Maryland Institute College of Art

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Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) was founded in 1826. It is a private art and design college in Baltimore, Maryland. It was initially founded as the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts, making it one of the oldest art colleges in the United States of America. The institution (MICA) is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

University History

In 1826 Maryland Institute College of Art was founded. The Maryland Institute was established for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts by well-known citizens of Baltimore, such as Fielding Lucas Jr., John H. B. Latrobe, Hezekiah Niles and Thomas Kelso. In 1959, the Institute legally changed its name from Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts to the "Maryland Institute College of Art". It is a private art and design college situated in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America. Since 1967, The Maryland Institute College of Art is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and since 1948, by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

University Programs, Courses and Schools

Maryland Institute College of Art has 3 schools and colleges located in its campus. The campus offers wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 3 schools and colleges of the Maryland Institute College of Art are;

  • LeRoy E. HoffBerger School of Painting
  • Mount Royal School of Art
  • Rinehart School of Sculpture

University Achievements

Maryland Institute College of Art is a well-known university in the USA. It is one of the first design schools selected for the Clinton Global Initiative University. It has also been featured in Design Ignites Change, Design Observer, Fast Company, GOOD, Graphic Design USA, HOW Magazine, Metropolis, and Print.

University USP

Maryland Institute College of Art is a well-known small and prestigious institution which specializes in turning promising talent into undeniable skills. MICA’s majors include an amazing painting program and one of the best illustration programs in the United States of America.

University Notable Alumni

Maryland Institute College of Art’s alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards the university. Some of the alumni members of Maryland Institute College of Art are-

  • John Carter film director and conceptual artist
  • Heather Day, abstract painter and entrepreneur of the culinary-art startup
  • Deana Haggag, President and CEO of the national arts funding organization United States Artists
  • Tamara Dobson, actress in Cleopatra Jones and fashion model
  • Abbi Jacobson, comedian, writer, actress, and illustrator known for her work on the TV series Broad City
  • Richard Armiger, architectural model maker
  • Wright Butler, architect
  • John Jacob Zink, architect of movie houses
  • Joan Cassis 
  • Linda Day Clark 
  • Lola Flash 
  • Marilyn Nance 

University infrastructure & services


Main Building-

The Main Building at Maryland Institute College of Art is home to the painting and drawing studio, undergraduate photography department, foundation department, two departmental galleries, undergraduate admissions and the President's Office as well. The Main Building plaster replicas of Greek and Roman statues. In 1992, after renovation the building was upgraded with the facilities and constructed an additional academic and office space. 

Mount Royal Station-

In 1964, Mount Royal Station became part of Maryland Institute College of Art. It is home to the undergraduate departments of fiber and interdisciplinary sculpture, 3D classrooms, and the Rinehart School of Sculpture. On December 8, 1976, the Mount Royal Station was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks.

Dolphin Building-

The Dolphin Building at Maryland Institute College of Art located at 100 Dolphin Street. Earlier, it was home to MICA's Printmaking department and Book Arts and Printmaking concentrations and independent Dolphin Press. It is spread across 15,000 square feet of working space which is divided into three floors. In 2016, MICA demolished the Dolphin Building and prepared of a five story. in September 2017, the place reopened and now it is home to the Interactive Arts, Game Design, Product Design, and Architectural Design departments as well.

Bunting Center-

The Bunting Center at Maryland Institute College of Art is home to Liberal Arts departments, the campus Writing Center, academic advising and the registrar office. It also houses a restaurant namely Java Corner. The first floor and basement level are for the Decker Library. The Center also includes the Pinkard Gallery and Student Space Gallery.

Fox Building-

The Fox building at Maryland Institute College of Art is home to Decker Gallery, Café Doris, Meyerhoff Gallery, the Center for Art Education, the Division of Continuing Studies, as well as Ceramics, Illustration, Environmental Design, GFA, Drawing and Painting departments, the wood shop, the nature library, and Graphic Design. The Fox Building is spread across more than 60,000 square feet of area. In 2005, a second renovation of the building added another gallery and café to the place.

Bank Building-

The Bank Building at Maryland Institute College of Art is spread across 120,000-square-foot of land. The building is home to the post-baccalaureate certificate program, HoffBerger School of Painting, The Mount Royal School of Art, the Graduate Photographic and Electronic Media program, and Senior student studios.  The official name of the building is The Studio Centre.


 Libraries at Maryland Institute College of Art are an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community.  There are three libraries available on-campus- Decker Library, Nature Library and Materials Library. The libraries offer a wide range of books and other materials and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at Maryland Institute College of Art. The libraries have a vast collection of books, e-journals and e-books etc. University libraries are focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The libraries provide flexible and well-equipped surroundings to everyone’s research and learning needs. The libraries support the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contribute to advancements in teaching and research programs.                                                                                                                                        

Housing services-

On-campus- Maryland Institute College of Art offers residential communities, where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. Students have an option to reside in the residence halls. There are four residence halls present on campus are- Founders Green, Gateway, Meyerhoff House and Mt. Royal Apartments. The Maryland Institute College of Art’s residential halls and apartments offer support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. The university’s residence halls are perfect for comfortable housing.  Students can select the room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, availability. Through university’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in university’s residence halls are-

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Large lounges with kitchens
  • All-inclusive utilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Residence Life staff support
  • Programming created around a residential curriculum
  • 24-hour security and on-call housing staff

Off-campus- Maryland Institute College of Art’s Residence Life Team assists students in finding off-campus housing near university’s campus. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff nearby university.

Medical services-

The Student Health Center at Maryland Institute College of Art provides medical services to students. The Health Services encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team which responds immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high quality medical care to students.

Student’s clubs-

Maryland Institute College of Art offers more than 40 students’ clubs and organization which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The university offers everything students need to stay active on campus.

University location

1300 W Mount Royal Ave Baltimore, MD 21217

Top Landmarks-

  • Bolton Hill
  • Park Cafe & Coffee Bar 
  • Sutton Sandwich Shop 
  • Station North
  • Bolton Hill
  • Park Cafe & Coffee Bar 
  • Sutton Sandwich Shop 
  • The Brass Tap
  • Station North
  • Joe Squared
  • Mid-Town Belvedere
  • Remington
  • National Aquarium
  • Baltimore Ravens

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

Maryland Institute College of Art offers Undergraduate programs and Graduate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Art Education 5-Year (B.F.A./M.A.T.)
  • Art History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Ecosystems, Sustainability & Justice
  • Fiber
  • Film & Video
  • Game Design
  • General Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interactive Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Studio and Humanistic Studies

Student Support-

The Office of International Education at Maryland Institute College of Art provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  • Immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • Serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • Provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.

Visa and Immigration Support-

Only people who are enrolled full time in classes or are obtaining a degree are considered to be students for visa purposes. Individual will probably have one of two types of non-immigrant status:

  • F-1 status: Most are in F-1 status.
  • J-1 status: J-1 status is primarily for students who come to the United States during an exchange program, generally for a year or less.

If a person's main purpose at Maryland Institute College of Art is to work or do research (this includes Ph.D. researchers and research interns), he or she will come to university on H-1B visa. Most nonstudents come to Maryland Institute College of Art in J-1 or H-1B status.

J-1 Scholar status for nonstudents may be used for professors and researchers (who may stay up to five years), specialists in a field (who stay one year or less), and short-term scholars (who stay six months or less). 

International Student Contact-

Office address- Bunting Center1401 W Mount Royal Ave2nd Floor Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone- 410-225-2243

Email- [email protected] 

Student life

Student society-

Maryland Institute College of Art’s student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the Maryland Institute College of Art put on some of the most highly awaited campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. Maryland Institute College of Art has over 40+ student organizations, so there is something for each student.

Sports and fitness-

The Fitness Center at Maryland Institute College of Art provides activities that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for a huge population of students, faculty and staff. The university provides various sports activities and fitness rooms to keep students fit and healthy. The center hosts a variety of cardio and weight machines featuring treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free-weights, and a strength training.

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the Maryland Institute College of Art is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need.

Residential Life-

On-campus housing at the Maryland Institute College of Art can easily accommodate a huge population of students. The four residence halls include- Founders Green, Gateway, Meyerhoff House and Mt. Royal Apartments. The on-campus housing offers Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area.

Food & drink-

Maryland Institute College of Art provides dining halls in the heart of campus. Dining is open to students, faculty, and staff. There are many dining halls available for dining- Café Doris, Glace Grill, Java Corner, Meyerhoff House Dining Room and Nancy. Dining plan offers different dining options which includes special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. There are a number of cafes and restaurants available on-campus which provides a huge variety to students.

Short term getaways, weekend getaways

There are many short-term getaways near the Maryland Institute College of Art to have fun like-

  • Bolton Hill
  • Park Cafe & Coffee Bar 
  • Sutton Sandwich Shop 
  • Station North
  • Bolton Hill
  • Park Cafe & Coffee Bar 
  • Sutton Sandwich Shop 
  • The Brass Tap
  • Station North
  • Joe Squared
  • Mid-Town Belvedere
  • Remington
  • National Aquarium and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Part time jobs

 Maryland Institute College of Art provides employment opportunities to students who want to earn money while studying to pay their expenses. The Office of Student Employment helps students find part-time work that not only builds their bank account, it is also on or near campus, and gives them a relevant and meaningful career experience which enhances their resume.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area-

Maryland Institute College of Art keeps safety at priority. University’s Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings. Students can call an officer to escort them anywhere on campus 24/7. The University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Famous courses

The famous courses at Maryland Institute College of Art are-

  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Art Education 5-Year (B.F.A./M.A.T.)
  • Art History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Ecosystems, Sustainability & Justice
  • Fiber
  • Film & Video
  • Game Design
  • General Fine Arts

Campus recruitment


The Career Resources Office at Maryland Institute College of Art has an award-winning placement team that is dedicated to supporting students throughout their placement search. The university hosts recruitment events to provide jobs to students.

Famous companies who recruit directly from Maryland Institute College of Art –

  • Altavia/Creative Capital
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Bonhams Auctioneers
  • Careers in Nonprofits
  • Civilization
  • Disney TV Animation
  • Hornet
  • Iron Circus Comics
  • NASA
  • The New York Times
  • NPR
  • Procter & Gamble
  • RoAndCo
  • Sony Pictures Animation
  • Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
  • Titmouse
  • Wix.

Application Requirements

  • Create a new account
  • Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  • Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores

Maryland Institute College of Art Programs

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Maryland Institute College of Art Application Requirements

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IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United States of America. To be able to get a successful admission in Maryland Institute College of Art in United States of America students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

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Maryland Institute College of Art Cost of studies


Undergraduate: $46870

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

Maryland Institute College of Art Deadlines

Undergraduate: Spring: November 1, Fall- February 1

Graduate: January 17

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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1300 Mount Royal Avenue! Baltimore! MD 21217,United States of America

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(410) 225-2222