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.

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 
  • Ethically Conscious Documentary Photography This course is an introduction to documentary photography, with a heightened emphasis on the ethics and roles of photographers when documenting. Through weekly assignments, discussions, and reviews, students will explore the history of photography and the role it plays in contemporary social movements, constructing narratives, and autonomy based on who is behind and in front of the camera. Saturdays: starting Sept. 12 / 9:00 am - 12:15 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:

  • Information Visualization Basics This course will explore the types of powerful, data-driven visual narratives that are rising in demand across industries. Students will be introduced to “big data” and various design strategies to effectively distill complex information through a compelling visual narrative. Tuesdays: starting Sept. 1 / 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 
  • 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 

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.