Experience one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for rising high school junior and senior artists and designers.

MICA’s PreCollege Art and Design Residency Program offers rising high school juniors and seniors college-level art and design experiences. Take part in a transformative experience with creative-minded peers, and learn new skills that help you explore the “why” behind your art. As a junior or senior, you can earn up to three college credits through this program.

PreCollege focuses on academic rigor and personal creative growth, as well as experience practicing with a college level curriculum. The program is a combination of live instruction, independent studio time, and a variety of community events, workshops and artist talks. Students live on campus during the residency and will receive ongoing support and feedback from MICA faculty and Undergraduate staff, as well as build a community of peer support through critiques and collaboration. Program costs include tuition, fees, housing, and meals. Art materials and travel expenses are not included in the cost of the program.

Summer 2024 Dates 
2-Week Session One: Sunday June 30 - Saturday July 13
Cost: $3,600 | Credits: 1.5
2-Week Session Two: Sunday July 14 - Saturday July 27
Cost: $3,600 | Credits: 1.5
4-Week Combined Sessions: Sunday June 30 - Saturday July 27
Cost: $7,200 | Credits: 3

If accepted, a $250 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot in the program. The deposit goes towards the program tuition cost.

Questions about PreCollege? Submit them here!

Application Closed

Applications for PreCollege 2024 closed April 30, 2024.

We Welcome International PreCollege Students!

We’re excited to have you on campus, and introduce you to Baltimore, Maryland! We anticipate a fun and exciting program, filled with culture, community, and exploration as we help you to build your portfolio and prepare you for what it’s like to attend and study at an art & design school. If you have any questions regarding language proficiency test scores, temporary health insurance, or next steps, please contact our office at precollege@mica.edu or call us at (410) 225-2219.

I ❤️ Baltimore

Located at the heart of the United States' east coast art corridor, Baltimore offers tremendous art resources-including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, and a thriving art scene with both underground and nationally renowned galleries featuring the work of contemporary artists.

Annie Hua - Painting 2023 + Enlarge
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Annie Hua - Painting

PreCollege 2023 student

Anniee Hua
PreCollege 2023

Anna Ford II - Ceramics

PreCollege 2023 student

Anna Ford II
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