Institute Of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts (congressionally chartered as the Institute of American Indian & Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development) was established by Executive Order under President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and opened in August of that same year on the campus of the Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Under the directorship of its co-creators, Dr. George Boyce and Lloyd Kiva New, Cherokee, the Institute embodied a bold and innovative approach to arts education, and has since played a leadership role in contemporary Indian art education.

The Institute offers four-year degrees in Studio Arts, Visual Communication, Creative Writing and Museum Studies, and is singularly qualified to offer students an environment and foundation from which they can create new forms of artistic expression and accomplishment. Our unique learning environment promotes Indian leadership and an atmosphere that allows students to explore their cultural and artistic heritage. It is a place where the spirit and vision of American Indian and Alaska Native people is the first priority. It is a place where traditions are rediscovere... [ Read All ]

Santa Fe

United States

83 A Van Nu Po Road
New Mexico
Phone: 505.424.2332
Fax: 505.424.4500

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Our Aims

"The IAIA is a multi-tribal center of higher education dedicated to the preservation, study, creative application, and contemporary expression of American Indian and Alaska Native arts and cultures."

Location and Getting there

On I-25, take Exit 278 (Cerrillos Road).
Follow signs South to Madrid. Take
2nd left which is Rancho Viejo Blvd.
(Road winds and curves for approximately
2 miles.) At the first 4-way stop, turn right
onto Avenida del Sur and follow the signs
to the campus.

On I-25, take Exit 278A (NM 14 to
Madrid). Take 3rd left onto Rancho Viejo
Blvd. (Road winds and curves for
approximately 2 miles.) At first 4-way
stop, turn right onto Avenida del Sur and
follow signs to campus.  

Academic Staff and Description  

News and Events

For more information regarding programs and/or events happening at IAIA, please contact the Department of Communications at 505.424.2351.  

Information For  Undergraduates

Currently IAIA offers the Associate and Baccalaureate degrees in four areas. We are in the development of a four year Business of Arts Degree, four year Cultural Studies Degree and many other plans in development.

The Institute of American Indian Arts offers the following degrees:

Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees in:
Museum Studies
Studio Arts

Associate of Arts (AA) degree in:
Creative Writing
Native American Studies

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in:
New Media Arts

All Associate degrees are two-year degree programs and require the completion of a minimum of 63 semester credits.

The Institute of American Indian Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in:

Creative Writing
Studio Arts
New Media Arts

and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in:

Indigenous Liberal Studies

Museum Studies

All Bachelors degrees are four-year degree programs requiring admission into the Bachelors program after completion of an Associate degree and require the completion of a minimum of 121 semester credits.  

Information For  International Students

In compliance with U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations governing
non-immigrant students who are not United States citizens, the Admissions Office
requires that the following materials be submitted in addition to the customary
application for admission as a degree candidate.

1. Official certified transcripts from secondary schools and colleges attended. Transfer credits will be considered for acceptance toward an Institute degree only when it was earned at an accredited post-secondary institution (or a foreign institution recognized by its government) and a grade of A, B, C or Pass was earned. These courses must also be judged to be consistent with the Institute's standards and requirements.

2. Evidence of satisfactory results on the Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. The minimum acceptable score is 500. The Institute's TOEFL code number is 9848.

3. A certified bank account showing ability to meet all financial responsibilities while in the United States.

International students are required to demonstrate medical insurance coverage during the registration period.

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Student Facilities


IAIA has a new campus of its own! Our new campus has some of the finest art studios and state of the arts living spaces.

IAIA is situated on 140 acres just outside of Santa Fe and has a panoramic view of the Mountain region. You can observe nature at its fullest moving cross the four directions. The new campus has given the Institute a strong and proud community.

Student Support

The Center for Student Life provides comprehensive support services to enhance the student’s educational experience and foster their academic, social, personal and cultural growth. The Center provides an atmosphere that is conducive to student learning, creativity and the respect of diversity. Student Life accomplishes its mission through its predominantly American Indian staff who provides a wide range of services in counseling, student housing, activities and recreation, student transportation, health and wellness, career and job placement, student leadership development, student clubs and organizations, new student orientation, and student discipline.  

Student Life

The Student Activities office sponsors activities and events that will complements the Institutes’ academic program through development, exposure, and participation in social, cultural, artistic, and recreational group leadership. The Student Activities office invites students to stop in and get in involved in campus activities.

Off-campus field trips are taken to national parks, local native communities, Bandelier National Monument, pow wows, such as, the annual Denver March Pow-wow, Cherokee National Holidays, and many others. The activities program has hosted on campus, events like the Hopi night dances and Apache puberty rites ceremonies. Outdoor trips are offered, such as, hiking, camping and fun in the mountain snow. Cultural workshops in beadwork, pottery, basketry and Native lacrosse are also sponsored.  


We have waited many years to have a place to call our own and now we have a new campus with new housing accommodations. Living on campus puts students right in the middle of everything IAIA has to offer, like being close to the classrooms, studios, learning resources, the library and computer labs. Nothing can compare with living and studying on campus with al the diversity of many different tribes and nations. The housing staff strives to give students a convenient, comfortable and safe place to live during their stay.  

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

Call 1.800.804.6422 or 505.424.2332.

E-mail the enrollment office:  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)