Application Procedures + Deadlines


MICA will accept applications on a rolling basis and respond with an admissions decision within four weeks of submission. Admitted applicants will then be informed of any additional requirements. Early applications are recommended if applying for financial assistance. Applications closed on April 30, 2022.


MICA's PreCollege Art and Design Residency Program is one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for young artists and designers. Learn with MICA expert faculty, visit working professionals, earn college credit, learn how to put together an application portfolio that stands out, and dramatically expand your creative skills.

Summer 2022 Dates

In-person Residency
2-week option: June 25 - July 9
3-week option: July 10 - July 30
5-week option: June 25 - July 30

Online: session cancelled
4-week  option: July 5 - July 29


In-person Residency
2-week option: June 25 - July 9
Cost: $2810 (1 college credit)
3-week option: July 10 - July 30
Cost: $4050 (2 college credits)
5-week option: June 25 - July 30
Cost: $6300 (3 college credits)

Admission Criteria and Who May Apply

MICA's PreCollege Art & Design Residency Program is an extremely popular program, attracting both students who have been taking art courses for a long time and those who are relatively new to the study of art. Consequently, the admission process is designed to assure a good fit between the applicant and the program. Current high school sophomores and juniors may apply to MICA's PreCollege Art & Design Residency Program. International students of equivalent grade level with a demonstrated proficiency in the English language are welcome to apply. 

International Student: English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. 

TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo:  If English is not your first language you must submit a valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo score with your application. MICA requires a minimum TOEFL score of 75 (MyBest scores are accepted), an IELTS score of 6.0, a PTE score of 58, or a Duolingo score of 105. 

MICA does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo scores if you have a minimum SAT score of 470 or ACT score of 18 in the English section, or official transcripts that demonstrate at least two full years of academic success at a high school or college/university in which English is the language of instruction.

Early Application Recommended
Due to the limited space in MICA's PreCollege Art and Design Residency Program and limited financial assistance, placement is competitive, and most spaces in the program fill prior to the final deadline. Early application is strongly recommended. Course placement is assigned based on a student's indicated preference, space availability as well as the strength of the student's portfolio. We cannot guarantee that a student will be placed in their first-choice course. If the requested class is full, the student is notified as quickly as possible and is given the opportunity to select an alternate course. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This includes either uploading an Unofficial High School Transcript with your application, or emailing it directly to

Application Materials Required 

Applicants must submit a complete application, including a portfolio of 6 pieces and an unofficial transcript online through Slideroom. Please follow the Apply Now button to set up an account. You will be prompted through the application process. The online application option includes all required forms, attachments, and a non-refundable $50 application fee. 

Preparing Your Portfolio for Slideroom 

The digital images submitted must fairly and accurately represent the applicant's work and not have been manipulated or altered. All pieces in your portfolio of artwork will be uploaded with your application and must include  name, media, dimensions, and month/year completed. Each student must submit original works that have been created by the student that do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity. If a student's work incorporates material, including but not limited to photographs, not created by the student, the student must include an additional copy of any and all such source material in their application as an additional attachment. 

Note: We only accept portfolios through Slideroom. Do not mail or email submissions.