The Academic Component involves faculty and students in coursework that combines indigenous theory with design studio-based education. All coursework taken with iD+Pi applies toward student's respective degree program at UNM and/or other universities. Indigenous Town (iTown) Studios and seminar courses are offered year-around. All classes that are supported and sponsored by iD+Pi allow students to travel and work on site with the indigenous/tribal communities. Visiting scholars, distinguished lectureship and student exchange programs are being planned and will expand the learning opportunities of the program. Its long-term goal is two-fold: to establish an doctoral program in Indigenous Planning and Design, and to offer an online Tribal Planning certificate program.