The Master in Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design (M.P.S. BAD) provides a comprehensive, highly concentrated education in business management specifically for artists, designers, and related professions. Fundamental to the work of these creative professionals is the production of creative goods and services--yet until now there has been no business degree specifically focused on their unique needs.
This innovative Master's program meets this need with a curriculum that is designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to start, sustain, or grow an art or design related business, or to be a dynamic creative manager working with or within a business. Completed online in just 15 months, with three brief residencies, it allows you to study full-time while maintaining your current work-life balance.
From pitching your idea to crafting a strong marketing strategy, to developing contractual and financial documents, students are guided through every facet of
Students learn the intricacies of intellectual property, human resources, contracts and negotiations, and marketing from successful business people and industry experts. The unique residency enables you to work together on MICA's campus, allowing students to build a network of colleagues while learning the most current ideas and best practices.
The program includes a unique three-day residency on MICA’s campus in Baltimore providing students with opportunities to build a network of colleagues, interact with business professionals, and learn the most current ideas and best practices for running their business. This residency is an important part of your graduate experience not found in other programs.
What is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree?
Focuses on an applied field of study
Develops practical skills
Perfect for current and aspiring professionals
Delivered online over just 15 months
Residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration
Students maintain a work-life balance
The MICA Canvas environment is a flexible and adaptive platform so students can conveniently access content. Each faculty member holds a weekly live class delivered through Zoom web-conferencing software, whereby students can discuss topics with faculty and classmates. Lectures are recorded so students can revisit them at any time. Students also have access to MICA's web-based resources such as Adobe Creative Suite, Lynda.com, MyMICA (MICA’s student portal), Decker Library and Media Resources Center, and Business Source Premier(the industry's most used business research database).
Who Should Apply
Designed for students from a variety of disciplines including visual artists, designers, architects, illustrators, musicians, actors, writers, craft persons, performing artists, and other creative professionals this program is ideal for individuals with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a drive for business success, and a willingness to commit to an intensive learning experience.