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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

MICA's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design offers students an intensive immersion in graphic design. Tailored for adults who seek to work with a select group of dedicated peers in a challenging and supportive environment, the program will prepare students for advancing their careers and/or for applying to competitive MFA programs at MICA and other colleges and universities.

Who Should Apply

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design provides intensive immersion in the language and practice of graphic design, and it is designed for professionals and graduates from non-design fields, including liberal arts, fine arts, journalism, architecture, communications, and photography. The program also seeks applicants who studied design as undergraduates yet desire a more comprehensive and rigorous education in the visual language of graphic design.  

See Also Programs of Study: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

Application Requirements and Procedures for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2014 Entrance: January 15, 2014

Applications received after January 15 will be considered until April 1, provided space remains available.

1. Graduate Admission Application: Completed and submitted online via
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Statement of Purpose/Artist Statement

Applicants should submit a written statement discussing their design background, both professionally and academically, and outlining their interest in post-baccalaureate study. Applicants should talk about their work and goals in relation to the broader discourse of design practice, explaining what draws them to advanced study in this field. Applicants with backgrounds in different disciplines should address how their previous experiences have prepared them for advanced design work.

4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Submitted online via

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Send transcripts from ALL post secondary schools attended. Transcripts should be submitted in sealed, institution-issued envelopes to the Office of Graduate Admission.

6. Portfolio of Artwork

Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images for review online via Slide Room allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Applicants may upload images or video documents. For good image quality and fast upload, please follow the guidelines provided by SlideRoom.

For applicants to multiple graduate programs, please repeat the upload process for each program.

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7. $70 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission process.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary langauge is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.