Online Art Schools in New Hampshire

New Hampshire may seem like an afterthought when taking a national perspective, but this small state holds a number of worthwhile online art education options that may fly under the radar to those thinking too broadly. The state takes art education very seriously and the 2008-09 survey by the New Hampshire Arts Education Data Project showed that “73 percent of high schools have a local policy that exceeds the state graduation requirement of one-half credit in the arts”. That commitment to the arts extends to some of the state’s post-secondary options too as the National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredited three branches of the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Unfortunately none of those branches offer online courses or degrees at this time, but that doesn’t mean that other institutions in the state haven’t picked up the slack. The University of New Hampshire has a stunning array of online arts-related courses to choose from including graphic design classes, language and arts classes, and writing classes. Plymouth State University offers a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies, and a number of online arts-related classes. Keene State offers online certificates in media and design and a slew of online arts courses as well.

National online and campus arts education providers are prevalent in New Hampshire as well. The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University offers digital arts degrees with a campus right across the border in Massachusetts, and American Intercontinental University, Stratford Career Institute and Virginia College are just a few of the online arts-related degree providers serving students from New Hampshire.

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Why take online art classes in New Hampshire?

The aforementioned commitment to the arts spills over into the professional sector as well as New Hampshire’s affinity for the arts has attracted a bustling creative community that plays a sizable role in the health and growth of the state economy. As of January 2012, the state had more than 4,500 arts-related businesses employing more than 13,000 people from Concord to Manchester. These employers may feel more comfortable working with a graduate of a local college they have experience with, which could give students who choose to stay in-state an upper hand in the job search.

Also, New Hampshire is a relatively rural state and many parts of the state are impoverished. Online art classes often offer a more affordable education and allow the prospective student to choose his/her school without having to worry about transportation issues or traditional class schedules, expanding every student’s possibility of getting the education that suits them best.

Online Education in New Hampshire Overview

New Hampshire has shown signs of adopting and supporting online education in the state but there is still work to do. The state does offer full-time enrollment in virtual schools and online individual classes to high school and middle school students, operates a virtual charter school, and has laws in place to hold digital learning providers accountable.

But according to the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now, the state has next to no funding and no infrastructure in place for digital learning, and lags behind in terms of quality online content and accountability. There are glimpses that New Hampshire is beginning to warm to the idea of online education, now it just needs to develop a more effective plan that includes accountability for the providers and quality options for the students.