Students, staff & faculty can login to access personalized content.

Parent & Guardian Access is located here.

Forgot your password?

Research at MICA


Research at MICA is intended to explain how art and design have significant and measurable impact on society, policy, commerce, art education, and science.

The first art college to establish a vice provost position responsible for research, MICA develops arts and design-based solutions to complex problems using scientific discovery practices and methodical and documented art-making processes. MICA continues to support research that investigates pedagogy and questions that arise out of the intersection of studio and classroom practice.

MICA works with partners to develop longer-term negotiated contracts led by faculty, or shorter-term "sponsored studios" in which students work with faculty as part of coursework. Research is coordinated through the College's three research centers: Design Practice, Design Thinking, Race and Culture. Art Education research is an integral part of all art education masters degrees and a strong focus of the MA in Art Education. Other initiatives, such as the Community Arts Convening and Research Project, have similar national impact.

Focus areas:

  • Health- communication design, spatial and urban design, healthy lifestyles, prevention
  • Community/Urban Engagement- community empowerment, urban revitalization, community planning, historic preservation, affordable and green housing, smart growth
  • Intersections of Art, Design, and Technology- information visualization, usability/interface design, serious games, fabrication technologies/methods, smart materials/textiles
  • Sustainability, Environment, and Energy- design, communication, education, food issues (urban farming and food systems)
  • Intersections of Art, Design, and Science- integrated informal education for STEM (STEAM), scientific visualization and neuroesthetics/neuroeducation.
  • Art Education - testing various strategies for teaching for their potential to deepen the engagement of students and other questions

projects and partners:

Center for Social Design

Engages students in problem-solving research, experimentation, and collaboration to develop design-based solutions to societal challenges.

Center for Design Thinking

Publishes original research on graphic design. Its flagship graphic design textbook The New Basics has become a must-have text for designers and educators around the world, integrating formal design thinking with digital technology and contemporary media theory.

Center for Race and Culture

Brings artists and designers from all over the world together to explore how diverse artists and experiences impact the broader world of art and design. This year's Global Africa Project has garnered international acclaim.

Center for Art Education

Studies conduced by graduate students in classroom or instructional settings are submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Click here to find links to published articles and a list of investigations by theme. Nearly all students have presented their research at national conferences.

Community Arts Convening

MICA-led national collaboration between community-based artists, students, scholars, civic leaders, and youth to share best practices, models, and ideas through conferences, research, and communication

This page was last updated on 07/18/2016.