Fine arts program

Fine Arts

“I chose NHIA because I really loved the work I saw created by the students and the attitude of the faculty. The other thing I liked is that the staff and students are really involved in improving the city. They are not afraid to go out and make things happen, whether it’s in the streets or in the gallery. I feel like that is a unique NHIA experience." Daniel Espinoza, Fine Arts, Class of 2018

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, a broad education including liberal arts and sciences, and a partnership with UNH Manchester, 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


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