The Open Studies office serves as a center of entrepreneurship, a place for enhancing community education and professional practice, and an access point where design, technology, and commerce converge. Whether you are looking for a fine arts studio course, a credit-bearing class, arts-based travel experiences, opportunities for youth, or professional graduate programs, MICA Open Studies keeps the world's door to MICA open.
Each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), MICA offers undergraduates and lifelong learners opportunities to take courses in various areas of study including fine arts, design, art history and the humanities through our Community Education, Professional Practice, and Undergraduate Classes.
Through Community Education courses, taught by MICA’s excellent faculty, adult artists can build skills and develop confidence in a variety of fine art disciplines. Introductory courses provide the foundation for learning techniques and concepts while advanced courses encourage students to further explore their creativity.
A preview of our Fall 2019 Community Education courses include:
- Wheel Throwing
- The Artist as Naturalist: Water-Based Media at the National History Society of Maryland
- Fundamentals of 2D Design
- Unearthing Pigment: Color from Natural Dyes and Earth Pigments
- Image in Motion
- Intro to Black and White Photography
Design professionals can advance their knowledge through MICA’s Professional Practice courses in the areas of graphic design, web design, advertising, and creative entrepreneurship. Real-world issues are discussed and innovative projects are assigned to provide a well-rounded, meaningful experience aimed at preparing students for challenges that are faced in art and design careers.
A preview of our Fall 2019 Professional Practice courses include:
- The Psychology of User Experience
- Personal Brand Management
- Wet-Plate Collodion
Each summer, the Undergraduate courses are designated as three-credit classes and are open to MICA undergraduates and all serious-minded students, including community education students.