At a Glance

The Maryland Institute College of Art is a college on the cutting edge – built on nearly 200 years of tradition.

MICA (pronounced “my-ka’) is home to top-ranked fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Our alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as the College remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.


Founded in 1826, MICA is the oldest independent, continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the U.S.


The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 45 states and 56 countries.

Top 10

M.F.A. programs in the visual arts:
#4 in Graphic Design
#6 in Painting & Drawing; Sculpture
#8 in Fine Arts
(U.S. News & World Report)


Number of professional artists, designers, art historians, poets and writers from Yale, Harvard, Cooper Union, & other prestigious universities.


Number of visiting artists, critics, designers, poets , writers, and art historians from across the United States and around the world each year.


Number of states represented in MICA's student body. (Undergraduate and Graduate.)


MICA's student-faculty ratio is 9:1.