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Mission: The MICA First Year Experience provides a rigorous, supportive environment emphasizing sequential, intellectually informed, hands-on instruction of practical and conceptual skills for students to become active lifelong learners, makers and creative risk takers in the fields of art and design.

By the conclusion of the First Year, Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply a range of technical and conceptual skills to art and design media in order to construct meaning.
  • Develop and solve problems through investigation, experimentation and ethical research.
  • Interpret meaning through analysis of the observed world.
  • Integrate best practices for professionalism.
  • Consider cross cultural and intercultural learning in the classroom as a local, national and global learning space.
Course TitleCredits

All student take these required courses

Drawing: Tradition & Innovation FF 161 3
Drawing: Contemporary Practices FF 162 3
Forum I (freshman advising happens in this class) FF 111 3
Forum II FF 112 3
Art Matters AH 100 3
Critical Inquiry HMST 101 3

Students choose one course in Color/Design Category

Found and Focused FF 120A 3
Surface and Screen FF 120B 3

Students choose one course in Form/Space Category

Body/World/Machine FF 130B 3
Prototype/Situate/Fabricate FF 130A 3

Students choose one course in System/Time Category

Haptics and Optics FF 140A 3
Cartographies  FF 140B 3

Choose one from Program Electives

One elective course from any program 3
Total Credits for the First Year Experience 30