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Facilities & Resources

MICA provides all graduate students with facilities that are configured to the particular needs of students engaged in art education inquiry, art making, and design at a professional level. Graduate students are offered exclusive use of spaces designed to provide private time and space, and are given opportunities to gather for dialogue and communal exchange. 

Illustration Practice, MFA includes a dedicated lab for interdisciplinary research and exploration centered at one of the nation's top art colleges. Facilities and resources available to students in the program include:

Dedicated Studios

Full time graduate students are provided independent studios or collaborative workspaces with 24/7 access while their classes are in session and during spring break periods for the duration of their residencies.

Collaborative Workspaces in Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center

The recently expanded and renovated Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center permanently houses twelve of our sixteen graduate programs, including full time and low-residency MFA, MA and certificate programs.

Located in the Station North Arts District, the Lazarus Center is a generously equipped modern facility and the hub of graduate study at MICA, housing independent studios and collaborative workspaces for over 175 graduate students, an indoor atrium and outdoor plaza, a public cafe, and public galleries. Also located on site are digital, computer and photo labs, wood and metal fabrication shops, dedicated meeting spaces, seminar rooms, casual lounges, and student exhibition and critique areas. Lazarus Center provides opportunities to collaborate with students from the MFA in Curatorial Studies and MFA in Graphic Design as well as with MICA research centers such as Dolphin Press & Print @ MICA and the Center for Design Thinking.

Graduate Research Lab (GRAD LAB)

The Graduate Research Lab ("Grad Lab") is open to all graduate students. This state-of-the-art facility, located at the Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center, is equipped with computer stations, an electronics project room, a professional print lab, a sound studio, and a variety of video and audio equipment available for checkout along with a staff of expert users. Students can conduct their own technological research or attend weekly tutorials and workshops.

Graduate Exhibition Space

Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, Leidy Gallery, and Fox 3 Gallery are dedicated graduate exhibition spaces. Graduate students have the opportunity to exhibit in other galleries on campus and in the greater community through individual programs or student organizations such as Grad Ex. Visit the Galleries page for more information about MICA's exhibition space.

Fabrication Studios

Fabrication studios accessible to all graduate students include Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center Wood Shop, Fox Wood Shop, Model Shop, 2D Prototyping Studio, and Digital Fabrication Studio. Departmental studios are open to graduate students currently enrolled in related departmental classes. These studios include: ceramics, fiber, interdisciplinary sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Visit Fabrication Studios to learn more. MICA's ArtTech Center, which houses a number of technology resources including the Digital Print Studio for large scale and giclee prints, Z-Corp 3D printer, Laser Cutters, and 2D Prototyping Lab.

Decker Library

The Decker Library provides a wide range of services and facilities for research and instruction. Computer workstations are available on both levels of the Library, both iMacs and PCs. The entire Library is wireless enabled. Interlibrary Loan is available to students, faculty, and staff, to obtain needed materials (books, articles, and media) from other libraries. Library Orientations are provided each semester and can be arranged for classes and individuals. The Research Advisor Program matches International students in their first year at MICA with a librarian who will help him/her become oriented to conducting research using library resources and services. Course-related Reserves are circulated from the Circulation Desk for in-house use. Materials can be copied or scanned on the lower level of the Library.