The program provides in-depth study of the language and practice of graphic design, and is designed for professionals and graduates from complementary 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 theory and concepts of graphic design. A portfolio review is required for admission.
Students completing the program will receive a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Students enroll in the following courses each semester: the 6-credit GD PBac Studio, the 3-credit GD PBac Workshop, one 3-credit undergraduate typography course and one 3-credit studio elective (15 credits each semester; 30 credits total). The program is designed for full-time study. The GD PBac Studio provides an intensive introduction to basic design, taught with a strong emphasis on process, professional practice and portfolio development. The GD PBac Workshop introduces students to a survey of graphic design theory and technique. Class time is spent on discussion and writing about design topics as well as software instruction and production techniques needed to complete projects. In the second semester, GD PBac classes assist students in creating and exhibiting self-directed design projects and a professional portfolio. Students meet weekly with faculty for individual and group instruction and critiques. Students are encouraged to participate in the larger graduate and undergraduate design culture at MICA through elective coursework and visiting artist and designer lectures.
The GD PBac program is housed on the fourth floor of MICA's Fox Building on Mt. Royal Avenue, in a newly renovated, fully-equipped loft-style studio space. Students have dedicated work space and computers as well as access to color printing and a production area. The GD PBac Studio is conveniently located in relation to graduate and undergraduate programs in graphic design and illustration.
The program is led by a full-time faculty member with a strong background in teaching and professional work and who teaches the GD PBac Studio as well as other graduate and undergraduate courses. The program leader advises students with regard to professional development and course registration issues.