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Academic programs

Academic programs should always be identified by their full title in the first mention, when appropriate, a shortened version can be used in subsequent mentions.

For instance, the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School Painting MFA should be noted in full, followed by the Hoffberger School or Hoffberger afterward.

If only mentioned once, use the full academic title.

Other programs should always be identified by their full titles and should be identified by degree type, e.g. BFA in Illustration, Graphic Design BFA, MFA in Community Arts, etc.

Humanistic Studies is a unique case as it is an integrated major (not a double major) and can be combined with a studio discipline. Eligible studio majors include Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Film & Video, Game Design, General Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Interdisciplinary Study, Painting, Photography, and Product Design.

The correct way to write the major is Studio Discipline + Humanistic Studies BFA or BFA in Studio Discipline + Humanistic Studies. For example:

  • Painting + Humanistic Studies BFA
  • General Fine Arts + Humanistic Studies BFA
  • BFA in Interactive Arts + Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Animation + Humanistic Studies

Full list of undergraduate BFA programs:

  • Animation
  • Fiber
  • General Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • History of Art, Design + Visual Culture
  • Illustration
  • Interactive Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Studio Major + Humanistic Studies

Full list of graduate programs (acceptable second reference in parenthesis):

  • Art Education MA
  • Business of Art and Design (BAD) (MPS)
  • Community Arts MFA
  • Curatorial Practice MFA
  • Data Analytics and Visualization (MPS)
  • Design Leadership MA/MBA
  • Filmmaking MFA
  • Graphic Design MFA
  • Graphic Design MA
  • Illustration Practice MFA
  • Illustration MA
  • LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA (Hoffberger)
  • Mount Royal School of Art MFA (Mount Royal)
  • Photographic & Electronic Media MFA (PEM)
  • Rinehart School of Sculpture MFA (Rinehart)
  • Social Design MA
  • Studio Art MFA
  • Teaching MAT
  • UX Design (MPS)


MICA alumni are identified with their graduation year followed by a parenthetical including their program of study and degree type:

  • Jane Doe ’17 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA)
  • John Doe ’16 (Animation BFA)
  • Jane Doe ’15 (Social Design MA)


Dates and times should be written in order of day of the week, date, and time, as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m OR Tuesday, July 17, 4:30 p.m.
  • When proceeded by a month, never use an ordinal (first, second, 25th) for the date.
  • When used in a complete sentence, months should be written in full.
  • In headers or other notes, months may be abbreviated as: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. March, April, May, June, and July should not be abbreviated.
  • Midnight is preferred to 12 a.m.; noon is preferred to 12 p.m. The redundant constructions "12 noon" or "12 midnight" should never be used.


When referring to a general type of degree, use lowercase:

  • bachelor’s degree
  • master’s degree
  • doctoral degree

Capitalize specific degree types and acronyms:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Arts (MA)


MICA uses the term “faculty member” rather than professor, instructor, or teacher. Undergraduate programs have chairs, e.g. Allan Comport, BFA in Illustration chair. Graduate programs have directors, e.g. Luca Buvoli, director of the Mount Royal School of Art MFA.


Livestream as one word is preferred to live stream or live-stream.


  • MICA’s primary address is 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., which is the address for Main Building.

  • Compass points should be abbreviated in addresses.
  • Use the abbreviations for Ave., Blvd. and St. only with a numbered address: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • Similar terms (road, circle, lane, alley, etc.) should always be written out and capitalized when used in an address.
  • Do not use superscript for numbered streets, e.g. 42nd St. should be 42nd St.

Full list of MICA buildings and addresses (acceptable second reference in parenthesis):

  • Annex Building (Annex)
    116-118 W Lanvale St.
  • Main Building (Main)
    1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • Brown Center (Brown)
    1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • Fox Building (Fox)
    1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • Bunting Center (Bunting)
    1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • Dolphin Design Center (Dolphin)
    100 Dolphin St.
  • Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies (Lazarus)
    131 W. North Ave.
  • Mt. Royal Station Building (Station)
    1400 Cathedral St.
  • The Gateway (Gateway)
    1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • 81 Mosher
    81 Mosher St.
  • Art Tech Center (ArtTech)
    1208 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • MICA Place
    814 N. Collington Ave.
  • 15/15 Building (15/15)
    1515 W. Mount Royal Ave.
  • MICA Store and Wellness Center
    1501 W. Mount Royal Ave.


For specific punctuation, grammar, and usage questions, consult a copy of the latest Chicago Manual of Style. Here are a few of the most commons questions about punctuation.

Commas and semicolons

MICA uses the serial comma—also known as the Oxford comma—before a conjunction when listing items in a sequence. For instance, “I bought milk, eggs, and bread.”

In a sequence of listed items that is separated by semicolons, a semicolon should be used before the final and in the series. For instance, “I have lived in Springfield, Worcester, and Boston in Massachusetts; Providence and Warwick in Rhode Island; and Albany, Rochester, and Utica in New York.”

Em and en dashes

Em dashes are in running text. En dashes are used in ranges of time (e.g. Monday–Friday). There should be no space between the dash and the proceeding or following words.


Use only one space between a period and the start of a new sentence.


MICA students should be referred to by their projected year of graduation.

When possible, identify students by their program of study, e.g. “Jane Doe ’20 (Painting BFA) was awarded a scholarship.”


Titles of creative works should be italicized, e.g. Starry Night

Titles of collective works such as anthologies, magazines, newspapers, exhibitions, etc. should be capitalized and italicized.

Titles of articles and other pieces of larger works should be capitalized and set in quotation marks.


Professional and academic titles are capitalized when they immediately precede a personal name and are thus used as part of the name (traditionally replacing the title holder’s first name). In formal prose and other generic text, titles are normally lowercased when following a name or used in place of a name.

  • President Hoi; Samuel Hoi, president; Samuel Hoi, president of MICA
  • Vice President of Technology Alexa Kim; Alexa Kim, vice president of technology
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost David Bogen; David Bogen, vice president of academic affairs and provost
  • the chair; Tony Shore, chair of Painting; Painting  Chair Tony Shore
  • the director, Whitney Sherman, director of Illustration Practice; Illustration Practice Director Whitney Sherman


When including a web address in running text, it should be written without “https://” or “www.”

For instance, “Visit for more information.”

Inclusive language

MICA strives to be an inclusive community that is open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, size, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 

MICA has core values of diversity, community and respect. We value and appreciate the differences that our community represents. Our inclusive language policies reflect the diversity of our community and establish guidelines for representing the many voices at MICA.


Gender is an individual’s internal sense of feeling like a woman, man, both, or neither. Sex comprises biological and physiological characteristics, including reproductive organs, and hormones. Sex is assigned at birth and is not synonymous with gender.

Use gay or lesbian when describing people who are attracted to members of the same sex. People who identify as transgender have a gender identity or expression that differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. 

People who identify as gender nonconforming have a gender identity or expression that does not conform to the traditional gender binary.


MICA respects a person’s chosen personal pronoun. Some people identify as he, she or they. Some identify as male, female, both or neither.

When writing about non-specific persons, use the plural whenever possible to avoid using the generic he, she, or he-or-she constructions. This avoids excluding nonbinary individuals while keeping the grammar sticklers happy.

Pronoun examples:

  • they, them, their, themself
  • Ze, hir, hirs, hirself
  • she, her, hers, herself
  • he, him, his, himself


LGBTQIA is the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual. 


Avoid using gendered terminology, opting instead for gender-inclusive titles and terms, such as:

  • Anchor not anchorman
  • Artificial not manmade
  • Astronaut not spaceman
  • Business executive not businessman
  • Camera operator not cameraman
  • Chair not chairman
  • Fire fighter not fireman
  • Guard or staff not man (verb)
  • Humanity not mankind
  • Layperson not layman
  • Police officer not policeman
  • Spokesperson not spokesman
  • Workforce not manpower


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