Photography program


“I wasn’t going to go to college until my friend told me about NHIA. His experience here changed my perception about what it meant to go to college. He talked about being surrounded by people who cared about what he cared about. I wanted that same experience.” Julian Noj, Photography, Class of 2020

The Photography department at NHIA is committed to prepare college students for successful careers in all fields of contemporary photography. From photojournalism, documentary, editorial or commercial endeavors, to DOP or fine art photography, we make sure you have all the required tools and knowledge to launch your career in the best possible way. Our faculty are committed photographers and artists who teach students from traditional darkroom and 19th century techniques through the most recent technologies in digital photography. 

Find inspiration in the Teti Library’s special collection of rare photographic books and prints or get your hands dirty interning at a photographic studio, magazine, or museum. Our faculty have over 150 years of cumulative experience in fine art, commercial, and photojournalistic photography, and tailor their teaching to meet each student’s individual needs. You’ll graduate ready to dive into a wide range of career possibilities.

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

Gallery director, director of photography, photo journalist, image specialist, documentary photographer, editorial photographer, lighting and equipment manager, location scouter, advertising and editorial photographer, digital re-toucher and processor, photo archivist and conservator, aerial photographer, visual stylist 

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


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The Teti Fellowship

The Teti Fellows program awards four to six fellowships annually to scholars, artists, writers and educators wishing to travel to the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s campus in Manchester, New Hampshire to make use of the John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection housed in the college’s Teti Library.

The John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection is one of the finest collections of photographic resources in the United States. The Collection, established in 2007 through a generous donation by Mr. John Teti, contains over 2,000 rare books, periodicals, prints and documents illustrating the history of photography, including Edward Steichen’s personal copies of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work.

For more about the Teti Fellowship, click here.

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