Non-Degree Learning Opportunities

MICA's non-degree learning opportunities offer a rich and varied schedule for anyone interested in pursuing the study of art and design at MICA.

Each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), MICA offers undergraduates and lifelong learners opportunities to take courses in various areas of study including fine arts, design, art history and the humanities through our Community Education, Professional Practice, and Undergraduate Classes. For Fall 2020, all Open Studies courses, workshops, and classes will be held remotely. 

Community Education

Through Community Education courses, taught by MICA’s excellent faculty, adult artists can build skills and develop confidence in a variety of fine art disciplines. Introductory courses provide the foundation for learning techniques and concepts while advanced courses encourage students to further explore their creativity.

Remote learning courses for Fall 2020 are now open for registration. Click here to view all.

Our  Fall 2020 Community Education offerings include beginner and intermediate courses and workshops from photography to painting and drawing for people looking to spark their creativity and create art. 

  • Water Color Basics Students learn the fundamentals of watercolor and build a vocabulary of approaches to this versatile medium.  The course begins with essential techniques, such as color mixing and the properties of transparent pigments, basic brush strokes, selecting paper and palettes, and analysis of techniques used by other artists. Wednesdays: starting Sept. 9 / 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm 
  • Cyanotype This two-day remote workshop will explore the possibilities of working with the Cyanotype process in both traditional and contemporary methods. Since 1842, Cyanotype, also known as blue prints, has been one of the most stable yet experimental alternative photographic processes. Students will learn to mix, coat, and make images using cyanotypes. Saturdays: Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 / 10 am - 4 pm 

Professional Practice

Design professionals can advance their knowledge through MICA’s Professional Practice courses in the areas of graphic design, web design, advertising, and creative entrepreneurship. Real-world issues are discussed and innovative projects are assigned to provide a well-rounded, meaningful experience aimed at preparing students for challenges that are faced in art and design careers.

Remote learning courses for Fall 2020 are now open for registration. Click here to view all.

Our  Fall 2020 Professional Practice offerings include beginner and intermediate courses and workshops from design to branding and entrepreneurship for people looking to level up in their careers:

  • Graphic Design 101 In this two-day workshop, explore the methods and tools to create effective designs for marketing, web, print, branded spaces and objects. Join the world of visual design with MICA, learning best practices from expert instructors that bring your business alive. In a workshop format, we will explore a range of visual exercises that can be applied to a variety of designed objects. Wednesdays: Oct. 7, 17, 21 / 6:00 pm - 9:20 pm 
  • New Workshop: Personal Brand Management This two-day workshop will cover the basics of branding and give students the tools they need to establish a personal brand that can stick with them throughout their careers. Students will learn why it’s essential to have a personal brand, how to create their own, and how to build and maintain their brand across job changes. Saturdays: Oct. 10 & 17 / 10 am - 4 pm

Undergraduate Courses

Each winter & summer, the Undergraduate courses are designated as three-credit classes and are open to MICA undergraduates and all serious-minded students, including community education students.