Offices & Divisions

Office of Open Studies

MICA Open Studies is helping to define the Maryland Institute College of Art as a 21st-century leader in the education of artists and designers.

We fuel creative journeys through convenient and innovative learning models that provide broad access to the college’s rigorous art and design education.

For non-degree seeking students, each semester (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer), we provide a wide range of community education in fine arts and professional practice design courses, and youth and teen programs.

If you would like to view our current offerings for adults, youth, and teens visit

For degree-seeking students, choose from an advanced degree in Master of Professional Studies (MPS) inUX Design, Data Analytics and Visualization, and Business of Art and Design or a Master of Art and Master of Business Administration (MA/MBA) in Design Leadership, the dual-degree program in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. 


Adult Non-Degree Course Offerings

Community Education

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.

Adult Non-Degree Course Offerings

Professional Practice

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.

Grades K-8

Young People's Studios (YPS)

From drawing and painting to digital illustration and photography and everything in between, workshops for students in grades K-8 are designed to spark creativity, encourage invention, and nurture artistic innovation. Students study and work in a spectrum of media that form the foundation of art and design. YPS Art and Design Courses are offered during the school year as Weekend Art Classes, and during the Summer as Summer Art Camp.

Programs for Teens

High School Studios

Hone in on your skills while creating pieces for your portfolio. High School Studios helps students in grades 9-12 get a head start on understanding what colleges are looking for and how to develop a collection of work that stands out. Students can learn about new areas of art and design, experiment with new mediums, and gain more experience in one they love.

MPS and MA/MBA Degrees

Graduate Degree Seeking Programs

Students seeking an advanced degree can choose between four fully online MPS programs in UX Design, Data Analytics and Visualization, Product Management, and Business of Art and Design or a dual-degree in Design Leadership (MA/MBA) with Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. The MA/MBA degree and all MPS degrees are offered through the Office of Open Studies.

Undergraduate Courses

Each winter & 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.

Asynchronous Online Learning

Course: Graphic Design History & Methods

Renowned authors and leading faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Brockett Horne and Ellen Lupton challenge designers to build effective, sustainable, ethical, and rewarding creative practices. Graphic design is all around us. From apps and infographics to theme parks and bike lanes, every public place and interactive product employs design to influence behavior and craft memorable experiences. In a series of conversations, Horne and Lupton combine ideas from art, business, psychology, and critical theory with a range of new and established design methodologies. This program offers insights into essential aspects of graphic design practice, from history to theory and methods.

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Office of Open Studies


Bunting Center 1400 W Mount Royal Ave Baltimore, MD 21217