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Acknowledged nationally as a premier leader in art and design education, MICA is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artist – one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design and media. MICA is redefining the role of the artists and designers as creative, solutions-oriented makers and thinkers who will drive social, cultural, and economic advancement for our future. As the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation, MICA is located in Baltimore, deeply connected to the community. It is a leading contributor to the creative economy regionally and a top producer of nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and designers.
 
MICA offers several admission plans for First Year applicants. If you have any questions, please reach out to your personal Admission Counselor. We look forward to getting to know you!
 
Spring 2021 Semester:
  • November 1, 2020 Application deadline
 
Fall 2021 Semester:
  • November 15, 2020 Early Decision Application deadline
    • This admission plan is binding and demonstrates your commitment to attend if admitted.
  • NOV 15, 2020 Early Action Application deadline
  • FEB 1, 2021 Regular Decision Application deadline
 
Start Your Application
Apply using the Common Application. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).
 
Portfolio
The portfolio should be a selection of recent artwork that represents your artistic interests and demonstrates your technical skills and ability. You should include examples of artwork that reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience, and abilities in the arts to date. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 pieces of artwork. Please follow the instructions provided in the Common Application to upload your portfolio.
 
Standardized Tests
Test Optional, SAT and ACT: MICA does not require SAT or ACT scores for your application to be considered complete.  If you believe that your test score will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit it for admission consideration. MICA's institution code for SAT is 5399. Our ACT code is 1710. 
 
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo:  If English is not your first language you must submit a valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo score with your application. MICA requires a minimum TOEFL score of 75 (MyBest scores are accepted), an IELTS score of 6.0, a PTE score of 58, or a Duolingo score of 105. MICA’s institution code is 5399 for TOEFL and IELTS. 
 
MICA does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo scores if you have a minimum SAT score of 470 or ACT score of 18 in the English section, or official transcripts that demonstrate at least two full years of academic success at a high school or college/university in which English is the language of instruction.
 
Essay
Choose one of the writing prompts listed on the Common Application and write an essay (250-word minimum).
 
Letters of Recommendation
The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences are important to your application. At least one letter of recommendation is required for your application. Please follow the instructions provided on the Common Application to submit your recommender requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.
 
Transcripts
Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work. Your guidance or college counselor may submit your transcript through the Common Application, Parchment, mail or email to records@mica.edu.

If you are attending school in another country, your transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator. World Education Services (WES) is recommended, but not required.
 
Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, the content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or "grade". Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization and an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschool applicants must obtain and submit GEDTASC or HiSET exam results as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. Individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.