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What will I learn?

MICA's M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media is a platform to explore the reverberating social and artistic uses of optical and electronic media.

The program prepares students to realize complex artistic projects while gaining the intellectual and technical skills for professional practice and teaching.

Program Overview

In developing their own work, students in the M.F.A. program follow two tracks:

  • practical research directed on production and implementation of a body of artwork;
  • and conceptual research that builds a solid critical and historical foundation for artistic practice.

The curriculum combines liberal arts coursework, regular critiques with faculty and visiting artists, and individual studio exploration. Graduate students at MICA have the resources for collaborative, cross-disciplinary exploration, and facilities include dedicated spaces for video production, sound (including a full sound studio) and a state-of-the-art computer lab, high-end output equipment, and traditional black-and-white and color darkrooms with 3-inch color processors. Students have full access to a broad range of DSLR, video (up to 4K), sound, and lighting equipment. Graduates are prepared to add to the discourse surrounding contemporary art as exhibiting artists, faculty, and critics.

Which department am I in?

Maryland Institute College of Art

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$48,510.00 per year
USD $24,255 per semester
Application deadline

Expected March 2022

Start date

January 2022


Maryland Institute College of Art

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue,



21217, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Digital transcripts from the last degree-granting institution.

For international students

Students must have a high school diploma, 3-year undergraduate degree, or master’s degree at an accredited institution.

Applicants may choose one option from among the following to demonstrate English language proficiency: TOEFL Test: A minimum overall band score of 75 on the IBT Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. IELTS Test: A minimum score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Duolingo Tests: A minimum score of 100 is required to be considered for full admission.

Application Deadlines: For Round 1 - January 19 and for Round 2 - March 19. Some programs may continue accepting applications after March 19 on a rolling basis, should space remain available.

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