • Rafting trip down the Rio Grande Rift Valley
  • Taos Pueblo on Powwow July 12
  • Film Nights including films at IAIA’s Digital Dome

Please note that students are expected to reside on-campus during the entire three weeks. Weekend checkouts are discouraged.


The IAIA Summer Bridge Program is intended for students that are interested in earning college credits and who have a high interest in exploring the arts.

  • Current full-time high school juniors or seniors
  • Minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5

A selection committee reviews all complete applications. Participants are selected on the basis of academic achievement, letter of recommendation and personal statement.

Application Requirements

  • Download and submit the 2016 IAIA Summer Bridge Application Packet
  • Applications are due April 30, 2016
  • Non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Copy of High School transcripts 2.5 minimum GPA (see your high school Registrar to obtain.)
  • One letter of recommendation, written by a teacher, supervisor or community leader who can make a recommendation based on merit
  • A one-page Statement of Interest answering the following question: How will the IAIA Summer Bridge program impact your college plans?

Program Fees

If a student is selected, there will be a $150 participation fee. The IAIA Summer Bridge program will cover the majority of expenses during the program. These include housing, daily meals, course material,s and transportation during program activities.

Note: Participants are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from IAIA. Students who travel to IAIA by plane, train or bus will be picked up at the airport, bus or train station by IAIA program staff.

Dual Credit Program

The Dual Credit Program at IAIA provides New Mexico high school students the opportunity to take college courses and earn both high school and college credit. High school students from any background are welcome to apply to be a dual credit student. Choose from a variety of dual credit courses available in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Museum Studies, Indigenous Studies, and New Media Arts.


A student must be:

  • Enrolled in a high school with a dual credit agreement with IAIA
  • Enrolled at least half-time at the high school currently enrolled
  • A high school junior or senior
  • Maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA or above
  • Approved for dual credit by a high school administrator or counselor
  • Approved for dual credit by parent/guardian


  1. Meet with your high school counselor and parent/guardian to find out if dual credit is right for you.
  2. With the help of your counselor, select the course that is the best fit for you.
  3. Complete and submit these forms to IAIA:
    1. High School Transcript
    2. New Mexico Dual Credit Request
    3. Take the Accuplacer placement test prior to registering for a course with a Math or English prerequisite or submit your ACT or SAT scores.
  4. Attend an IAIA Dual Credit Orientation session or speak directly with the Director of Admissions about your responsibilities as a dual credit student.

Current Dual Credit Partner Schools

The IAIA has established dual credit agreements with Bernalillo High School, Native American Community Academy, Santa Fe Indian School, Walatowa Charter School, Academy for Technology and the Classics, and New Mexico School for the Arts.

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