Fine Arts Major at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts

Fine Arts






Our Fine Arts curriculum strikes a balance between technique, concepts and personal expression. You will begin by acquiring a foundation in skills within a broad range of artistic styles and mediums. 

You will learn formal and innovative approaches to drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture as you gain confidence in your own creative voice. An appreciation of historical and contemporary concepts are threaded through a sequentially developed curricula. In consort with personal and group critiques, you will develop an awareness of just what it is and just what it takes to be an artist. This will form the nucleus of your creative thinking for the rest of your life. The department boasts state of the art facilities and resources; the setting is intimate and places you on personal terms with a faculty of practicing professionals. Our proximity to Boston, New York and Montreal facilitates an exploration and engagement of broader artistic trends. Our passionate commitment is to see you leave NHIA with a fluent and creative flexibility, prepared to engage your future as both artist and citizen.

Each of our programs are flexible, career-focused and innovative. With more electives, a focus on professional practice and a broad education including liberal arts and sciences, NHIA provide artists, writers and designers the freedom to explore within and beyond their major, to think and make in innovative ways, and to be in tune with the professional demands of both current and future careers in art and design. This is education tailored to your goals!

Career Options

Art administrator, gallery owner, forensic sketch artist, muralist, art buyer, consultant, art director, art critic, curator, muralist, printmaker, exhibit display designer, art therapist, art historian, costumer designer, restorer, broker, appraiser, installation artist, director of public art

What else you need to know

  • We are the ONLY college in America offering BFA degrees that require all students to complete three semesters of professional practices, business marketing, and entrepreneurship studies for the arts.
  • Our partnership with UNH Manchester expands course offerings by double, without adding expense or time to complete your degree
  • We require nine credits of a professional practicum (paid or unpaid internships) in all disciplines
  • Every freshman gets a fully loaded Macbook laptop for no additional expense


Want to know what four years in a Fine Arts program at NHIA looks like? You got it.
Undergraduate Viewbook
Virtual Tour
Catalyst - An NHIA News Magazine
Ayris - Student Run Magazine


Do what you love with your degree


  • Fine Arts Careers

    Become a full time practicing artist engaging the gallery scene, receiving exhibition offers, grants and awards, both nationally and internationally.

  • Arts Administrator

    Facilitate the day-to-day operations of an arts-related organization, helping them achieve their mission.

  • Collaborative Printmaker

    Work on production printmaking for group or individual artistic projects.

  • Muralist

    Receive commissioned work for large and small residential and corporate opportunities, engaging in cross-fertilization with theater, opera design, and the film industry.

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