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Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, United States
  • Degree BFA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Duration 48 months
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Aug

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The Drawing Department at MICA serves as both a foundation for all other departments and a resource for upper-level electives. It also offers a vigorous, in-depth program of study for those choosing a major in drawing. The course of study for drawing majors is intentionally broad and open. In all, students have 14 electives, some of which are open to any studio department and others that are restricted to painting, printmaking, or drawing. The underlying strength of the drawing program is in the mid-level studio courses. All students, except for those majoring in photography, environmental design, and graphic design, are required to take a life drawing and a studio drawing course. It is strongly recommended that these courses be taken in the sophomore year, because the intellectual capacities in judgments about formal relationships that these courses develop are, in every sense of the word, a prerequisite to higher-level work in one's own major. In keeping with the department's philosophy, these courses are woven around subjects that have played central roles in the traditions of western art: the nude, still life, interiors, landscapes, nature study, the portrait, composition, and others. In the upper-level studios, drawing courses are more varied and esoteric, encouraging personal expression and inviting visual experimentation and imaginative solutions.

About University

Based in Baltimore, an artist-run mecca of DIY culture, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest independent university of art and design in the US. MICA has created a model for the education of artists and designers. Our transformative education encourages originality, nourishes creativity, inspired innovation and challenges your intellect.

MICA offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in:

  • Fine arts

  • Design

  • Electronic media

  • Art education

  • Liberal arts



  • Top 10 - MFA programs in the visual arts, #3 in Graphic Design and Sculpture, and #4 in Painting and Drawing according to US News & World Report

  • Ranked 3rd - MICA is ranked 3rd among the top 50 graphic design schools and colleges in the US, Animation Career Review 2015

  • Top Producer - MICA is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars among specialty schools, Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Best Northeastern College - for the last nine years, Princeton Review

  • MICA is - an "education powerhouse," Fast Company Magazine; "world class," Huffington Post; "highly esteemed," Washington Post

  • Unique Partnerships - with Johns Hopkins University, including a dual degree program 


MICA is a diverse and vibrant place to story - it is home to more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from almost every state and more than 40 countries, with international students making up almost a fifth of the student body.

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