Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA)

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded in 1826, is among the top visual arts undergraduate and graduate programs in the nation. In addition to its academic standing, MICA is recognized throughout the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., region as a cultural resource, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs, including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well as artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.


United States

1300 Mount Royal Avenue
Phone: 410.669.9200
Fax: 410.225.2337

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Our Aims

MICA's curriculum, student services, public programs, auxillary services — every area of our day-to-day operations and long-term planning are guided by a student-centered philosophy and a comprehensive and regularly revisited strategic plan, The Plan for the 21st Century. The Plan's purpose is to ensure the College fulfills its mission while evolving to provide educational programs to prepare artists and designers for the challenges and opportunities of careers in the 21st century  

Location and Getting there

Driving Directions to MICA


Take Interstate 95 south to exit 64B
Bear right onto Interstate 695 west, Towson.
(Do not bear left to Baltimore via I-95)
Continue on 695 west to Exit 23,
Interstate 83 south, Baltimore.
Take I-83 to exit 6, North Avenue/Mount Royal Avenue. (Exit ramp becomes Mount Royal Avenue.)
Stay in right lane of exit ramp,
cross North Avenue at light,
continue to 1300 Mount Royal.
The Main Building is a large white marble building on your right.


Approach Baltimore on Interstate 95 north
Follow Baltimore Downtown signs to exit for 395. Do not take tunnel exit.
Take 395 north and follow for about one-half mile to Inner Harbor/Conway Street exit.
Bear right onto Conway Street to Charles Street.
Turn left on Charles Street and go about two miles to Mount Royal Avenue.
Turn left on Mount Royal Avenue and proceed to the Main Building, a large white marble building on your left.


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Department and information about the department

MICA’s curriculum offers a unique balance of tradition and innovation—encouraging students to build meaningful bridges among disciplines and approaches to art. Each program of study offers a solid foundation in fine arts and design, as well as challenging liberal arts coursework. Undergraduate studio majors are available in art history, theory & criticism; ceramics; drawing; environmental design; experimental animation; fiber; general fine arts; interdisciplinary sculpture; graphic design; illustration; interactive media; painting; photography; printmaking; and video. Undergraduate concentrations are offered in animation, book arts, environmental design, experimental fashion, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, photography, printmaking, and video; liberal arts minors in art history, creative writing, critical theory, culture & politics, gender studies, and literary studies.

Through internationally recognized graduate programs, artists from around the world pursue the master of fine arts in MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting (M.F.A.), Mount Royal School of Art (M.F.A.), Rinehar...  [ Read All ]

Degree Shows
  • Juried Master's Exhibition (11-05-2007)

  • Commencement Exhibition (11-05-2007)

  • Graphic Design MFA Thesis Exhibition (27-04-2007)

  • First-Year Graphic Design MFA Exhibition (27-04-2007)

  • MA Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition (27-04-2007)

  • MFA Thesis III Exhibition (13-04-2007)

  • MFA Thesis II Exhibition (30-03-2007)

  • MFA Thesis I Exhibition (16-03-2007)

  • First-Year MFA Exhibitions (16-03-2007)

  • Academic Staff and Description

    MICA has a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. MICA’s faculty is comprised of 291 professional artists, designers, art historians, poets and writers, and more than 175 visiting artists, critics, designers, poets, writers, and art historians from across the United States and around the world. Faculty are represented in more than 250 public and private collections from the New York Museum of Modern Art to Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art; they have won every national prize in the fine arts: Fulbright, Guggenheim, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Prix de Rome, Anonymous Was a Woman, National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Grant;” they exhibit in national, regional, and international museums and galleries. Faculty have won design awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and been recognized by the National Art Education Association and the International Society for Education through Art.

    To view faculty bios, visit  

    News and Events

    MICA is a cultural resource sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs, including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well as artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Most other events at MICA are free and open to the public.  

    Information For  Undergraduates

    MICA attracts some of the most talented, passionate and serious individuals in the world as faculty and students. The College is a universe of artists, designers, and scholars who celebrate the creative process, the majesty of the arts, and the mind-expanding pursuit of knowledge. To maintain this community of artists, admission to Maryland Institute College of Art is highly competitive. In selecting from among the many outstanding applications we receive for a limited number of spaces, MICA's Admission Committee considers a comprehensive set of factors. Central to our evaluations are the artistic and academic qualifications of our candidates, but we also consider extracurricular activities and achievements, art experience beyond classroom instruction, and personal qualities.


    Information For  Postgraduates

    The graduate programs at MICA offer a unique and concentrated experience for highly motivated students who come here to develop a strongly realized personal vision and voice in their work. Our MFA, MA, and MAT students seek to develop themselves as artists and teachers of art who are intellectually informed and articulate in the languages of art, history, and aesthetics; who are ready to motivate others; and who are themselves equipped with strong studio skills and artistic vision.  

    Information For  International Students

    An institution like MICA offers a curriculum that combines a solid foundation in knowledge in your field with hands-on experiences that allow you to build problem-solving and professional skills.

    Why do international students choose MICA? They tell us that their decision is driven by an awareness of the exceptional professional-level education that MICA provides in art and design. Recognized as one of the nation's leading colleges of art and design, Maryland Institute College of Art is the oldest, fully accredited, continuously degree-granting college of art in the United States. MICA attracts students from around the world with a long-held reputation built upon the excellence of our faculty, the quality of our students, and the accomplishments of our alumni. You will find current statistics about our student body, faculty, and alumni on the About MICA page.

    Other factors that lead international students to choose MICA include:

    Access to MICA's outstanding facilities, equipment, and technology.

    The opportunity to focus on a single discipline or artistic medium, or to combine a...  [ Read All ]


    MICA’s approximately 10,000 alumni living in 58 countries have won international awards, attended prestigious graduate programs, exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, and are represented in public and private collections across the globe. Eighty-six percent of B.F.A. graduates who take jobs immediately after graduation are working in art related fields; 23% of MICA B.F.A. graduates pursue graduate study immediately after graduation. They are leaders of major arts and nonprofit organizations. They are successful entrepreneurs in a wide array of art-related fields. A small sampling of internationally recognized alumni include Donald Baechler, Willie Birch, Betty Cooke, Lesley Dill, Jason Dodge, Dorothy Gillespie, Edwin A. Gold, Doug Hall, Ethel Kessler, Jeff Koons, Mary Miss, Kate O’Connor, Nancy Rubins, Jan Staller, and Joyce Scott.

    In the past eight years, 14 MICA graduates have received Fulbright awards for study abroad and five students have earned the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship for graduate study. Since 2003, two alumni have received the prestigious national Jack K...  [ Read All ]

    Student Facilities

    MICA has received accolades for its creative re-use of existing buildings and for new construction sensitive to the historic character of its neighborhood. Two buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Renaissance Revival marble Main Building, constructed in 1907; and the Mount Royal Station, a former B&O passenger train station erected in 1896 and renovated to academic use in 1966. Other buildings include a former shoe factory, converted in 1980, and a former office building, the renovation of which earned AIA Baltimore’s Grand Design Award in 1998.

    In 2002, MICA renovated the former Hospital for the Women of Maryland into a new student life and residence center, named in honor of philanthropists and internationally renowned collectors of contemporary art Robert and Jane Meyerhoff. MICA purchased and renovated an historic, Baltimore City Firehouse in 2003, which houses MICA’s operations department. Brown Center, an innovative facility for the study of digital visual arts whose design received wide acclaim, was the College’s first newly constructed academic buil...  [ Read All ]

    Student Support

    MICA’s Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development lists thousands of internship and job opportunities for artists and designers. A variety of professional development programs prepare MICA students for success in a marketplace in which artists are actively sought by companies and institutions in many industries. For more information, visit  

    Student Life

    Student Affairs

    The MICA Office of Student Affairs provides supervision and coordination for the departments of Residence Life, Student Activities, Multi-ethnic and International Students Programs, the Counseling Center, Career Development, and Community Arts Partnerships. The office also offers individual support to students to assist them in succeeding within an art college environment, including consultation on medical and personal issues affecting academic performance. Students find that Student Affairs is a helpful place to ask general questions and determine what type of assistance might be available to them. The Office of Student Affairs also coordinates the resolution of student judicial cases.  


    MICA's Office of Residence Life & Off-Campus Housing understands the importance of community to a developing young fine artist, and we strive to provide the best possible resources regarding housing and accommodations to each member of the MICA community. Whether you are part of one of our on-campus facilities or living in one of our surrounding vibrant off-campus neighborhoods, we are here to help make your housing experience as positive as possible. We know that your housing choices are some of the most important decisions of your college experience, and furthermore we expect that your community be a place where discussions can continue beyond the studio or classroom. Our goal is to provide students the best housing program possible specializing in the education of fine artists.

    While the on-campus housing program is geared toward the needs of undergraduate students, a limited number of graduate campus apartments are available, and the Office provides support for graduate students seeking off-campus housing.

    Living On-Campus:

    The Commons

    Specifically designed with the needs of f...  [ Read All ]

    How To Apply

    Admission application procedures and deadlines vary according to your status as an entering student.

    To download undergraduate and graduate admissions and financial aid forms, visit  

    Visit us (open days)

    Each fall and spring, MICA sets aside specific days for campus visits and tours. General information sessions will answer your questions about application procedures, financial aid and competitive scholarships, programs of study, and student life. Campus tours of studios, classrooms, residential housing, and other facilities also will be provided. Pre-registration is required for MICA Visit Days.

    For more information, visit  

    Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

    To request undergraduate information, visit

    To request graduate information, visit