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Overview

MICA's Graphic Design Post-Baccalaureate (GD PBac) program offers students an intensive immersion in graphic design. Tailored for individuals who seek to work with a select group of dedicated peers in a challenging and supportive environment, the full-time program prepares students for advancing their careers and/or for applying to competitive MFA programs at MICA and other colleges and universities.

The program provides in-depth study of the language and practice of graphic design. Our students are professionals and graduates from complementary fields, including liberal arts, fine arts, architecture, media studies and journalism as well as those who studied design as undergraduates yet desire a more comprehensive and rigorous education in the theory and concepts of graphic design. A portfolio review is required for admission.

Students completing the program receive a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. The full-time program requires 15 credits each semester, 30 credits total. Students enroll in the following courses: the 6-credit GD PBac Studio (fall and spring), the 3-credit Design Theory and Practice seminar (fall), the 3-credit GD PBac Workshop (spring), a 3-credit undergraduate typography course (fall and spring) and a 3-credit studio elective (fall and spring).

The GD PBac Studio provides an intensive introduction to design, taught with a strong emphasis on design fundamentals, process, visual research, and working across media. The Design Theory and Practice seminar builds students' knowledge of design history, discourse and professional methodologies. The GD PBac Workshop focuses on creating complex, well-crafted design projects and curating a portfolio. In the spring, GD PBac students create and exhibit a self-directed design project and a professional portfolio. Students meet weekly with faculty for individual and group instruction and critiques. Students are encouraged to participate in the larger graduate and undergraduate design culture at MICA through elective coursework and visiting artist and designer lectures.

The GD PBac program is housed on the fourth floor of MICA's Fox Building on Mt. Royal Avenue, in a renovated, fully-equipped loft-style studio space. Students have dedicated work space and computers as well as access to color printing and a production area. The GD PBac studio is conveniently located close to graduate and undergraduate programs in graphic design and illustration.

The program director has a strong background in education and professional work, and teaches the GD PBac Studio as well as other graduate and undergraduate courses. The program director advises students on applying to MFA programs, professional development and course registration.