Graduate Programs

Fine Arts (Certificate)

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts program offers an intensive fine arts studio experience that allows students to achieve a new level of mastery in art making.

Post-Bac students pursue independent work, developing a disciplined studio practice that will carry forward into graduate study or work as artists outside of an academic environment.

Program Overview

The core of the program is the Post-Baccalaureate Critique and Seminar. Students meet weekly with the program’s director and a resident artist for individual or group critiques to develop a personal direction in their work. Post-Bac Critique also includes lectures on topics related to art. Seminar topics include discussion of professional topics such as writing and speaking about one’s own work, preparing an artist's resume, applying to graduate school, taking slides, applying for grants and residencies, exhibition opportunities, legal and tax issues, and choosing a studio.

The remainder of the curriculum is tailored, through counseling with the program director, to meet the specific needs of each individual student.

Planning Your Time

At the successful completion of 30 credits, Maryland Institute College of Art grants a post-baccalaureate certificate. While most students complete the program in one year, the program may last a maximum of four semesters. Students may enter in either August or January as full-time students only. January entrance depends on the availability of space in the program. Enrollees are provided with their own studios in a renovated warehouse a few blocks from campus that also houses junior and senior individual studios. The building features secure parking, 24-hour access, and security, and includes seminar, critique, lounge, and storage space.

Who Should Apply

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is designed to serve several types of students. Many who enroll have recently graduated with a B.A. from a liberal arts college or a university art department and are looking for the intensity and depth of experience that an art school can provide. Others have taken art classes while working in other fields, are interested in making a career change, and feel the need to become intensely involved in making art. Many Post-Baccalaureate students apply to graduate programs in art and are assisted in this process. All students are encouraged to reach a level in their work that reflects a personal direction. They grow to have confidence in their abilities, which allows them to continue working beyond a structured situation once they have left the program.

The Graduate Experience

Graduate Internship Program

The goal of MICA's Graduate Internship Program is to provide our graduate degree candidates the opportunity to take on technical and pedagogical roles within our institution, and thereby to learn from real-world experiences typical of teachers and leaders in contemporary academic communities.

Photograph of a person walking two large dogs. The person is obscured by a tree so that only one arm can be seen.
Painting of four women in bright red saris walking on the seashore. The woodgrain of the panel on which the piece is painted shows through in the sand beneath their feet.
Painting with soft neon smudges and hand-like sketches. A think black curve runs from the top left corner to the bottom of the canvas.
Delicate paper cup-like sculpture connected to a plank by a length of bent mental piping.
Photograph of a person walking two large dogs. The person is obscured by a tree so that only one arm can be seen.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

Artist
Steven Sachs
Date
2013
Medium
Digital photo
Painting of four women in bright red saris walking on the seashore. The woodgrain of the panel on which the piece is painted shows through in the sand beneath their feet.

Untitled

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

Artist
Krithika Sathyamurthy
Date
2014
Medium
Oil on panel
Dimensions
48 x 48 inches
Painting with soft neon smudges and hand-like sketches. A think black curve runs from the top left corner to the bottom of the canvas.

Untitled

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

Artist
Kenny Yee
Date
2010
Medium
Oil, latex on canvas
Dimensions
50 x 46 inches
Delicate paper cup-like sculpture connected to a plank by a length of bent mental piping.

Support Systems

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

Artist
Sophie Eisner
Date
2015
Medium
Steel, paper, wood
Dimensions
14 x 23 x 35 inches
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