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.

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.

A preview of our Fall 2019 Community Education courses include:

  • Image in Motion This course will expand your current knowledge of using a DSLR camera for image making as well as the post production techniques applied to digital images.
  • Fundamentals of 2D Design This course will cover the origins, process and transformative material uses of natural earth pigments (mineral and oxide clay), and natural dyes.

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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.

A preview of our Fall 2019 Professional Practice courses include:

  • InDesign I This introductory course examines the capabilities of this popular document and design program, covering how to create designs for print and cross media publishing.
  • Photoshop I  Photoshop 1 is a hands-on course covering the basics, including techniques in color correction, retouching, montaging, and image manipulation.
  • Illustrator I  Illustrator 1 is an immersive, hands-on seminar covering the basics to help you get started in Illustrator.

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Undergraduate Classes

Each 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.

Open Studies Fall 2019 Catalog

Art + Design Classes for Adults, Teens, and Children

MICA Open Studies offers a rich and varied schedule for anyone interested in pursuing the study of art and design at MICA. Download our Open Studies Catalog (PDF) to explore our course offerings.

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Office of Open Studies


1229 Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore, MD 21217