MICA Web & MyMICA
At mica.edu and MyMICA, a section of the College's website especially for you, you will find a lot of useful information about life at MICA from Admissions, Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Accounts, MICA Orientation, and Enrollment Services. News and announcements--from student account deadline reminders to exhibition opening announcements--will appear on every student's MyMICA page. With all your personal services and up-to-date news all available through MyMICA, students will find this a convenient and dynamic resource for all things MICA!
Even before you arrive on campus, email, mica.edu, and MyMICA will be your primary ways of receiving information from the College and communicating with campus departments. Throughout your time at MICA, you'll use MyMICA to get grades, register for classes, and access information posted by faculty, students, and departments.
The College provides all full-time students with a MICA email account hosted by Google. All official MICA email communications are sent to the student's mica.edu email address. Students are required to check their email account regularly, and are responsible for reading and understanding all MICA notices and announcements sent to their email address from the College. Students can access MICA email at (http://gmail.mica.edu) from anywhere they have internet access.
Laptop computers are the ideal computer to bring along to student housing. They take up very little space, can be carried to class when needed, and are most adaptable to life on campus and for travel. In general, we recommend a Macintosh laptop since that is the standard computer for most of our labs and classrooms and most faculty at MICA use them as well.
Navigate here to get special discounts on Macs by clicking on the link for the Apple Education Store.
If you are interested in pursuing an animation, 3D modeling, or environmental design major, a PC laptop or desktop system is your best bet. Software for these majors (3D Studio Max, Solidworks, AutoCAD) only runs on Windows machines. We recommend Dell systems because they are reliable, and Dell offers great support. If you need additional information or consultation about the purchase of a computer, please call the Help Desk at 410-225-2201 or email@example.com.
The required operating systems for hooking up your computer to the college network in college housing are:
Mac - OS X
PC - Windows Vista or Windows 7
Proper configuration of your computer will help make the programs you use run faster and more efficiently. Your computer should have at least 2 GB of RAM and at least 150 - 250 GB of hard-drive space. We recommend that students purchase a portable USB or FireWire hard drive, which can be used for backing up files and transferring files from one computer to another. Most computers come with a DVD burner as standard equipment, which is very important for backing up and archiving files.
We strongly encourage you to have virus protection software installed on your computer. Campus networks can be open to many worms and viruses from other students who don't have protection installed on their systems. If you have a Windows computer, you will also want to make certain you have installed all of the latest system updates from Microsoft. This will help protect you from network dangers, as well.
The Office of Technology Systems and Services will have a table at move-in with personnel who can help you get your computer set up for use in College housing.
Students living in Meyerhoff House, the Commons, Mt. Royal Apartments, Gateway, and other College-owned housing have high-speed Internet access included in the cost of housing. Your laptop computer will have wireless capability to connect to the campus network wirelessly. However you can also connect by plugging into the Ethernet jack in your room for even faster Internet access. To do so, you will need an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the wall jack in your room. The Office of Technology Systems and Services will provide information and assistance to all incoming students living in campus housing to ensure that they can connect to the network. All public and classroom computers on campus are connected to the network for Internet and email access as well. Students will be told about MICA's network and computer use policies at Orientation. All students must abide by these policies.
MICA has an extensive wireless network that allows students with portable computers equipped with wireless network adapters to access the Internet from classrooms and public spaces on campus. Wireless access is also available in all dorm spaces of Meyerhoff House, the Commons, and the Gateway.
MICA's secure wireless network will appear as 'MICA' under your list of accessible networks. Once connected, open a web browser and you will be directed to a login screen. Your Username and Password are the same as your Email Username and Password.
Personal Web Space
MICA provides each student with space on the College's servers to maintain an individual website. For more information, click here.
Digital Printing Studio
The College maintains a sophisticated digital printing studio where high-resolution printing is available at very reasonable prices. The studio provides wide-format, pigment-based archival quality printing services on a number of state-of-the-art printers. The Digital Print Studio is also home to a T-Shirt printer! Digital printing facilities are located in the Art Tech Center at 1208 Mount Royal Avenue.
Digital Fabrication Studio
The Digital Fabrication Studio is a facility open to the all MICA students. It houses laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC mills, with support from trained technicians. Other tools include a jig saw, soldering irons, multimeters, Plexiglas cutter, and basic hand tools. This facility also hosts classes that integrate digital technologies into fabrication processes, including the creation of objects from digital 3D models and the integration of electronics into made objects. This is not a service center where you drop off a file and pick up an object; this is a studio where artists and designers are actively engaged in making and learning.The Digital Fabrication Studio is made possible in part by generous contributions from MMI. The studio is located in rooms 101 and 102 in the Station Building.