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NEC Restructures and Reinvigorates Manchester Campus

The Institute of Art and Design (IAD) at New England College formed in 2019 when the College merged with the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Since the merger, New England College has been busy improving the IAD campus in Manchester so that it can better serve art and design students. IAD now offers additional majors—3D Studies, Animation, and Game and Digital Media Design—new renowned faculty, and a reinvigorated campus that maximizes spaces for students to create, learn and gather.

These student-focused spaces include a new photography lab and studio in Rogers Williams Hall and the relocated and redesigned John Teti Library with gathering space in French Hall.

The new photography lab was custom designed to accommodate critique space, the best digital equipment and a state-of-the-art darkroom. These features provide students with one of the best photography programs in the region.

Teti Library’s new home includes an adjacent student gathering space. Students can do research, study or gather between classes, thanks to open access between the library and gathering space, comfortable seating and full technology access.

The new photography lab, library and gathering space were completed in time for the fall 2020 semester. While these facilities are not yet open to the public due to COVID-19, IAD will begin public exhibitions in Williams Hall and French Hall when it is safe to do so.

Additional plans for the Manchester campus include visiting artist in animation Christopher Ottinger, an MFA graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and graphic designer and photographer Thomas Wedell, who will join IAD’s professional practice team.