Creative Entrepreneurship

First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship

MICA’S First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship is a year-long program for incoming first-year students focused on integrating studio research with emergent technologies, project-based learning, professional practice, and financial literacy. This community will allow you to explore the entrepreneurial mindset and gain the knowledge and skills to propel your studies at MICA and help to prepare you for a wide range of creative professional careers that support a purposeful and successful life.

Who can apply?

Entrepreneurial minded students of all interests and backgrounds can apply to be a part of the First Year Fellows program.  First Year students who have been admitted to MICA for Fall 2023 are eligible to apply for the program.      

Program Highlights

  • Enrollment in co-taught First Year Experience classes that examine entrepreneurial and professional practices.  
  • Special access to Make Cool Stuff Laboratory in Leake Hall through sign-up process 
  • Fellows Talks with entrepreneurs & industry professionals
  • Fall and spring field trips that emphasize the creative industries (all transportation, meals, lodging included) *dependent on MICA operational mode.  
  • A Live Learn Community in Leake Hall
  • Course-specific Materials Fund ($250 per semester)
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio- approximately 10 students to 1 faculty member
  • Financial Wellness and Professional Practice Workshops 

Live/ Learn Community- What does that mean?

Students selected for this experience will live together in Leake Hall, be enrolled in entrepreneurial-focused First Year Experience classes, and participate in co-curricular programming specifically designed to support budding entrepreneurship. A designated community just for FYF students.

Application Deadline- April 24, 2024

Still have questions? (See info session recording)

If you want to hear from our faculty and students directly about the program, you can watch this recorded FYF Info Session!

First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship Application

Application Guidelines:
In a 1-2 minute video or a 750-word essay, answer the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in MICA's First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship program?
2. What are you passionate about?
3. What unique qualities will you bring to a live-learn community that is focused on Creative Entrepreneurship?

Application Considerations:
Your candidacy will be considered by a jury of faculty and staff that will review your video or essay as well as the portfolio you submitted in Slideroom as a part of your application to MICA.

Courses for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

FF120 Color Design (2D)
The course teaches first year students fundamental skills related to 2D color and design to explore design principles with color theory. Design principles include visual organization such as composition and pattern and all visual elements including text that work together in a piece of art or design. Color theory includes additive (RGB) and subtractive (CMY) color differentiation and application in physical and digital forms, color contrasts, optical illusions, and physio-psychological effects of color. The combined skills of learning design and color help students explore 2D art and design with digital and mixed media for creating work with intention, meaning, and narrative while considering the cultural impact of design and color.

Using the creation of a product as a vehicle, FYF students will also:
* Apply messaging to formal layouts in order to engage in markets
* Engage in audience research and evaluate the outcomes
* Create an audience specific or client specific project
* Utilize branding as a means to turn artwork into a product that has
economic viability.
* Develop pitch-building skills, including public speaking and preparing
printed matter, slides and video, to present your work to stakeholders

FF 130 Fabrication (3D)
The course teaches first year students fundamental fabrication skills related to 3D art and design for creating objects in space and the relationship to body, technology, and the material environment. The 3D art and design fabrication process are introduced for material exploration and spatial literacy that extends to multi-dimensional form with digital media. With conceptual framing and the iterative process, making 3D work involves selecting appropriate materials, learning tools and shop safety, and considerations of environmental sustainability.

Using the creation of a product as a vehicle, FYF students will also:
* Combine 3D learning with entrepreneurial strategy and collaboration
* Apply 3D skills and fundamentals to help innovate and solve potential
entrepreneurial problems
* Identify rational avenues for entrepreneurial success through the use of 3D
techniques and tools, and iterative work processes