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Maryland Institute College of Art

Put Your Creativity to Work
For nearly 200 years, top ranked Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has assembled some of the most talented students and faculty from across the nation and around the world in a creatively energized, intellectually stimulating, learning environment. MICA’s programs balance challenging studio practice with rigorous liberal arts coursework and are marked by a commitment to developing creative vision, innovation, leadership, and social responsibility. MICA’s programs of study have been designed to prepare students for contemporary approaches to art-making and thinking through a wide choice of courses and interdisciplinary options. MICA students can uniquely customize their studies in support of creative exploration and career goals by combining a major area of study with a studio concentration and liberal arts minor. Programs of study can be further individualized through the addition of internships, professional project-based research, study abroad, and community-based social engagement. A professionally active faculty – including artists who are pushing the limits of both traditional and emerging media – offer a full range of curricular options for the contemporary artist, designer, filmmaker, or art educator. Professional development is embedded in each program of study and is supplemented by the highly successful services of MICA’s Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, which specializes in preparing students for art and art-related careers.
  • The Brown Center
    The Brown Center and Main Building mirror MICA’s institutional values of honoring both tradition and innovation.
  • MICA Gateway Building
    MICA’s beautiful urban campus includes 30 buildings of studio/classroom spaces, including 4 housing complexes offering apartment-style living designed especially for artists and designers.
  • The Mount Royal Station Building
    The Mount Royal Station Building, formerly the B&O Train Station, is just one example of creatively re-purposed buildings that comprise the MICA campus.
  • MICA Main Building
    Classical sculpture in the Court of the Main Building can provide inspiration for contemporary approaches to painting.
  • MICA art exhibit
    Students gather at the opening exhibition of high tech/ high touch art at the Brown Center.
  • MICA
    Expansive studio spaces that mimic the working spaces of professional artists and designers are a hallmark of MICA’s incredible facilities.
  • The Brown Center
  • MICA Gateway Building
  • The Mount Royal Station Building
  • MICA Main Building
  • MICA art exhibit
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  • Jeremy Doan
    "I was fortunate enough to be on a team that really understood the idea of a student internship and allowed me to be involved with projects."
    Jeremy Doan
    Under Armour
    Maryland Institute College of Art
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  • Chloe Helton-Gallagher
    "The creative community in Baltimore has tenacity; it is a place where I am happy and stimulated."
    Chloe Helton-Gallagher
    Curatorial Practice
    Maryland Institute College of Art
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  • Quick Facts


    MICA’s 1,800 students come from 48 states and 53 foreign countries and connect with the nation and the world through 40 study abroad programs and 34 domestic mobility programs.


    Urban environments uniquely offer opportunities for jobs, internships, community-based and industry-based learning experiences in art and design, as well as a rich array of visual and performing arts and culture venues – all of which MICA students want in a city.

    Private University

    MICA is an independent, non-profit college with the single purpose of educating artists, designers, illustrators, animators, filmmakers, architects, art educators, art historians, and business leaders in the arts. At MICA, the artist is the rule, not the exception.

    Freshman Class Profile

    3.57 (unweighted) GPA

    Student to Faculty ratio



    MICA is ranked in the top 10 MFA programs in the visual arts: 3rd in Graphic Design; 5th in Painting/Drawing by U.S. News and World Report.  In each of the last seven years, MICA has been listed as a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars among specialty schools by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


    Total Enrollment: 1,870
    Undergraduate: 1,309
    Graduate: 561


    Women: 72%
    Men: 28%

    In-State vs. Out of State

    In-State: 20%
    Out of State: 80%

    Internship Placements

    68% of graduating students have had one or more internships during their time at MICA.

    Career Success

    89% of undergraduate alumni from the graduating class of 2013 reported they were employed.
    Another 6% reported they were enrolled in graduate school

    Domestic vs. International

    Domestic: 82%
    International: 18%
  • Academics

    MICA’s academic program is expansive, rigorous, and flexible – supporting each student’s career goals while encouraging students to explore unexpected avenues in the pursuit of their creative vision.  Curricular offerings in the undergraduate and graduate programs range from illustration to information visualization, from curatorial studies to community arts, from fine arts to filmmaking, from drawing to design, and from art history to animation.  The innovative curriculum combines intensive studio and rigorous liberal arts coursework with professional and real-world experiences relevant to artists and designers.  Degrees offered include the BFA, MFA, MA, MAT, MPS, and MBA/MA.

    Degree Programs

    22 Bachelors, 17 Masters, 2 Certificates

    Featured Programs

    Architectural Design (BFA)

    Design Leadership (MBA/MA jointly offered by MICA and the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University)

    The Business of Art and Design (Online MPS)

    Information Visualization (Online MPS)

    Filmmaking (MFA)

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  • Contact Information


1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
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