Office of Open Studies

MICA Open Studies is helping to define the Maryland Institute College of Art as a 21st-century leader in the education of artists and designers. The office serves as a center of entrepreneurship, a place for enhancing community education and professional practice, and an access point where design, technology, and commerce converge. Whether you are looking for a fine arts studio course, a credit-bearing class, arts-based travel experiences, opportunities for youth, or professional graduate programs, MICA Open Studies keeps the world's door to MICA open.

Community Education and Professional Practice

MICA offers the region’s premiere selection of fine arts courses for lifelong learners looking to enrich their creativity and professional practice courses for designers looking to expand their skill sets or sharpen their current proficiencies. Courses in drawing, painting, clay, photography, and more, plus software tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, are offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Young People's Studios (YPS)

MICA's programs for elementary and middle school students provide structured opportunities for kids to challenge themselves artistically while having fun. Portfolio Preparation programs help high school students get ready for college while they interact with other talented young people from around the region. Classes are offered through MICA's Young People's Studios on weekends and during Summer Art Camp.

Professional Graduate Programs

MICA explores the intersection of design and business through a suite of graduate programs for professionals who desire to change their career path or quicken their career pace. Three Masters of Professional Studies programs—Business of Art and Design, Information Visualization, and UX Design—are delivered almost exclusively online. An MBA/MA dual degree in Design Leadership is offered with Johns Hopkins University.

MICA Pre-College

Pre-College allows serious young artists to spend a month living and working with other creative peers from around the world on MICA's campus or in Tuscany. Students collaborate with expert faculty, meet working artists, visit centers of art and design, and learn how to put together a distinctive portfolio, all while earning college credit. MICA's Pre-College is one of the country's most challenging programs for future creative professionals.

International and Domestic Travel

MICA undergrads and graduates, fine art majors from other institutions, and serious lifelong learners spend four weeks traveling with expert MICA faculty to the world’s most unique cultural centers. From the birthplace of the Renaissance to burgeoning arts frontiers, these trips create an everlasting impression on people’s art and lives. For students, these courses can equal 3 or 6 credits.

Summer Undergraduate Courses

MICA's undergraduate students can accelerate their academic pace or explore new creative paths with an array of summer courses offered through the Office of Open Studies. There are also opportunities to catch up on important foundation, studio elective, and humanistic studies courses as part of the MICA curriculum.