MICA's graduate programs are among the most distinguished in the world. They feature unique and creative approaches to instruction and problemsolving, including online education and first-of-their kind programs such as the College's MFA in Curatorial Practice and MPS in Information Visualization. Additionally, MICA holds the distinction of being the first art college in the country to establish a vice provost position for research. MICA remains committed to creating interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research and social engagement. In order to ensure that the College's graduate programs are among the most advanced and innovative in their fields, MICA seeks to strengthen its programs through the creation of a permanent endowment, and through the finalization of the Graduate Complex, a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as the center for the College's burgeoning graduate community.
Income from the endowment will support ongoing initiatives to increase the caliber of MICA's graduate students and raise enrollment in the College's graduate programs through:
Recruiting and retaining the best.
Showcasing the most sought after artists and speakers.
VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAMS
Bringing the most distinguished visiting artists, critics, and scholars to campus for workshops and student critiques.
EXPOSURE AND COLLABORATION
Providing opportunities for graduate students to present their work outside of MICA, in locations across the country.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITY
Developing programs such as the Launch Artists in Baltimore Awards that encourage graduate students to engage with the arts community and stay in Baltimore after graduation.
Establishing partnerships and projects that respond to emerging issues and model new forms of creative practice, such as the joint Film Center developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University.
Your investment in this area will ensure that our graduate students are well prepared to begin successful artistic careers.
MICA's graduate facilities include the Fred Lazarus IV Center, which reopened in October 2012 after an extensive renovation, and will soon include the adjacent building at 1801 Falls Road, joined together by a pedestrian bridge. The 1801 Falls Road building will add 150,000 square feet of world-class instructional, exhibition, and studio space and expand graduate program facilities by 25 percent, increasing the visibility of MICA's graduate programs and assisting the College in its efforts to create a center for graduate life at MICA.
When completed, renovations to the 1801 Falls Church Building will add:
- An additional 33,000 square feet of academic, research, and studio space for ground-breaking graduate programs, including: MICA's MFA in Illustration Practice, MA in Art Education, and MA in Social Design.
- A new home for the Rinehart School of Sculpture, the oldest graduate sculpture program in the nation.
- State-of-the-art digital labs, workshops, tools, equipment, and classrooms for MICA's graduate students.
A gift at any level in support of this area will ensure that MICA has facilities that keep pace with the College's rapidly increasing graduate program enrollment, and provide our students with art-making resources, which are state-of-the-art and specifically designed for their individual needs.