Maryland Institute College of Art

1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland

For nearly 185 years, top ranked Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has assembled some the most talented students and faculty from across the nation and around the world in a creatively energized, intellectually stimulating, learning environment. At MICA, artists and designers are reflective visionaries, innovators, entrepreneurs and social activists. Students can uniquely customize their studies in support of creative exploration and career goals by combining a major and minor, adding internships, professional project-based coursework, study abroad, or community-based civic engagement. A professionally active faculty – including artists and designers who are pushing the limits of both traditional and emerging media – offer students at both the undergraduate and graduate level a full range of curricular options. Professional development is embedded in each program of study and supplemented by highly successful services of MICA’s Career Development Center. MICA’s beautiful, expansive, and well-equipped urban campus rivals that of most art and design schools. Located in Baltimore – a college town with 120,000 students recognized for its vibrant music and art scene, affordability, and entrepreneurial start-ups – MICA is at the heart of the New York – Washington east coast art corridor.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MA, MAT, MFA, MPA, MPS
ACCREDITATION: MSCHE, NASAD
MAJORS OFFERED:

Animation*
Architectural Design*
Art Education
Art History, Theory and Criticism*
Business of Art & Design**
Ceramics*
Community Arts**
Critical Studies**
Curatorial Practice**
Design Leadership**
Drawing*
Fiber*
Film and Video*
Filmmaking
General Fine Arts*
Graphic Design

 

Humanistic Studies*
Illustration
Information Visualization**
Interactive Arts*
Multidisciplinary Fine Art
Painting
Photographic and Electronic Media**
Photography*
Printmaking*
Product Design (2017)*
Sculpture*
Social Design**
Studio Art**
Teaching**
UX Design**

MINORS OFFERED:

Art Education
Art History*
Book Arts*
Creative Writing*
Critical Studies**
Critical Theory*
Culture and Policies*
Curatorial Studies*
Experimental Fashion*

 

Filmmaking
Game Art*
Game Design (2017)*
Gender Studies*
Literary Studies*
Sound Art*
Sustainability and Social Practice*
Theater*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
The Foundation program at MICA is a national model in innovative curriculum design preparing freshmen to develop the vocabulary, technical skills, and critical awareness necessary for establishing a base for creative visual expression. Students are pushed to stretch their expectations and their work past previous levels of satisfaction to a place where “good enough” is not the goal. The structured and challenging, yet supportive, environment of this first year program stimulate the development of personal and professional skill sets necessary for success in a subsequent major and in the contemporary art world.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 42,280
MANDATORY FEES 1,590
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,450
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,030
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 10,020
OTHER 1,500
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $15,108 97%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,051 20%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 10,814 8%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,697 52%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $21,643
97% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 55%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 25%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,752

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,743
PART-TIME 24

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 242

FULL-TIME 159
PART-TIME 230
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
8.47 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
95%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
95%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
72%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
73%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
74% FEMALE
26% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Fine Arts or Design
Pre-College (Baltimore or Tuscany)
Continuing Studies for All Ages

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

AICAD Mobility Program
AICAD New York Studio Residency Program
Career Development Center
Internships
Academic Exchange Programs with 14 colleges including Johns Hopkins University
Center for Design Practice
Professional Project-Based Research Opportunities through MICA's Center for Design Thinking
Center for Design Practice
Center for Community Engagement
Center for Race and Culture

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).