Review of Maryland Institute College of Art

Rating: StarStarStarStar_grayStar_gray By: Anonymous, Student Posted: April 25, 2011

My review

The Good:

There are several: most importantly, professors (generally) treat the students as peers, rather than statistics. They are practicing artists, and we are preparing our way into the same field. They have more experience, but the learning environment is such that students inspire their teachers just as much as are inspired by them. I feel like MICA has a strong academic presence as well. There's a good balance between studio requirements and academics, which I think prepares us to think and write about our work, and to be well-rounded individuals.

The Bad:

Classes are quite long (6 hrs for a studio, 3 hours for an academic, meeting once a week), but this becomes routine and you get used to the hours -- in fact, long studio hours let you get a lot of work done in a day. Some of the older facilities are a little run down, but they're getting around to updating them.

Would I do it again?

Yes, So many of the professors I have worked with have become like friends and mentors to me -- they are definitely connections to hold on to once I graduate -- they're people who I can continue conversations with and turn to for advice. These are some of the most brilliant artists you'll have the chance to work with as an undergrad, and we develop a good sense of community.

About this school

Biggest influence when choosing this school Reputation

The financial aid process went smoothly and I received the financial aid I needed.

Professors are generally Engaging

The night life is Off Campus

Most students spend their Saturday nights There aren't any bars or restaurants on campus, so students find fun within their circles of friends. A lot of events are always happening nearby though, Baltimore has a pretty vibrant scene of music and gallery events. Students throw house parties or head down to places like The Copy Cat for live shows.

About the reviewer

Went to Dublin Scioto High School

Currently a Senior

Favorite class is Senior Thesis, The Art of the Lyric

Favorite professor is Timothy App, Ken Tisa, Barry Nemett, Ellen Burchenal...the list goes on

Favorite activity is The spring fashion show

Another awesome thing is Baltimore is a really cool city, once you give it a chance.

Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? Put together a strong portfolio, and make a solid connection with your admissions counselor!! Ask a lot of questions, they'll remember your name and if you can, meet with them at a local portfolio day. It helps if they remember your name and face when looking at your art.

I wish I knew I wish I had researched other schools more extensively. My high school art teachers didn't know a whole lot about art schools outside of our state, so I applied to every big-name school I thought I recognized. Thankfully, I ended up in the right place, but I didn't give a whole lot of thought to what artists I wanted to work with. Look at the professors who teach at the schools your interested in, and look at the student artwork and graduates coming out of those schools.

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