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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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MICA's Painting department is ranked as one of the best in the country, an accomplishment that provides painting majors with many opportunities and greater visibility for their achievements. Our department is distinguished by both tradition and rebellion. The program celebrates the development of strong painting and drawing skills, an exploration of old and new forms (representational and abstract, 2D, and 3D), and an appreciation of independent, personal expression and risk-taking. Our curriculum is generous, varied, and attuned to the individual needs of its majors. Painting electives represent a wide array of artistic experiences ranging from figure and landscape painting options to courses that address subjects such as the poetics of materials, personal narrative, visual music, collaboration, performance, and installation art. The number of painting and studio electives built into the degree plan exceeds the number of electives offered by any other department, thereby allowing painting majors great freedom in their course offerings. Faculty and visiting artists and critics have a diverse array of aesthetic sensibilities, maintain active studio practices, and exhibit their work in various venues - and also act as role models and mentors as you find your own voice as an artist.

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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