Offices & Divisions

Office of Open Studies

MICA Open Studies is helping to define the Maryland Institute College of Art as a 21st-century leader in the education of artists and designers.

The Open Studies office serves as a center of entrepreneurship, a place for enhancing community education and professional practice, and an access point where design, technology, and commerce converge. 

For non-degree seeking students, each semester (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer), MICA provides a wide range of community education in fine arts and professional practice design courses, youth programs, and art-based travel experiences.

If you would like to learn more about courses and workshops for adults or youth classes, visit

For degree-seeking students, choose from an advanced degree in Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Product ManagementUX Design, Data Analytics and Visualization, and Business of Art and Design or a Master of Art and Master of Business Administration in Design Leadership, the dual-degree program in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. 


Operational Mode 4

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

MICA's Office of Open Studies has made the decision to offer a mix of online and in person programming in the following areas: Community Education, Professional Practice, YPS, and ADCAP courses through the end of the Fall 2021 term.

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus. We are currently in Operational Mode 4 to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable educational experience with MICA. See Operational Mode 4 webpage for more information; this info will also be included in the Getting Started Guide with your registration confirmation email. MICA will provide all necessary software, and we will work with you to make sure you are adequately prepared for each course or class.

As the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve, MICA remains vigilant in monitoring updates and implementing measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has created a webpage provide information and resources, copies of official campus memos and details about preventative measures the College is taking. Please visit for the most recent updates. Thank you for entrusting us with your ongoing education. We hope you remain safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Open Studies at

Adult Non-Degree Course Offerings

Community Education

Through Community Education courses, taught by MICA’s excellent faculty, adult artists can build skills and develop confidence in a variety of fine art disciplines. Introductory courses provide the foundation for learning techniques and concepts while advanced courses encourage students to further explore their creativity.

Adult Non-Degree Course Offerings

Professional Practice

Design professionals can advance their knowledge through MICA’s Professional Practice courses in the areas of graphic design, web design, advertising, and creative entrepreneurship. Real-world issues are discussed and innovative projects are assigned to provide a well-rounded, meaningful experience aimed at preparing students for challenges that are faced in art and design careers.

Grades K-12

Young People's Studios (YPS)

From drawing and painting to digital illustration and photography and everything in between, workshops for students in grades K-12 are designed to spark creativity, encourage invention, and nurture artistic innovation. Students study and work in a spectrum of media that form the foundation of art and design. YPS Art and Design Courses are offered during the school year as Weekend Art Classes, and during the Summer as Summer Art Camp.

Summer Travel Intensives

Summer Travel Intensive experiences are open to undergraduate and graduate students and life-long learners at least 18 years of age who have completed at least one year of college study. Serious students travel with MICA faculty to places of great aesthetic and historical resonance, and to centers of contemporary art and design to earn college credit, enhance their art-making, and connect with art and other artists through MICA's Summer and Winter Travel Intensives.

MPS and MA/MBA Degrees

Graduate Degree Seeking Programs

Students seeking an advanced degree can choose between four fully online MPS programs in UX Design, Data Analytics and Visualization, Product Management, and Business of Art and Design or a dual-degree in Design Leadership (MA/MBA) with Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. The MA/MBA degree and all MPS degrees are offered through the Office of Open Studies.

Undergraduate Courses

Each winter & summer, the Undergraduate courses are designated as three-credit classes and are open to MICA undergraduates and all serious-minded students, including community education students.

Asynchronous Online Learning

Course: Graphic Design History & Methods

Renowned authors and leading faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Brockett Horne and Ellen Lupton challenge designers to build effective, sustainable, ethical, and rewarding creative practices. Graphic design is all around us. From apps and infographics to theme parks and bike lanes, every public place and interactive product employs design to influence behavior and craft memorable experiences. In a series of conversations, Horne and Lupton combine ideas from art, business, psychology, and critical theory with a range of new and established design methodologies. This program offers insights into essential aspects of graphic design practice, from history to theory and methods.

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Office of Open Studies


1229 W Mount Royal Ave Baltimore, MD 21217