New England Institute of Art

New England Institute of Art
The New England Institute of Art
Established 1952
Type Private for-profit
President David G. Warren
Academic staff 191
Students 1,483
Location United States Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Former names Norm Prescott School of Broadcasting; The Northeast Broadcasting School; Massachusetts Communications College; The New England Institute of Art & Communications
Affiliations The Art Institutes

The New England Institute of Art (NEiA) is a for-profit applied arts college that offers year-round education, located in Brookline, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1952 as the Norm Prescott School of Broadcasting and is now one of the 45 Art Institutes in North America. The school offers ten majors in art fields taught by professionals of those industries. Currently the school offers nine Bachelor of Science degrees and three Associate in Science. The school is accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges.



Founded in 1952, the New England Institute of Art was originally called the Norm Prescott School of Broadcasting. In 1962, the school was sold to Victor Best and renamed The Northeast Broadcasting School. Northeast Company Inc. bought the school in 1988; at this time the curriculum was only a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Not until July 1991 did the school offer a second diploma in Recording Arts.

By September 1995 the school was granted the authority to offer Associates of Science degrees in Broadcasting and Recording Arts. 1997 brought yet another change of the name to Massachusetts Communications College. During 1998 three more Associates degrees became available: Communications Studies, Multimedia Communications, and Internet Communications.

In 1999 the school became part of the Art Institutes chain. An Associates degree in Graphic Design became available in June 2000, and in 2001 the school changed its name once again to The New England Institute of Art and Communications. In December 2001, the school started awarding Bachelors of Science degrees. The Center of Professional Development opened during 2002, allowing the school to award certificates. The Board of Trustees approves one more name change in May 2003: The New England Institute of Art. This name is chosen for it is felt this name better fits with the degrees offered. Today the school is accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges through the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.[1]

Mission statement

"The New England Institute of Art builds the foundation for students to become working professionals and thoughtful, engaged citizens using a market-driven educational approach. Through a skills-based curriculum complemented by a strong liberal arts core, students focus on career objectives as they prepare to become future leaders in the ever-growing creative economy."[2]


Degrees offered

Bachelor’s of Science

Associate’s of Science

Certificate Programs

Student life


NEIA offers two options for student-sponsored housing. One is an apartment-style living at Nora’s House apartments on Commonwealth Ave and the other is dorm rooms at Pine Manor College. Students are given T passes with the housing plans.[4] Only 21% of students live in campus-sponsored housing and freshmen are not required to stay in the dorms.[5]

Nora’s House

At Nora’s House students can choose to share a studio apartment with one other student or a three-bedroom apartment for six people. Sometimes a three-bedroom has one room tripled for a total of seven students. Nora’s House includes a workout room that is open 24 hours, but no student-sponsored parking is available. Students can choose to get a grocery plan through NEIA that costs $1,000 a semester. A Shaw’s card is given bi-weekly ($120) to each student.

Pine Manor College

If students are interested in dormitory living, there is the option of staying at Pine Manor College in West Village, a 60-acre (240,000 m2) wooded campus in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts. Double and single dorm rooms are offered. Each student is given a mailbox and a traditional meal plan of 19, 14, or 10 meals a week.[4]

Clubs & organizations

Many clubs are offered at NEIA from clubs to do with certain majors such as the Ad Club to clubs needing talents from multiple majors, such as Naked Ear Records.


  • Ad Club
  • Big Picture Collaborative
  • The College Ambassadors
  • The Chainring Secession: Bike Club
  • Campus Activities People
  • Gallery Club
  • Naked Eye Video
  • Outreach Club
  • Photo Outreach Club
  • Web Raisers
  • Fashion NOCS - Networking Opportunities Creating Success



The Naked Truth is a literary magazine that is published twice a year including student and faculty work. Works includes poetry, stories, cartoons, and music reviews.

Record label

Naked Ear Records is a student-run record label that has been releasing single and multiple artists records since 1996. The club is supervised by the audio department staff and department chair. All students working on the label can be involved in marketing, sales, promotion, or production.

Radio station

NEiA Live ( is the college-run radio station. Len Mailloux, a NEIA faculty member, came up with the idea and all positions from programming to news or band relations are held by students.[6]

Notable alumni

  • Izzy Maxwell - Composer/Sound Designer for Harmonix Music System
  • Michael Lapierre - Was the live sound engineer for Death Cab for Cutie and The Dropkick Murphys
  • Ramiro Torres - Jam'n 94.5 DJ also known as "The Freakin' Puerto Rican"
  • Lynn Hoffman - Broadcaster; Host of the A&E TV show Private Sessions[7]
  • Rene Cloukey - Assistant News Director and Sports Director at WAGM-TV[8]

Notable faculty

  • Hugo Burnham - General Education Faculty
  • Jason Donati - Department Chair, Media Arts & Animation, Web Design & Interactive Media


  1. ^ History. Retrieved 11-18-2009
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved 11-18-2009
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  5. ^ [4]. Retrieved 12-02-2009
  6. ^ [5]. Retrieved 11-18-2009
  7. ^ [6]. Retrieved 11-21-2009
  8. ^ [7] Bangor Daily News - Jun 19, 1975

External links

Coordinates: 42°19′54.38″N 71°07′00.24″W / 42.3317722°N 71.1167333°W / 42.3317722; -71.1167333

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