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Maryland Institute College of Art

MICA has become the leader in the education of artists and designers by fostering a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and design and to expanding their own vision and perspective through rigorous study.

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Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation.


With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.


Research at MICA explores the ways creative practice and scholarship have significant and measurable impact on culture, society, communities, policy, commerce, education and health. 


The Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development's mission is to foster the professional growth of MICA students and alumni. The Center strives to help students and alumni succeed in their chosen career paths by offering a variety of programs, services, and resources.


Student services

The office 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 disciplinary cases. 

Housing services

Over the years, MICA has been able to expand and build its residential program. The College has broadened its housing program to over 1000 beds and now offers a holistic residential experience to meet the demand our students have been asking for. As a result all MICA Foundation and Sophomore students will be required to live in on-campus housing.

Library services

Whether you are new or returning, there is a lot to catch up with at Decker Library - - new books, films/videos, journals, databases, & more. Here are ways to improve your own or your students’ research skills.

ICT services

Laptop computers are the ideal computer to bring along to student housing. They take up very little space, can be carried to class when needed, and are most adaptable to life on campus and for travel. In general, we recommend a Macintosh laptop since that is the standard computer for most of our labs and classrooms and most faculty at MICA use them as well.

Medical services

MICA offers its Basic Injury and Sickness Plan for students who are in need of coverage. All MICA students with a minimum of 9 credit hours are required either to enroll in this plan OR to provide proof of other health insurance coverage. Students who enroll in the Basic Injury and Sickness Plan will receive insurance cards within two to three weeks after the initial enrollment date.

Student Life

Campus life

Freshmen and new Transfer students generally live in Founders Green. Founders Green offers a unique, artist-friendly living environments designed to support your artistic endeavors. Depending on availability, new transfer students may also be placed in Meyerhoff House or Gateway with other upper-class students. The staff and services of the Office of Residence Life & Off-Campus Housing are always available to assist you and we encourage you to explore our facilities and programs.

Sports facilities

The MICA Health and Wellness Center is home to the Fitness Center, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Student Development Specialist, and Health Education Programming.  All services, with the exception of the Student Development Specialist, are located at 1501 West Mt. Royal Ave; the Student Development Specialist is housed in Bunting.  The Center is led by the Associate Dean for Student Health and Wellness, whose role is to coordinate campus health education programming and support intentional collaboration with departments that address the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and developmental needs of MICA students.

Student clubs

During your time at MICA, we encourage you supplement your classroom education with involvement experiences outside the classroom, such as being involved in a student organization. These co-curricular experiences not only contribute to a more satisfied overall college experience, but also provide many opportunities to meet new people and make friends.


The College is a member of the following organizations: 

  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)
  • The College Art Associaion (CAA) Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA)
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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