Majors & Minors (Undergraduate)

General Fine Arts (Major)

Versatility and exploration - this is what you can expect from MICA's General Fine Arts major.

In keeping with MICA's emphasis on interdisciplinary exploration balanced by solid training in traditional skills, the GFA major lets you shape a unique major from the full range of courses offered by the College's fine arts departments. Students who choose to major in GFA tend to be independent, enjoy incorporating various mediums into their work and are highly motivated to become versatile, resourceful artists. As a GFA major, you select courses to create a program of study that is interdisciplinary, theme-centered, or of some other cross-media or multimedia construction.

Program Overview

Because the prescribed degree plan is very open, students are expected to plan their courses very carefully so that they fulfill a personal direction. Because the department supports the idea of personal vision and personal direction, no predetermined concentrations exist.

The requirements for the general fine arts major include core courses at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels, and open electives grouped into two categories. The first category includes seven courses (21 credits) taken in fine arts. The second category of electives is more open, permitting four electives (12 credits) from any studio department.

In the GFA major, students collaborate between disciplines such as drawing and painting, or the combination of video, performance, and text. However, underlying these interdisciplinary opportunities is solid training in traditional skills.

Independent Studio Space

GFA majors benefit from the facilities at MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Studio Center, a historic industrial building just a short walk from the central campus. Located in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District, it includes independent studio space for upper-division students in drawing, painting, and GFA. The facility also allows you to rub elbows with MICA’s graduate students and be a part of a strong community of graduate and undergraduate fine artists.

Creatives at Work

The Road Less Traveled

Despite an interest in fashion, Nikki Hendricks chose to major in General Fine Arts at MICA because she "preferred the freedom of a more general exploration of her artistic work." That choice paid off. As a senior at MICA, she received an invitation to show her line "The Blends" in the 2017 New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks.

A woman in a red dress stands near a table wrapped in red yarn. The table is partially lifted off the ground by a single red balloon.
A wooden trunk filled with beaded soft sculptures.
Multi-colored yarn cascades down a stretched canvas.
Painting of a large pale pink polygon partially encased in a gray base.
A woman in a red dress stands near a table wrapped in red yarn. The table is partially lifted off the ground by a single red balloon.

Self Portrait No. 2

General Fine Arts B.F.A.

Artist
Yawen Jiang
Medium
Yarn, table and balloon
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist. 

A wooden trunk filled with beaded soft sculptures.

Depurative Trunk

General Fine Arts B.F.A.

Artist
Stephanie Rowe
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist.

Multi-colored yarn cascades down a stretched canvas.

Unity

General Fine Arts B.F.A.

Artist
Patricia McNickle
Medium
Acrylic yarn and stretched canvas
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist.

Painting of a large pale pink polygon partially encased in a gray base.

Contain 4

General Fine Arts B.F.A.

Artist
Emma Childs
Dimensions
66 x 60 inches
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist.

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