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MICA’s International Recruitment in China Makes Front-Page News

Story Featured on the Front Page of the Baltimore Sun

Posted 05.24.11 by MICA communications


One of MICA's priorities is expanding the educational experience at MICA to include a global context, and the Baltimore Sun wrote a front-page story about the College's growth in international recruitment, especially in regards to its exponentially increasing number of applications from China. A growing force with the world's second-largest economy, China is vital to gaining the kind of worldview the College is promoting. And over the past few years, both undergraduate and graduate applications from China have risen dramatically.

In response to this increase, MICA sent an admission counselor to China in spring 2011, the first of what Vice President of Admission
and Financial Aid Theresa Bedoya hopes will be many recruiting visits to that country. Alessandra Torres, the admission counselor who made the trip, visited art schools in four Chinese cities this March. A MICA alumna and faculty member, Torres advised potential students on the admission process and portfolio preparation, and left the country deeply impressed by the students she met. "They felt they were learning technical skills but really wanted to unlock their creativity at MICA," she said.

READ: MICA flooded with applications from China.

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 65 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.