IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Museum Studies

The Museum Studies Program at IAIA is one of but a few undergraduate museum studies programs in the USA.

Museum Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, an Associate of Arts degree and a minor in Museum Studies.  It also offers a one-year certificate to those who wish to pursue careers in a museum or related institution.

The first two semesters of the program focus on a core curriculum of six essential courses designed to introduce students to all aspects of museum studies.  These range from the theoretical to the practical.   The advanced curriculum offers a number of 300- and 400-level Museum Studies courses, which provide students the opportunity to design programs to fit their needs and interests.

Students also have the opportunity for experiential learning by installing and curating exhibits in the on-campus Primitive Edge Gallery, whcih presents approximately eight exhibits annually.

Through an intensive internship program, students have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to actual museum application at some of the leading institutions of art in America.  These include:

  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe
  • School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe
  • IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
  • The National Museum of American Indian Art in Washington DC

Museum Studies go to the heart, mind and eye.  “Each culture defines for itself what is the ultimate form of self-expression…” Rick Hill, former Museum Director of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Creativity is Our Tradition, 1992.