Graduate Community

Fall Graduate Orientation 2021

Graduate Student Orientation will take place Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 29th with required activities on Monday, August 23rd and Tuesday August 24th.

Orientation will have two components: an online experience that you can complete in advance of your arrival on campus, and a hybrid orientation (including on-campus and virtual activities) to help you acclimate to MICA and campus life the week of August 23rd leading up to the first day of classes.

Fall 2021 Orientation
(On-Campus and Virtual Events)

We cannot wait to welcome you to campus and are working hard to ensure that we are able to do so in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of our community. Your Orientation experience on-campus and through select virtual activities will focus on making connections with incoming and current MICA students, and getting you familiar with campus life. Required orientation activities are scheduled on August 23rd and 24th with optional opportunities throughout the week to share and network with staff, faculty, students, alumni and community partners that collectively enhance and inform the graduate experience. The Fall Orientation 2021 Schedule at a Glance can be found here. 

Welcome from Stacey Salazar, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

Congratulations on your acceptance to a MICA graduate program! 

Since its founding in 1826, MICA has tailored its pedagogy, facilities, campus, and delivery models to best support art and design practices and to build a vibrant creative community. Within Graduate Studies, each of our graduate programs feature small cohorts of students, specialized rigorous curricula, a campus location customized to program needs, and faculty and guests recognized for their expertise. And this coming fall, after navigating the many challenges and opportunities of this past year, we look forward to building on what we have learned by integrating new experiences into your graduate education.

This past year has reminded all of us that we live in an unpredictable world. Artists, designers, educators, and creative change makers must be ready to be part of the restorative and innovative change the world needs, and to do that, we must be nimble and resilient. With you, we will continue to ask the urgent questions about how disciplines, our College, our graduate community, and we as individuals – must and will respond.  Indeed, there is no more opportune time than this year, and no better place than Graduate Studies at MICA. We, the faculty and staff of Graduate Studies, look forward to welcoming you to the fall semester.

Stay well, travel safe, and we’ll see you very soon!

Fall 2021 Graduate Canvas Orientation Course 

We’ve designed a robust virtual experience that will introduce you to MICA’s community, values, and resources through a set of online modules. You will be automatically enrolled in the Graduate Student Orientation Canvas Course and will receive an email notification to your MICAmail. To access your Online Orientation, log into Canvas, our digital learning platform, using your MICA credentials. (We recommend bookmarking this page – you will likely use Canvas for your fall coursework/classes!) Your Online Orientation course should appear on your Canvas Dashboard, or under Courses. Incoming international graduate students will also be enrolled in a second course Resources for International Students, which is required.Begin these Online Orientations at your own convenience. Feel free to go at your own pace - you can start and stop modules at any time.Questions?

We’re here to help! Please visit for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation, as well as ongoing updates. You can also email with any specific questions you may have.  To register for the 2021 Fall Orientation, visit This Page.

For more information about campus resources or your transition to Baltimore you are welcome to reach out to any of our able staff at in the Graduate Studies Office.

Graduate Studies Team

Meet the Graduate Studies Staff

Visit this page to see all of the staff members who will be there to assist you as you take on your graduate degree.

Get to Know the MICA Portal

myMICA is where students, faculty and staff can access services and resources that provide self-service for things like student registration, grade reports, class rosters and other information.

Click below access the myMICA Portal. When you log into myMICA with your username and password for the first time, you will be asked to set up two-factor authentication with Duo. Please follow the instructions at the Duo link below. After that, you will need to re-authenticate every 30 days on each device you use to access myMICA or services accessed through the website such as Canvas.