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Maryland Institute College of Art

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About Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) was established in 1826 as the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. The college is a private art and design college located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. MICA is one of the first and oldest art colleges in the United States. MICA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

MICA offers pre-college programs, post-baccalaureate programs, continuing studies, Bachelor programs, Master programs, and weekend young people's studio art classes. The college offers 14 studio majors, two liberal arts majors, 13 studio concentrations, six liberal arts minors, as well as a range of dual degree and 5th year capstone master programs, allowing students to customize a program of study specifically geared to their interests and long-term plans.

Campus information

MICA's campus features several state-of-the-arts facilities and buildings:

  • The Main Building - houses undergraduate photography department, foundation department, painting and drawing studios, two departmental galleries, undergraduate admissions and the President's Office
  • Mount Royal Station - houses the undergraduate departments of fiber and interdisciplinary sculpture, the Rinehart School of Sculpture, 3-D classrooms, and the senior studios.
  • Dolphin Building - houses Printmaking department and Book Arts and Printmaking concentrations
  • Bunting Center - houses Liberal Arts departments (literature, culture, art history and language), academic advising and the registrar, Java Corner (dining area), Decker Library (features collection of artists' books)
  • Firehouse - houses operations and facilities management department
  • Fox Building - houses Center for Art Education, Meyerhoff Gallery, Division of Continuing Studies, the nature library, the woodshop, as well as the Ceramics, Illustration, Environmental Design, GFA, Drawing and Painting departments.
  • Bank Building (Studio Center) - houses the post-baccalaureate certificate program, the Graduate Photographic and Electronic Media program, Hoffberger School of Painting, The Mount Royal School of Art, and Senior student studios.
  • Brown Center - houses digital art and design programs, and the 525-seat Falvey Hall, also hosting events like the Maryland Film Festival.
  • The Art Tech Center
  • The Jewelry Center
  • Maryland Institute College of Art shop
  • Student Housings

MICA's campus is about 1.5 miles from downtown Baltimore. Baltimore is located at the heart of the United States' east coast art corridor, offering tremendous art resources-including the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Public transportation are available: The Baltimore Light Rail stops on the campus, and subway service is just a few blocks away, as is Amtrak service at Pennsylvannia Station. Also, MICA shuttles and the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle offer students free service to shopping and social activites. It is only 20 minutes drive to reach the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).


Courses available 10

Architecture, Building 1 Creative Arts & Design 9 Mass Communication & Media 1


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