- December 1 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action I (Admission notifications mailed January 15.
- January 5 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action II (Admission notifications mailed February 15.
- February 1 Application deadline to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships (applications received after this date will be considered until April 1 if space is available)
You may apply using either the MICA Online Application or the Common Application (for Fall 2017). Please select one option to complete your application process. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).
If you are unable to use either of these applications, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or email@example.com.
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 either the Common App or MICA Online Application to upload your portfolio submission.
If you would like a personal review of your original portfolio by a MICA admission representative, you may present it at a National Portfolio Day,* during a visit to your school, or when you schedule an interview and portfolio review as part of your visit to MICA’s campus.
Choose one of the writing prompts listed on both the Common App and MICA Online Application forms and write an essay.
Select one of the following options: (250-650 words)
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences are important to your application.
Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common App or MICA Online Application to submit your recommendor requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.
Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work. Your counselor may submit your transcript through Common App (if you have chosen that application option), Parchment, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail. 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, 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 GED, TASC 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.
Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and/or American College Test (ACT) results are required for all first-time freshmen. The ACT Writing Test is recommended, but not required. MICA’s CEEB Code for the SAT is #5399; our ACT Code is #1710. Test results are evaluated in relation to your other academic materials as well as your portfolio of artwork on file.
If English is not your first language, it is strongly recommended that you submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores with your application. MICA requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5. Your application will not be reviewed for admission without at least one test score on file (TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT).