Summer Pre-College

Application Procedures + Deadlines


Final deadline: April 30, 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. Apply beginning November 1, 2019 to secure your spot and receive priority scholarship consideration.

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.

Choose one of three program options:

  • 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 includes tuition, room and board, after-class activities, and health center fee:

  • 5-Week Program: estimated $6,400 (a savings of $560)
  • 3-Week Session: estimated $4,110
  • 2-Week Session: estimated $2,850

Application Materials Required

Online Option

Applicants must submit a complete application, including all forms and portfolio, online through Slideroom at This application will be updated for 2020 on November 1, 2019. Please follow the link to set up an account. You will be prompted through the application process. The online application option includes all required forms, attachments, and a non-refundable $50 application fee.

Preparing Your Digital Portfolio on CD or USB Drive (Formatting Guidelines)

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.

Still imagery (painting, photography, sculpture, and digitally created art) should be submitted as jpegs saved at 72 dpi resolution and at a size of 600 pixels in the longest direction. Allowed media types: Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 250 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each), 3D Models and external media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Please make certain that your work is clearly labeled with title, year, month, medium and size and your name. 

Note: Please do not email or fax portfolios. We cannot accept portfolios sent via email or fax.

Apply November 1!

In order to apply online, you must first create a SlideRoom account. Create an account by clicking Signup. Once you have created an account you can return at any time to update your application. After your application is submitted, you will not be able to make any changes.