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About MICA

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.

Our innovative curriculum, well-equipped campus, and world-class faculty all have a single purpose: provide the education, experiences, and resources needed to prepare the artist and designers who will lead in the 21st century.

  • Ranked in the top 10 of MFA programs in the visual arts, #3 in Graphic Design, and #5 in Painting/Drawing by U.S. News & World Report
  • In each of the past seven years, MICA has been listed as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars among specialty schools by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and was ranked No. 1 in 2008-09, in 2012-13 and in 2013-14
  • Named one of the top two studio arts programs in the country by Parade magazine
  • Listed among the 25 best U.S. design schools by ID magazine
  • Selected as a top 20 U.S. design school by GDUSA magazine
  • The Princeton Review named MICA a "Best Northeastern College" each of the last seven years
  • Enrolled 100% of Presidential Scholars in visual arts and photography who selected an art college in 2008 and 2012—consistently enrolls the most Presidential Scholars in visual arts
  • Founded in 1826—the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation

MICA History

  1. Historical Timeline

    Athenaeum

    Maryland Institute's history celebrates an institution that continually re-invented itself to meet the challenges of changing times. This is how its story unfolded.