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College Offers Expanded Master’s and Bachelor’s Programming

Chronicle of Higher Education, HOW, GOOD, Artsy Shark, Core77, Baltimore Business Journal and Sun all note new programs

Posted 12.31.69 by MICA communications

MFA in Illustration Practice

BALTIMORE--MICA continues to pioneer art and design higher education curriculum by launching unique academic programs, including M.F.A. in Community Arts (2010); M.P.S. in The Business of Art & Design (May 2011); M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice (fall 2011); M.F.A. in Illustration Practice (fall 2011); M.A. in Social Design (fall 2011); and B.F.A. in Humanistic Studies/Studio Discipline integrated major (fall 2011). Through these degrees, the College is developing new curricular models to support its increased scope of programs, especially in the areas of civic engagement, research, professional studies, design and liberal arts.


M.F.A. in Community Arts (2010)
The M.F.A. in Community Arts (MFA/CA) prepares artists to use their artmaking as a means of civic, youth and community development, or to teach at the post-secondary level. The curriculum provides students with a thorough grounding in theory and practice, beginning with coursework that highlights the relationship between the community, art and the artist. Real-world experience that integrates advanced independent artmaking with community-based projects allows students to discover firsthand how the artist and their work helps articulate the unique personality of a community--and how that community in turn inspires their own creative expression--generating positive change and new artforms in the process. Graduates of the two-year, two summer, 69-credit, full-time program become practicing artists, programmers, managers and experts in the growing field of community art, with some going on to teach at the college level after earning MICA's Certificate in the College Teaching of Art. MFA/CA benefits from being shaped by MICA's groundbreaking community programs, including the M.A. in Community Arts (MACA), which was first of its kind in the country.

M.P.S. in The Business of Art & Design (May 2011)
This innovative online master's of professional studies program is the first business degree specifically focused on the unique needs of the creative professional by providing a comprehensive education in business management specifically for artists, designers and related specialists. The highly concentrated, 30-credit, 14-month curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to start, sustain or grow an art or design related business, or to be a dynamic creative manager working with or within a business, nonprofit or government agency. Through a combination of online instruction and brief residencies at MICA, students gain a grounding in the key functional areas of business management, including accounting, finance and marketing.

M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice (Fall 2011)
MICA's new M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice will prepare students to take a responsible and hands-on approach to the expanding role curators play in creating a vibrant cultural life in the 21st century's global society. Designed to forge connections among art, artists and the community, the program's collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation--thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely and accessible exhibitions for their audiences. New models will include considering the surrounding community or the venues' history as inspiration when organizing exhibitions. This innovative graduate program, which is a two-year, 60-credit, full-time program, is the first M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice in the United States and benefits from being shaped by the work of George Ciscle, MICA's curator-in-residence and creator of the College's groundbreaking Exhibition Development Seminar.

M.F.A. in Illustration Practice (Fall 2011)
Students in this two-year, 60-credit, full-time program are encouraged to find new directions for the illustration practice by making visual and intellectual connections with illustration's social impact and cultural meaning while pursuing potential collaborations with other MICA programs. Students actively initiate their own projects, using new modes of illustrative expression and distribution while they gain the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in both the national and international marketplace.

M.A. in Social Design (Fall 2011)
The M.A. in Social Design (MASD), a one-year, 30-credit, full-time program, prepares students to play a vital role in positively impacting our world through collaborative, hands-on opportunities supporting a range of community-defined objectives. Building on MICA's pioneering integration of art and design with civic engagement--through such programs as the Design Coalition partnered with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Design Practice (CDP) in MICA's Office of Research--the program provides students with an in-depth chance to participate in the discovery and problem-solving processes implemented in the practice of design with a community focus. Students collaborate with community members, partner organizations and renowned experts as they research the cultural, social, political and economic factors that will inform their work. MICA PLACE will provide a dedicated space in East Baltimore for students to develop and implement initiatives with the community, in the community.

B.F.A. in Humanistic Studies/Studio Discipline Integrated Major (Fall 2011)
Building on MICA's outstanding curriculum in the humanities, the newly integrated major fully combines in-depth coursework in academics and studio to prepare practicing artists who are also public intellectuals that contribute to our cultural life as creators and thinkers. The major, a novelty at art colleges, will develop students' skills in writing, critical and analytical thinking, research and presenting/defending personal views. The humanistic studies courses allows students to build a depth of understanding in their selected interests, including philosophy and ethics, social and natural sciences, social and political history as understood from a variety of perspectives, literature and narrative modes of inquiry into human experience that will prepare students to be leaders in their chosen fields and for a wide range of academic graduate programs.

For additional information, including detail on curriculum, faculty and program-specific application requirements, contact MICA at www.mica.edu/gradcontact.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.