English language proficiency is essential to develop as an artist/designer at MICA. Students need a strong command of English in order to understand assignments, participate in critiques, comprehend and engage in critical dialogue, and become active members of the MICA community.
Therefore, technical and conceptual art and design abilities, even when exceptional, will not be enough for success without a solid foundation in English.
MICA is committed to the continued growth and success of students for whom English is a second language. Toward this end, MICA offers instruction for language learners who enter programs with an English ability in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) at least an intermediate level and who have a strong motivation to pursue language development alongside their art/design development.
New incoming students at MICA in undergraduate studies have the opportunity to take a
summer program. This course is offered through Open Studies, and while it is not 4 week a intensive English program, it gives students an orientation to academic expectations and art & design school learning opportunities to encourage their success at MICA.
Second year and beyond coursework includes Intellectual History and 300 level courses in Humanistic Studies. This area of course work continues to develop at MICA.
Elizabeth Wagenheim, ELL coordinator
Jeanette Gerrity Gomez, Assistant Chair
First Year Experience