01 April 2011
Graduate Programes, MICA, USA
Maryland Institute College of Art
MICA Graduate Programs:
Social Design (MA)
Community Arts (MFA)
Curatorial Practice (MFA)
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is breaking new ground in developing graduate programs that will prepare artists and designers as change agents-connecting talent and passion with civic engagement for the purpose of solving problems, changing lives, and making life measurably better for individuals and communities.
For artists who are committed to social change through real world application, these graduate programs give students the opportunity to integrate hands-on civic and social engagement with theoretical exploration, art-making and partnership development:
An innovation in design education, the MA in Social Design program prepares students to assume leadership roles in social change. Rooted heavily in active collaboration with communities, partners, sponsors, and peers, students learn to use design to solve problems, change lifestyles, raise awareness, and influence public policy-and to measure the impact of their work.
The MFA in Community Arts is one of the only programs in the world that helps artists find their own voice by giving voice to others. Real world experience combines independent art-making with community-based projects. Students become "citizen artists," using a foundation in theory, extensive studio work, and partnership with community leaders to affect civic, youth, and community development.
The first-in-the-nation MFA in Curatorial Practice program pushes students to expand the role of curators by forging a link between the vision of artists, the needs and historical cultural environment of communities, and the goals of the exhibition venue. Emerging curators explore art history, theory, criticism and ethics, politics of the art world, and partner engagement as they develop and curate a high-profile capstone exhibit.
The need for creative individuals to use their talent to make a positive difference has never been more urgent. Learn more about how to apply for one of MICA's transformative programs in the art of activism by visiting mica.edu/grad