International Admission - Graduate Students

A message from President Samuel Hoi

As the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the United States, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is at the forefront of art and design education with an international reputation. With a mission to empower our students to forge creative, purposeful lives and careers in a diverse and changing world, we take great pride in the excellence of our faculty, the quality of our students, and the accomplishments of our alumni. MICA’s undergraduate curricula, with 26 programs of study, span the traditional to the cutting edge—from analog fine arts and design to digital media, encouraging students to mix and match for customization. Recognized in the top 10 graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, graduate students pursue their work within a dynamic network of 20 specialized

On both undergraduate and graduate levels, a MICA education balances creativity, innovation, personal development, and career preparation. Faculty, artists-in-residence, and visiting artists offer individualized critiques and mentorship to uniquely shape each student’s experience.

Our caring culture honors each student’s ideas and vision while fostering learning experiences that allow our students to challenge their own assumptions, take risks, and transform their work. And the studios, workspaces, and fabrication labs provide the space, technology, and equipment necessary for
students to expand their artistic practices.

We welcome you to join MICA’s best and brightest talent and MAKE the world you imagine.


Samuel Hoi


Professional Equipment & Facilities

The space and facilities dedicated to graduate study truly set MICA apart. Each graduate program has its own space appropriate to student needs, including individual studios and personalized work stations. MICA also offers one of the best visual arts libraries in the nation.Technology is continually upgraded to serve artists working at an advanced level, and graduate students and faculty have access to an expansive Graduate Research Lab, prototyping and fabrication labs, a metal shop, wood shops, 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, and computer-controlled milling machines.

Visiting Artists

The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series provides students with opportunities to learn from and interact with artists, designers, and critics across disciplines and practices through public talks, small class seminars, and in-studio critiques.

Recent speakers include Xu Bing, MacArthur Award-winning artist, China; Tania Bruguera, performance artist, Cuba; Hank Willis Thomas, conceptual artist and social activist, USA; Christopher K. Ho, artist and curator, Hong Kong; and Shirin Neshat, filmmaker and photographer, Iran, among many others.

Mixed Media Speaker Series

The Mixed Media Speaker Series brings artists, designers, scholars, curators, and educators who are working at the forefront of their fields to MICA’s campus. These important and imaginative public events address the diversity of practice in our fields and the complex relationships among art, culture, identity, politics, and belonging in the contemporary world.

Graduate Research Development Grants

Research Development Grants create opportunities for MFA and MA students to further their research/creative nprojects by offering financial support up to $500 USD on a competitive basis.

Social Desgin Fellowships

The Center for Social Design has developed a number of opportunities for current MASD students to pursue professional, paid, part-time fellowships with a variety of institutions during their time at MICA.


You+ is a graduate professional development checklist with recommended curricular and cocurricular activities. Upon completion, students may apply for Meyerhoff Continuum funding to advance realworld goals and projects.

UP/Start Venture Competition

This competition annually awards investment funding up to $100,000 USD to MICA students and recent alumni.

Graduate Employment on Campus

MICA offers a wide variety of on-campus employment opportunities for Graduate Students. Positions offered on a semester or yearly basis and include curatorial fellows, graduate research lab assistants, program assistants, and exhibition assistants, among other opportunities.

Janine D’Adamo, Associate Director of Graduate Admission