NHIA Expands Partnership with UNH Manchester

Jennifer Robertson on 04.26.16

The New Hampshire Institute of Art and

the University of New Hampshire at Manchester Expand Innovative Partnership

Students at both colleges now able to enroll in classes on either campus

Manchester, NH (April 26, 2016) The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce an expanded academic partnership with University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester that will allow students from both colleges to take classes on either campus. This collaboration aligns the 118-year-old, private, non-profit art and design college with the Manchester branch of the state’s public liberal arts and sciences university to create a true Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) alliance.

One year ago, NHIA and UNH Manchester signed a memorandum of understanding identifying a wide array of shared interests and potential areas for collaboration stretching from the classroom to residence life.

The first phase of the partnership saw UNH Manchester students residing in NHIA residence halls and enrolling in a series of design courses offered at NHIA that complemented UNH Manchester’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts curriculum. In addition, students were encouraged to join in events and exhibitions at either school, a move that enriched the college experience for students at both campuses. The close proximity of the schools, less than a mile apart, made it easy for students to travel between campuses.

In the second phase of the partnership announced today, full-time students enrolled at either college can now avail themselves of a wide variety of courses offered on both campuses, thus bringing together the fine arts, design and creative writing skills that NHIA is known for with the strong business, science, technology, engineering and math courses offered by UNH Manchester.

"This partnership capitalizes on the academic strengths of UNH Manchester and NHIA, giving students at both institutions a broader, comprehensive learning experience,” said UNH Manchester Dean, Mike Decelle. "By fusing NHIA’s art and design focus with Manchester’s STEM and liberal arts programs, students gain a wider range of marketable skills that prepare them for a fulfilling career."

This is a move that not only provides a solid educational foundation for students but also contributes to the continued economic success of Manchester, NH, which is home to over 17,000 college students and has been named by Fast Company as one of the next “top 10 cities for tech jobs1” in America.

"This is a natural partnership that will lead to many more exciting interdisciplinary collaborations between our institutions and our faculty,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “It also offers students at either college unparalleled access to educational and career opportunities as we work together with UNH Manchester to develop new programs at the intersection of the fine arts, design, technology and engineering.”

In today’s increasingly cost-constrained higher education landscape, this innovative partnership allows both colleges to provide more robust educational opportunities without incurring additional cost; classes taken through this collaborative arrangement won’t cost students at either institution a penny more than what they’re already paying for tuition.

About the University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,300 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students. The University has campuses in Durham, Manchester, and Concord, NH. For more information visit www.unh.edu.