IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

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Your selection of a college is one of the most important decisions you will make, both for now and the future. It is a decision that should be made carefully with great planning and research.  The Institute of American Indian Arts seeks students from diverse tribal and cultural backgrounds in search of a superior art and educational experience.

The Institute welcomes all applicants and evaluates both Indian and non-Indian applicants by the same criteria. Admission is granted without regard to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, handicap, religion or tribal affiliation.


The Institute offers four degrees:

  • Associate Degree. Associate degrees are two-year degree programs and require the completion of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours
  • Bachelor Degree. Bachelor Degrees are four-year degree programs requiring the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. A four-year fine arts degree program requiring the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours
  • Masters in Fine Arts. A two-year fine arts degree program requiring the completion of a minimum of 48 semester hours and a creative thesis

Is IAIA Right For You?

There are two fundamental questions you should be asking that will serve you well in your decision making process.  Is IAIA right for you and equally as importantly, are you right for IAIA?

At IAIA, we seek students with the talent, abilities and aptitude to succeed in a motivating, exciting and highly creative atmosphere. Once accepted, you will join a campus body of students, staff and faculty who express educational excellence and enthusiasm for teaching and learning in equal measure. IAIA is dedicated to expanding the horizons and abilities of both our students and the arts in a never ending pursuit of education at the highest level.

Do you possess the skills, talents and, equally as importantly, the motivation and desire to accept the challenges and skill-building initiatives of a degreed art and educational program? Are you seeking to surround yourself with a highly eclectic and diverse student body led by a skilled, devoted and accomplished faculty? Do you wish to avail yourself of a facility rich in educational resources, on a well designed and appointed campus, set within one of the most physically attractive and artistically inspiring landscapes in the U.S.? If so, IAIA is right for you.

Since 1962, IAIA has graduated more than 3,800 students who have gone on to achieve exciting and rewarding careers in both the arts and beyond.

We invite you to become part of IAIA.  An institute and college that will forever be a vital part of you and what you will achieve.

IAIA seeks to attract and enroll highly motivated and talented students from diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences. IAIA believes in equality of educational opportunity and welcomes all applications for admission. Non-American Indian applicants are evaluated by the same criteria as American Indian, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations applicants. Admission is granted without regard to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, handicap or religion.

Talk to an Admission officer to answer your questions about the admissions process, student life or academics at admissions@iaia.edu or 505.424.2307.


General Information for Undergraduate Students

Applicability of Admissions Procedures

All degree-seeking students must comply with admissions procedures, including students who want to attend school part-time.

Application Due Dates

There are a few important dates to keep in mind:

Applications received after August 4 will be reviewed for the following spring semester.

Applications received after January 4 will be reviewed for the following fall semester. IAIA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.

Delayed Enrollment

It is possible to delay enrollment:

A student admitted to the College may delay enrollment for two semesters. After two semesters, the student must reapply for admission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements vary according to the credentials a student brings to IAIA and the status he or she wants. More information here.

General Information for Graduate Students

Please visit our graduate MFA page.