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What will I learn?

Students in MICA's art history program become both artmakers and scholars of art.

While pursuing intensive study in the history of art, students also train as artists and designers, taking the majority of their coursework in studio areas-a defining advantage that allows them to analyze the process of art production as a component of their research.

MICA offers both an undergraduate major in art history, theory, and criticism and a minor in art history. MICA's curriculum in art history balances academic coursework and independent research with a significant studio component. Almost half of the total credits required for the major are in studio coursework, and art history majors are strongly encouraged to use their studio electives to pursue a concentration in a studio discipline.

In the four-year program, approximately half of a student's coursework is in academics and the other half is in the studio. The intensive studio practice integral to the B.F.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at MICA strengthens students' own art-making and informs their studies and research in art history with a deeper understanding of the art-making process.

Art history majors at MICA can take advantage of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that offers the most diverse array of art history courses at an art college, and more course offerings than many university-based art history programs.

MICA alumni use their vision and skills across industries and are powering the creative economy throughout the Baltimore region - and around the world.

They are exhibiting artists, creative entrepreneurs, Google animators, filmmakers, comic artists, graphic designers, educators, mobile app developers, architects and so much more. Here are just a few examples of MICA's alumni who are finding success in traditional creative careers - and inventing new roles for themselves as creative makers.

Which department am I in?

Maryland Institute College of Art

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$50,160.00 per year
USD $25,080 per semester
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

17 January 2023


Maryland Institute College of Art

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue,



21217, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript.

For international students

Applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school qualification. English language proficiency: MICA requires a minimum TOEFL score of 75 (MyBest scores are accepted), an IELTS score of 6.0, or a PTE score of 58. Application deadlines: For Spring - Nov 1 and for fall – Feb 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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