Maryland Institute College of Art
) is an art and design college
in Baltimore, Maryland
. It was founded in 1826 as the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts, making it one of the first and oldest art colleges in the United States. In 2008, MICA was ranked #2 in the nation among fine arts programs by U.S. News and World Report
, and its Graphic Design Master of Fine Arts
program tied for #6 among graduate schools for Graphic Design
. MICA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
(AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States, as well as the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The school is located in the Bolton Hill
neighborhood, along Mount Royal Ave. The main campus is about from downtown Baltimore.
MICA hosts pre-college, post-baccalaureate, continuing studies, Masters of Fine Arts, and Bachelors of Fine Arts
programs, as well as weekend young peoples' studio art classes.
The Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts was established in 1826. One instrumental figure in the Institute's founding was writer, lawyer and inventor John H. B. Latrobe, son of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
, designer of the United States Capitol
and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the......