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Introducing the JHU-MICA Film Centre

MICA celebrates the opening of the JHU-MICA Film Centre, a state-of-the-art production facility developed in partnership with JHU

Posted 11.01.15 by MICA Communications

MICA announces the opening of the JHU-MICA Film Centre, home to the College's M.F.A. in Filmmaking and B.F.A. in Film and Video programs as well as Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) B.A. and M.A. programs in film and media.

Representing MICA's commitment to making Baltimore an international film hub, the JHU-MICA Film Centre is a state-of-the-art production facility housed in the historic Centre Theatre. MICA and JHU share space in the building, which allows both institutions to offer nationally competitive filmmaking programming by combining complementary strengths. This effort is further enhanced by a partnership with the Maryland Film Festival, whose future home in the Parkway Theatre is steps away from the Centre. Students in all programs benefit from this collective network, which gives them access to faculty and resources from two world-class educational institutions as well as connections to the professional world of international film and filmmakers.

The 18,000-square-foot JHU-MICA Film Centre is situated in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District, and is also home to the nonprofit Baltimore Jewelry Center and the multiplayer game company Sparkypants Studio. MICA and JHU occupy the Centre's second floor, and in addition to offices for faculty from both institutions, their shared space includes:

  • A 49-seat screening room, capable of presenting both digital video and 16mm films.
  • A 600-square-foot sound recording studio that includes a smaller booth for vocal dubbing and foley mixing.
  • A 2,000-square-foot cyclorama green room soundstage, which is large enough to accommodate set building and studio shooting.
  • A film room, which houses the 16mm Steenbeck film editing table.
  • Dedicated individual high-definition editing suites, a computer room with 20 Macs, classrooms, and lounge and meeting areas.
  • An equipment cage to support the Centre's academic programming. Students have access to lights, microphones, tripods, dollies and more than 40 camera packages, which range from Super 16mm to the latest 4K High Definition format; cameras include Arri Amira, Sony FS7, Sony NEX 700, Cannon 300, Cannon 100 and Cannon 5D.

About the Programs

Filmmaking (MICA MFA)

Led by director Patrick Wright, co-producer of the Oscar-winning short documentary Music by Prudence, the M.F.A. in Filmmaking program is specifically designed to allow students to be at the forefront of emerging practices. Announced in August 2014, MICA's newest M.F.A. program doesn't just acknowledge the current technology-driven changes in the film and media industry, it embraces them.

Film and Video (MICA BFA)

MICA's Film and Video majors flourish by living in a vibrant art-school community where they have the opportunity to explore installation, documentary, narrative or experimental genres.

Film and Media (JHU MA)

The Film and Media Master of Arts program provides an in-depth curriculum designed to develop skill sets required to succeed in the film, television and media industries. Students choose concentrations from the fields of Business, Sound and Writing.

Film and Media Studies (JHU BA)

The undergraduate program in Film and Media Studies incorporates courses in film history, aesthetics and theory; theory and practice in television, popular culture and new media; and all aspects of 16mm film and digital video production, including narrative, documentary, animated and experimental film.