For the student artist who wishes to shape a personal major from courses offered by the whole range of MICA's fine arts departments, the General Fine Arts (GFA) Department may be the ideal place to be. In this department, students develop their artistic talents and abilities by exploring various fine art disciplines, thereby making the fullest use of what the College has to offer. Because the prescribed degree plan is very open, students are expected to plan their courses very carefully so that they fulfill a personal direction that is interdisciplinary, theme centered, or of some other cross-media or multimedia construction. The special nature of this program is its flexibility and its interdisciplinary emphasis, in keeping with the most current ideas about the artificiality of the traditional boundaries between and among disciplines and media. Access to shared resources – facilities, faculty, and course offerings – is another benefit of the GFA major.
The requirements for the general fine arts major include core courses at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels, and open electives grouped into two categories. The first category includes seven courses (21 credits) taken in fine arts. The second category of electives is more open, permitting four electives (12 credits) from any studio department.
Many, and perhaps most, students in general fine arts choose to concentrate in certain areas or media that allow them best to fulfill a personal vision. Because the department supports the idea of personal vision and personal direction, no predetermined concentrations exist.
In the GFA major, students have the opportunity to combine knowledge and skills developed in a variety of courses to discover their own personal potential. It allows for collaboration between disciplines such as drawing and painting, or the combination of video, performance, and text. However, underlying these interdisciplinary opportunities is solid training in traditional skills.