Summer Pre-College

Application Procedures + Deadlines

Pre-College 2020 applications are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open on November 1, 2020.


MICA will accept applications on a rolling basis and respond with an admissions decision within three weeks of receipt of materials. Admitted applicants will then be informed of any additional requirements. 

Early Application Recommended

Due to the limited space in MICA's Pre-College Art and Design Residency Program, placement is competitive, and most spaces in the program fill prior to the final deadline. Early application is strongly recommended. Course placement is assigned based on a student's indicated preference, space availability as well as the strength of the student's portfolio.

We cannot guarantee that a student will be placed in their first-choice studio course. If all three requested classes are full, the student is notified as quickly as possible and is given the opportunity to select alternate courses.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received by the Pre-College Art and Design Residency Program; incomplete applications will not be considered.


MICA's Pre-College Art and Design Residency Program is one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for young artists and designers. Learn with MICA expert faculty, visit working professionals, earn college credit, learn how to put together an application portfolio that stands out, and dramatically expand your creative skills.

Sample dates for each program option:

  • 5-Week Program (combine the two sessions below): earn 3 credits [Dates:  June 20 - July 25, 2020]
  • 3-Week Session: earn 2 credits [Dates: July 5 - July 25, 2020]
  • 2-Week Session: earn 1 credit [Dates: June 20 - July 4, 2020]


Cost for each session (pricing for 2021 will be confirmed by November 1, 2020):

  • 5-Week Program: $4480 (previously estimated $6,400)
  • 3-Week Session: $2900 (previously $4,110)
  • 2-Week Session: $1995 (previously $2,850)

Application Materials Required

Applicants must submit a complete application, including all forms and portfolio, online through Slideroom. Click the Apply Now button to begin your application. You will be prompted through the application process. The online application option includes all required forms, attachments, an opportunity to request financial assistance, and a non-refundable $50 application fee. 

Preparing Your Portfolio for Slideroom

The digital images submitted must fairly and accurately represent the applicant's work and not have been manipulated or altered. Each student must submit original works that have been created by herself or himself that do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity. If a student's work incorporates material, including but not limited to photographs, not created by the student, the student must include an additional copy of any and all such source material in his or her application as an additional attachment. Please make certain that you include the title, year, month, medium and size and description with your Slideroom submissions. 

Note: Please do not email, mail or fax portfolios. We cannot accept physical portfolios. We only accept portfolios and applications via Slideroom.