IAIA offers BFA and AFA degrees in Cinematic Arts & Technology. The degree programs were accredited in the Fall of 2013 by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Since then, the program has grown and currently averages 45-50 students per semester, graduating an average of 7 students per academic year. Alumni have gone on to work in the film and broadcast industry in New Mexico.
Alumni have also advanced to graduate school. NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts was so impressed by an alum that they offered her a full ride to their Graduate Film Program. Another alum was recently one of eight selected to the MFA program in Film and Television Production at San Diego State University.
IAIA’s film program features award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art resources. Instructor Kahlil Hudson, who teaches production classes, was the recipient of two 2019 Emmy Awards (in News and Documentary) for Cinematography and Editing. IAIA’s professional level equipment includes two RED cameras, four 6K Blackmagic cameras, and a Digital Dome facility.
The strength of the program is in its emphasis on meaningful storytelling, and is reflected in the quality of student work. For the three years the New Mexico Film Foundation has held its Student Filmmaker Showcase, IAIA students have won the top award for Narrative or Dramatic Filmmaking, beating out competition from film programs all over the state.
IAIA is open to Native and non-Native students. For more information, go to www.iaia.edu.