IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Independent Study

An independent study provides an opportunity for an upper level student to work individually in a self-designed study under the guidance and direction of a fulltime faculty member.

A student may not use more than three independent studies or a total of 9 credits toward the completion of a degree.

An independent study does not satisfy general education requirements.

“My independent studies in creative writing helped me to progress as a writer. The individual attention and feedback from the faculty was incredible!”

“As a student, I attended the Venice Biennial with faculty and staff from IAIA and it lifted my awareness of Indigenous art globally. This was central to my receiving a full scholarship at Cornell University to achieve my doctoral degree. Without IAIA this would never have happened.”

“I am hoping to spend the fall semester in Mexico documenting curanderismo/a as it is practiced by indigenous healers today. I have been given their permission to photograph and interview them. This is the most exciting educational opportunity I can imagine. Thank you, CLE and IAIA, for bringing the curanderos to campus!”

“The Creative Writing program sends students to conferences and workshops every summer. I got to go to Naropa and it was the first time I saw myself as a professional writer with an important voice. I truly felt valued.”

“IAIA was my stepping stone to the world. I come from a very rural reservation and at first Santa Fe was a big city to me. Now I’ve received my MFA from Brown University and I returned home to teach at Dine College. This would not have happened without the unique learning opportunities and the support I had at IAIA.”