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It's never to early to prepare for college. Even if your child is a high school freshman or sophomore, you can begin the process of finding the college that is the best fit for his or her goals and needs.

Our Artist's Guide to Choosing a College is designed to be a resource to help you and your aspiring artist make that important decision. Sign up to receive a copy of our Artist's Guide.

Research careers in art and design. Take this time to discover what your son or daughter can accomplish with a degree in art. MICA students and alumni are answering this question in innovative ways every day. Our series of Career Tracks newsletters detail the impressive roster of career opportunities that our alumni purse - and excel in - after graduation. Learn more in MICA's Career Tracks newsletters.

Get an authentic art college experience at a Pre-College Summer Residency Program. Pre-college programs can thought of as a "dry run" for applying to art college. High school sophomores or juniors can take studio courses in specific disciplines, visit museums, and start building their portfolios. MICA offers two distinctive Pre-College tracks that allow participants to spend five weeks on the College's campus in Baltimore or three weeks in the Tuscany, Italy. Learn more about MICA's Pre-College Program.

Get the most out of a portfolio review. A portfolio review is a tool for improvement. High school students will benefit from scheduling a review in their junior year to learn how to strengthen their body of work, and they should follow up with a senior year review to further develop their portfolios for the college admission process.

Each school your son or daughter applies to will have different portfolio requirements. A portfolio review/interview is not required to apply to MICA; but in addition to the review providing an excellent opportunity to receive constructive feedback on strengthening their body of work, a portfolio review also allows your child to learn what aspects of their portfolio they need to work on to be more competitive for scholarships.

There are two ways to have a MICA admission counselor or representative review your child's portfolio:

  • Attend a National Portfolio Day - Throughout the fall and early winter, the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) oversees a series of National Portfolio Days. Held at art colleges, hotels, and venues throughout the country these events are free to prospective art students and their families. Students can have their portfolios reviewed by college representatives from a number of top art colleges. MICA hosts a National Portfolio Day on our campus in Baltimore in early December, and our representatives attend National Portfolio Days held throughout the country. See a list of the 2009-2010 National Portfolio Days where you can meet a MICA representative.

MICA is an urban campus, and as you visit, you may be wondering what we do to keep students safe. You can see the current crime statistics for Bolton Hill, the neighborhood where the College is located, and learn more about how MICA's Campus Safety Department works diligently to protect our students through prevention and education.

Apply for admission. The college admission process begins the fall of senior year. Your son or daughter has been working on their portfolio, and now the process of filling out forms and submitting the required application materials begins. Download a PDF of MICA's application form and instructions.

Apply for governmental financial aid and competitive scholarships. Applying to college is only one part of the admission process. The ability to finance your child's education is a crucial step toward attending college.

Financial Aid consists of governmental loans, grants, and federal work-study award. Download MICA's Financial Aid Form (FAFSA), and learn more about Financial Aid at MICA.

Competitive scholarships are administered by Undergraduate Admission and include awards based on both merit and academics. Interested students must apply for scholarships. Learn more about the scholarship process at MICA.

Connect with MICA's parents. You can have your questions reviewed by parents who have gone through the same process that you're experiencing. See MICA through a parent's perspective by getting in touch with members of the College's Parents' Council.