Creative Entrepreneurship

First Year Makers

MICA’S First Year Makers in Creative Entrepreneurship is a new year-long program focused on integrating studio research with emergent technologies, project-based learning, professional practice, and financial literacy.

Entrepreneurial minded students of all interests and backgrounds can apply to be a part of the First Year Makers program.  Students selected for this experience will live together in Leake Hall, be enrolled in entrepreneurial focused FYE classes and participate in co-curricular programming specifically designed to support budding entrepreneurship.     

First Year students who have been admitted to MICA will be eligible to apply for the Fellowship. 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.


Program Highlights

  • Live-Learn Residential Community based in Leake Hall
           - Assigned Staff Mentor 
           - Monthly Group Dinners/Lunches with Live-Learn Community faculty, staff, and mentors
           - Access to Make Cool Stuff Laboratory in Leake Hall
  • Students will be enrolled in team-taught FYE classes that examine entrepreneurial and professional practices.  
  • Two all-expenses paid weekend field trips with participating students and faculty to New York or any other city in the Northeast region with an emphasis on creative industries (all transportation, meals, lodging included).
  • Access to a course-specific Materials Fund
  • Financial Wellness and Professional Practice Workshops

First Year Makers Application

How to Apply:
Once you have been admitted to MICA, you will be sent a link to apply for this fellowship.

Submission of a creative response to a set of questions below:
Submission can take the form of a 1-2 minute video, a 750 word written response, or a 6-15 slide creative slideshow

1) Why you? Why MICA?
2) What two words would you use to describe yourself? Why do you identify with these words?
3) What might you bring to a live-learn community based in Creative Entrepreneurship at MICA?
4) What are you passionate about; what do you care about?
5) One question for us to consider as we launch this new program?

Application Considerations:
A jury of staff and faculty will review your video, essay or creative slideshow. We will also review the portfolio you submitted to MICA in your initial application.

The jury will be looking for your video, essay or slideshow to demonstrate your interest in Creative Entrepreneurship and your desire to participate in a live-learn fellowship at MICA.

Courses for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021: Pilot Year

FF 120B Color/Design/Pattern 3 Credits
Patterns are everywhere around us: embedded in surfaces, situated in screens, and emerging from everyday interaction, connection, and communication. In this immersive color and design course, students attend to pattern in all its physical and metaphorical manifestations in order to explore the ways in which image and idea emerge from the organization of form and the interaction of color. Using iterative and experimental processes, students engage with contemporary notions of visual literacy, abstraction, composition, and cultural agency – ­ in order to deepen their understanding of color and design while developing their own visual language.

FF 130A Prototype/Situate/Fabricate 3 Credits
Contemporary artists and designers create, represent, respond to, and reflect – on form, function and structures in space – by prototyping their ideas, by situating themselves and the objects they make in real and imagined worlds, and by fabricating forms that address real-world problems or that prompt us to articulate new ones. As developing artists and designers, students in this course create, represent, respond, and reflect in order to prototype, situate, and fabricate structures in space. Students experience these ways of working through additive and subtractive fabrication, digital and analog approaches, engagement with diverse materials, and research of ecological, social, and cultural implications of the impact on the built world.