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Maryland Institute College of Art

Address: 1300 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, United States

Description Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Year of foundation: 1826;
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA;
  • Students age: from 18 years;
  • Number of students: 2128 people;
  • Language of instruction: English;
  • Type of study: private art school.

Maryland Institute College of Art is a leading nationally recognized private art school, a leader in art and design education. MICA is consciously nurturing a new generation of artists who are able to seamlessly integrate innovation, entrepreneurship and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design and media.

As an anchor institution in Baltimore and a leading art school renowned for its community engagement, MICA ponders and takes bold steps to support the city's creative ecosystem, empowering entrepreneurial practices that are not tied to transdisciplinary creations and expandable by increasing interaction with others from art sectors. Baltimore is a great starting point for internships, jobs, and freelance job opportunities. MICA has partnered with Johns Hopkins University, local corporations like Under Armor, and art museums that provide exciting real-world opportunities for students and recent alumni.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Maryland Institute College of Art

Program name

List of  educational directions:

  • Animation;
  • Architectural Design;
  • Art Education 5-Year (BFA / MAT);
  • Art History, Theory, and Criticism;
  • Ceramics;
  • Drawing;
  • Fiber;
  • Film & Video;
  • Game Design;
  • General Fine Arts;
  • Graphic Design;
  • Illustration;
  • Interactive Arts;
  • Interdisciplinary Sculpture;
  • Painting;
  • Photography;
  • Printmaking;
  • Product Design;
  • Studio and Humanistic Studies.

List of educational directions:

  • Art Education (Online / Low Residency MA);
  • Graphic Design;
  • Illustration;
  • Social Design;
  • Teaching (MAT);
  • Community Arts;
  • Curatorial Practice;
  • Filmmaking;
  • Graphic Design;
  • Illustration Practice;
  • LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting;
  • Photographic & Electronic Media;
  • Rinehart School of Sculpture;
  • Studio Art (Summer Low Residency MFA);
  • Critical Studies;
  • Curatorial Practice;
  • Design Leadership;
  • Business of Art & Design;
  • Data Analytics and Visualization;
  • Product Management;
  • UX Design.

Accommodation, housing and food

The MICA campus is designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity by providing equipment and support facilities.

List of residences:

  • The Gateway Dorm marks the entrance to the MICA campus, nearby Station North arts and entertainment district. In addition to the dorm, Gateway also includes studio facilities, student galleries, BBOX, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Career Development Center. Gateway is home to 215 high school students in 65 apartments. All apartments are three- or four-room, with kitchen, living room and bathroom, private bedrooms.
  • Meyerhoff House, one of MICA's historic reenactments in Bolton Hill, offers an ultra-modern living space designed for mature and independent art students. Meyerhoff House is not only a hostel, but also a vibrant student center with a dining area, student life programs and lounges, a student activities office and an additional Residence Life office.
  • MICA owns several buildings on Mount Royal Avenue called the Royal Apartments. In addition to access to all the benefits of Gateway life, such as laundry and studios, Royal Apartments offers a slightly more independent living environment for graduates.
  • Founders Green is specifically designed with the needs of newcomer students to MICA in mind, with centrally located green spaces and common areas that make it the perfect place to meet new people and connect with classmates. Founders Green is a place where students form friendships that last for life.

Events Maryland Institute College of Art

Every year MICA holds about 100 exhibitions, students have many opportunities to show their work, starting from the first year of study. Curatorial exhibitions of foreign artists are held in three large gallery spaces on the campus, and the work of teachers and students is exhibited.

Studying at MICA is all about networking — on campus, in Baltimore, and around the world. It is about interacting with people from different walks of life and with different views on art and design, about how personal life and vision can affect the community, change the world.

List of MICA events:

  • Annual charity fashion show;
  • Art market;
  • ArtWalk;
  • Constitution day;
  • Experimental fashion show;
  • International Klotz Program for Artists;
  • Making a movie in Baltimore;
  • Mixed Media Speaker Series;
  • MICA Grad Show;
  • Orientation
  • MICA Weekend;
  • Competitors The West Theater Productions;
  • Steinmetz's lectures;
  • UP / Start Venture Competition;
  • Scholarship exhibition.


  • MICA is the oldest art and design college in the country. Located in Baltimore, it has strong ties to the local community, contributes significantly to the region's creative economy and is a leading producer of nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and designers.
  • MICA redefines the role of artists and designers as creative, solution-oriented personalities and thinkers who contribute to social, cultural and economic development.
  • The institute invites all students to take a one-year First Year Experience course - students receive basic experience, and only then choose a specialty. In addition to the main specialty, students can choose a studio course or an auxiliary program of the humanities.

Equipment Maryland Institute College of Art

MICA provides students with all materials, facilities and tools for design and manufacture. There are numerous shops on the campus, from selling wood products to branded stores Digital Fabrication Studio and Green Screen Room. At Digital Fabrication Studio (or dFab), students have access to the most exciting technologies - from laser cutters to 3D printers, 3D scanners, computer-controlled milling machines and more.

The Bunting Center houses the Decker Library and Pinkard Gallery, MICA Post and Printing Center on the ground floor; The Banting Center classrooms on the third and fourth floors are dedicated to the humanities. The second floor houses the International Affairs cafe, Java Corner.

The main galleries are the Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries at the Fox Building, the Pinkard Gallery at the Bunting Center. Additional galleries in Bunting, Fox, Maine, Meyerhoff House, Gateway and Brown Center are dedicated to student work, as well as numerous informal exhibition spaces throughout the campus. Students regularly create installations in public places.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Some services  are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Application fee;
  • One-time fee (orientation fee);
  • Student life fee (required);
  • Technology fee (required);
  • Fall / Spring / Summer Health Insurance Fee (chargeback will be charged with proof of personal coverage and firm waiver);
  • Deposit (required for all incoming students);
  • Deposit for admission to the undergraduate program (non-refundable, deducted from the tuition fee);
  • Housing deposit;
  • Transcripts (official electronic);
  • Transcripts (official printed).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • Applicants must provide official diplomas and transcripts of all educational institutions they have attended. If students are attending school in another country, transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator.
  • Portfolio - A selection of recent works that represent artistic interests, showcase technical skills and abilities, examples of works of art that reflect the full range of ideas, interests, experiences and abilities in art. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 art pieces.
  • Language requirements: minimum TOEFL score - 75, IELTS - 6.0, PTE - 58, Duolingo - 105.
  • Students submit an essay (minimum 250 words).
  • Recommendations from teachers, college consultants or other professionals who can comment on the creative work and academic experience of applicants (at least one letter of recommendation).

Scholarships Maryland Institute College of Art

Each year, about 95% of full-time students receive financial assistance through various programs. The college annually provides over $ 60 million in financial aid to students from all sources. MICA-funded scholarships and grants alone are worth over $ 31 million.

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