Pre-College Policies

Policies and Procedures

Credit and Evaluation

Students earn 2 credits for satisfactory completion of the Pre-College Art & Design Residency Program. The level of performance in the classes will be indicated by letter grades ranging from A to F. A final grade of C and above are eligible for college credit at MICA. 

Grading and Transcripts

Students who successfully complete the Pre-College program will earn 2 undergraduate level credits for the 4-week program upon final grade review. Students must earn a passing grade of a C or better in order to receive college credit.  Faculty consider participation, assignments, and attendance when grading students. Grade reports and official transcripts for the Pre-College program show the final grade only. Approximately two weeks after the program ends you will be able to view your grades on the MICA portal by logging in with your credentials.

Please view this link for information on how to view/request your transcript.

Admission Criteria and Who May Apply

MICA's Pre-College Art & Design Residency Program is an extremely popular program, attracting both students who have been taking art courses for a long time and those who are relatively new to the study of art. Consequently, the admission process is designed to assure a good fit between the applicant and the program. Current high school sophomores and juniors may apply to MICA's Pre-College Art & Design Residency Program.

International students of equivalent grade level with a demonstrated proficiency in the English language are welcome to apply. 

How to Prepare Your Portfolio

All pieces in your portfolio of artwork must be marked with your name, media, dimensions, and month/year completed. 

Click here to visit MICAs Portfolio Preparation page for first year undergraduate applicants. 

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit a complete application, including all forms and portfolio, online through Slideroom. Please follow the Apply Now button 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 

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.

Note: We only accept portfolios through Slideroom. Do not mail, email, or fax submissions. 

Right to Reproduce Policy

Maryland Institute College of Art reserves the right to reproduce without notification any documentation of students or artwork produced by students while attending the College's degree and Open Studies programs; this reproduction will be for non-commercial purposes only, and may include print publications, institutional websites, e-communications, multimedia presentations, and documents about the College for admission, recruitment, fundraising, or institutional informational purposes.

Statement of Equal Opportunity and Services to the Disabled

In compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, Maryland Institute College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or applicable veteran's status in the administration of its educational activities, or with respect to employment.

It is the policy of Maryland Institute College of Art to provide those auxiliary aids and services that may be necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals unless providing such auxiliary aids and services would result in an undue burden. Present or prospective students desiring further information should contact MICA Open Studies.

Program Policy

The Pre-College Program is an intensive college-level experience designed to help participants make the leap from thinking like a high school art and design student to thinking like an artist—making work that reflects a new level of skill and personal vision, learning new perspectives through daily critiques and building a strong portfolio of new work. All classes are college level, asking students to dedicate maximum time and effort to their coursework both in and out of class. Students and parents should be aware that some pre-college classes use nude models. Study of the nude explores issues of form, structure, volume, movement, and composition. Additionally, some topics and art shown or discussed in Pre-College classes contain academically relevant adult themes.

The College fully supports students’ right to artistic expression, however, students must comply with MICA policies in order to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. The MICA Pre-College program participants are minors and therefore the Pre-College program prohibits students creating works of art that include depictions of sexual conduct or nudity involving minors. The program also prohibits works of art that include depictions of violence, harm to self or others, or content that depicts discriminatory or biased behaviors or messages that lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

Subject to Change

Maryland Institute College of Art reserves the right to make changes affecting policies, fees, curricula, or to cancel or reschedule any class or to change instructors. It also reserves the right to deny any student permission to enter or continue a class or program.