The four-week Pre-College Studio Residency Program in Baltimore is an intensive college-level experience designed to help participants make the leap from thinking like a high-school art student to thinking like an artist-making art that reflects a new level of skill and personal vision, communicating ideas about art in daily critiques, and building a professional portfolio of work. Core studios and workshops culminate in a student exhibition, which presents the work of pre-college students to family and friends during a final certificate ceremony.
- Build a college admission portfolio
- Assess your strengths and build your skills
- Demonstrate your capacity for college-level rigor
- Learn from professional artists and designers
- Gain insight into the art and design professions
- Earn college credit
- Compete for MICA freshman scholarship
- Meet with a MICA college admission counselor
Many pre-college alumni choose to apply for admission to MICA and other art colleges. The Pre-College Studio Residency Program offers you a unique opportunity to meet with counselors from the undergraduate admission office at early in your college decision process.
The pre-college experience is infused with energy, camaraderie, and a diversity of ideas. A special bond develops among art students, faculty, visiting artists, and pre-college staff. Through endless conversations, ongoing critiques, and abundant activities, you will discover how much you have in common with students from across the country and around the globe.
In-depth, intense studio instruction in a core class is combined with a workshop that introduces new media and art skills in areas including painting, graphic design, 3D gaming and animation, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics , illustration, fiber and fashion, architecture, and video. Evening and weekend activities broaden your cultural horizons-and students enjoy a city whose hip, esoteric style has long made it a mecca for artists.
Pre-college participants also experience residential life at MICA, recognized nationally as setting the standard for student living for artists and designers. Students live on the MICA campus with other art students-a rare opportunity to see for yourself what it's like to live, study, and create art at one of the nation's most prestigious colleges of art and design.