Drawing can inform an artist in a way that is not easily matched.

Learning to draw means learning to discern the qualities of visual forms and the spaces they occupy. We believe that these skills and the creative possibilities explored through drawing are as important for those pursuing a career in the applied arts as they are for the fine artist. To that end, MICA is committed to achieving the highest level of drawing proficiency among its students. 

Program Overview

The Drawing Department serves as both a foundation for all other departments and a resource for upper-level electives. It also offers a vigorous, in-depth program of study for those choosing a major in drawing. The course of study for drawing majors is intentionally broad and open. In all, students have 14 electives, some of which are open to any studio department and others that are restricted to painting, printmaking, or drawing.

The underlying strength of the drawing program is in the mid-level studio courses. All students, except for those majoring in photography, environmental design, and graphic design, are required to take a life drawing and a studio drawing course. It is strongly recommended that these courses be taken in the sophomore year, because the intellectual capacities in judgments about formal relationships that these courses develop are, in every sense of the word, a prerequisite to higher-level work in one's own major. In keeping with the department's philosophy, these courses are woven around subjects that have played central roles in the traditions of western art: the nude, still life, interiors, landscapes, nature study, the portrait, composition, and others. In the upper-level studios, drawing courses are more varied and esoteric, encouraging personal expression and inviting visual experimentation and imaginative solutions.

Internships

Design Your Creative Pathway to Success

Internships are key to building experience as a student. MICA's Drawing majors have interned in the studios of artists such as Tony Shore and Sherry Wolf, at the Herman Maril Foundation, with an exhibit designer for the National Aquarium and for Flat Vernacular, a Brooklyn-based specialty wallpaper company founded by MICA alumni.

The Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development can help you identify opportunities, and guide you through planning.

Charcoal drawing of a person sitting in a chair.
Drawing by Haley Manchon
Color pencil drawing
Large-scale painting of figures struggling against one another.
Charcoal drawing of a person sitting in a chair.

Work in Progresss

Drawing B.F.A.

Artist
Shay McCafferty
Medium
Charcoal Pencil
Dimensions
22 x 30 inches
Drawing by Haley Manchon

Glitch I

Drawing B.F.A.

Artist
Haley Manchon
Date
2017
Medium
Colored pencil
Dimensions
12 x 16 inches
Color pencil drawing

The Entrance of Hell

Drawing B.F.A.

Artist
Ki Yeun Kim
Medium
Color pencil
Large-scale painting of figures struggling against one another.

Family Portrait

Drawing B.F.A.

Artist
Elizabeth Durham
Medium
Mixed media
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