PreCollege

Curriculum and Sample Schedule

MICA's PreCollege Art and Design Residency Program is an intensive college-level experience designed to help participants make the leap from thinking like high school art students to thinking like an artist.

All classes are college level, live sessions with built in independent work time, so be prepared to give the maximum time and effort both in and out of class. You must complete all curriculum units to receive college credit. Faculty and MICA Undergraduate staff will support you and provide regular and ongoing feedback throughout the program. 

Below you'll find the course offerings for each session, alongside course descriptions and a sample schedule. 

  • Session One: 2-week July 2 - July 15 course options: Ceramics, Drawing the Figure, Fiber: Dye, Felt, Weave, Graphic Design, Hand Drawn Animation, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Art, Painting the Figure in Acrylic, Printmaking: Painterly Print
  • Session Two: 2-week July 16 - July 29 course options: 2D Animation, Alternative Processes in Photography, Ceramics: Throw, Fire, Glaze, Digital Fabrication: Objects and Places, Film and Video, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting the Figure in Oil



Offered: July 3 - July 14

Ceramics: The Figurative Form

This course explores the use of ceramics within a mixed media context to explore the full potential of the figurative form. From working with the live model to more contemporary approaches exploring figurative sculpture, students will learn a variety of ceramic techniques as well as exploring clay within a mixed media context. Students will learn about a number of firing and finishing options, building skills and taking new risks. Students will have access to MICA’s state of the art ceramics studio and a wide range of ceramics materials including different types of clay, slips and glazes.

Offered: July 3 - July 14

Drawing the Figure

In this course, students work from live nude models to investigate the technical challenges and expressive potential of a range of drawing media and approaches. In addition to investigating the human form, students work through a progression of drawings that investigate how different approaches to the figure can address mood, spirit, intensity, viewpoints, and emotion. Students will produce a portfolio of figure drawings that range in style from traditional to more contemporary and conceptual approaches that embody a student's personal artistic vision.

Offered: July 3 - July 14

Printmaking: Painterly Print

Monotype printmaking allows the artist to create one-of-a-kind prints that may be painterly or graphic, colorful or monochromatic. The direct nature of the process invites exploration, experimentation, and discovery. Through technical demonstrations and the study of historical and contemporary printmakers, students are introduced to the many possibilities offered by this unique medium. Individual and group critiques support each student’s progress as they apply new techniques to develop a thematic body of work.

Offered: July 3 - July 14

Fiber: Dye, Felt, Weave

Students will learn techniques such as fabric dyeing, wet felting and weaving in order to create expressive and meaningful sculptural artforms. Working in MICA's well equipped Fiber Arts center students will have the opportunity to learn professional processes, use state of the art equipment and combine their unique artistic vision with fibers' special expressive quality.

Offered: July 3 - July 14

Interdisciplinary Art

Interdisciplinary art uses a combination of art forms and explores a multifaceted approach to making. What is the piece doing? Does it tell a story? Evoke a feeling? Focusing on several concepts, students who take this course are encouraged to investigate the relationship between form, material, process and personal expression .Students may work in a variety of forms such as sculpture, performance art, collage, fiber, fashion, installation, video and photography as they learn to develop personally significant directions for making work and building a cohesive themed portfolio.

Offered in 2-week and 4-week sessions

Illustration

Illustration tells a visual story, provides visual interpretation, or creates a visual explanation of a narrative, concept, or process. Illustrators create images for posters, flyers, magazines, books, animations, and video games. Students in Illustration apply approaches to contemporary illustration as a means for creating or supporting a narrative/story. Students consider issues of character development, sequential imagery, storytelling genres, and the relationship between text and image. Final portfolios include a range of work exploring different illustration markets and genres.

Offered: July 3 - July 14

Hand Drawn Animation

Animation students explore image, motion, character, and narrative storytelling through traditional hand drawn techniques. Students in this course will be challenged to create work from their personal experiences and will work both independently and collaboratively. Portfolios will include concept drawings, storyboards, and completed short animations.

Offered in 2-week and 4-week sessions

Graphic Design

Type, image, composition, color, and concept, are among the essential tools used by graphic designers to solve visual challenges. Graphic Designers create posters, websites, logos/branding, product packaging, and signage. Students in this course will utilize the Adobe Creative Cloud software to take on real-world design industry challenges. Students will find their own voice as they develop designs with commercial, social, public, and political impact. Assignments will emphasize the use of symbols, sequential design, the integration of imagery, typography, and conceptual thinking. Final projects contain fully realized and executed designs that combine innovative solutions through their personal voice as a designer.

Offered: July 17 - July 28

Ceramics: Throw, Fire, Glaze

This course explores the use of wheel throwing in ceramics as a process of innovation and exploration. Students will explore how the potter’s wheel can be used as a tool and as a jumping-off point for questions about form, function, design and the potential of ceramics in sculptural applications. Students will learn about a number of firing and finishing options, including Raku firing. They will build skills and refine existing ones, creating more inventive, larger and more complicated forms. Students will have access to MICA’s state of the art ceramics studio and a wide range of ceramics materials including different types of clay, slips and glazes.

Offered: July 17 - July 28

Alternative Processes in Photography

Students will explore unique alternative photography printing processes such as cyanotype, salt prints, photograms and pinhole images. They will also have the opportunity to be introduced to the magic of analogue photography through demonstrations involving the large format camera and tintype process. Working in MICA's well equipped and state of the art analog and digital facilities, students will get a chance to experience all that alternative processes have to offer and create unique portfolio pieces.

Offered: July 17 - July 28

Digital Fabrication & Prototyping

People interact with objects and places on a daily basis. From museums, to parking meters and subways- objects and places can be interacted with in many different ways. In this course students will evaluate what artists and designers do to improve and challenge public spaces. Students will think critically about the purpose of objects and places and how they can be context to develop new designed objects and places. Working in various scales from handheld to life size, students will learn product design methods, 3D printing, laser cutting and receive hands-on experience in prototyping methods, and computer-aided drawing (CAD) in MICA's digital fabrication studio.

Offered: July 17 - July 28

Painting the Figure in Oil

This course focuses on building proficiency for painting the human figure. Working from a live nude model, students will learn proportion and anatomy and how to use oil paint to explore formal and expressive elements of form, texture, movement, color, and composition. Students will produce a portfolio that includes ambitious artwork that confronts the demands of large-scale format painting, portraiture, narrative painting, and the intensity with which paint expresses ideas.

Offered: July 17 - July 28

2D Digital Animation

Animation students will explore image, motion, character, and narrative storytelling through 2D digital techniques with an introduction to stop motion. Students will be challenged to create work from their personal experiences and will work both independently and collaboratively. Portfolios will include concept drawings, storyboards, and completed short animations.

Sample Weekly Schedule (all times are EST)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00a - 8:30a Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Activities (Baltimore Tours) / Fitness Center 
9:00a - 12p  Class Class Baltimore Art Exploration Class Class Activities (Baltimore Tours) / Fitness Center 
12p - 1p Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Field Trip Community Building Program and/or Studio Time
1p - 4p Class Class Studio Class Class Field Trip Breakroom and/or Studio Time
4:00p - 5:00p Activities / Trips / Fitness Center  Activities / Trips / Fitness Center  Activities / Trips / Fitness Center  Activities / Trips / Fitness Center  Activities / Trips / Fitness Center  Visiting Artist/Lecture Visiting Artist/Lecture and/or Studio Time
5:30p - 7:00p Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Game Night Coffee House
7:00p - 9:00p Workshops Staff talks Workshop Visiting artist talk Activities Activities
9:30p - 10:00p Evening check-in Evening check-in Evening check-in Evening check-in Evening check-in Evening check-in Evening check-in