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3. Art Education (Low-Residency/Online MA) Reflective Essays

In lieu of the Statement of Purpose/Artist Statement, submit two short reflective essays with your application. In the first essay, address your preparation and experience as an artist; for the second essay, tell us about your preparation and experience as an artist-educator. Follow the guidelines below for writing the two essays, noting the requested content, headings, and recommended length of response.

Essay #1: Your Preparation and Experience as an Artist

Please address each of the following topics below. Note the length of response after each bulleted topic. Use the wording of the bolded topics below as a heading for each section of your essay.

  • Strongest Aspects of My Art Making Process. Describe what you believe to be the strongest aspect of your art making process. Refer to specific uploaded images of your work that support your response. One paragraph.
  • Questions, Issues, and Art Processes I Would Like to Investigate. If you had unlimited time in your own studio, what kinds of questions, issues, processes would you like to investigate? If relevant, refer to specific uploaded images of your work that support your response. One paragraph.
  • This Program's Ability to Contribute to My Development as an Artist. Describe the ways in which you imagine MICA's MA in Art Education program will support your personal/professional goals as a visual artist. One paragraph.
Essay #2: Your Preparation and Experience as an Artist-Educator

Please address each of the following topics below. Note the length of response after each bulleted topic. Use the wording of the bolded topics below as a heading for each section of your essay.

  • Problems Or Issues I Have Personally Encountered In My Teaching. Describe a problem or issue you have personally encountered in your teaching practice and why it is important to you to "solve" this problem. One paragraph. 
  • Judging Students' Response to Art Assignments. What criteria do you use for judging the quality of student responses to art assignments? Refer to specific uploaded images of student work to support your response. One paragraph.
  • This Program's Ability to Contribute to My Development as an Artist-Educator. Describe the ways in which you imagine MICA's MA in Art Education program will support your professional goals for development as an artist-educator. One paragraph. 

Step 1: Application Form

Apply using the Common Application. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).

If you are unable to use the Common Application, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or admissions@mica.edu.

Step 2: Portfolio of Artwork

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 the Common App 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.

*Portfolio Days are hosted by MICA and other members of the National Portfolio Day Association. For information regarding dates, times, and locations, visit the NPDA Web site at www.portfolioday.net. You can also call MICA's Office of Undergraduate Admission for information about National Portfolio Days.

Please note: Freshman applicants who receive an "acceptable" review of an original portfolio by a MICA admission representative must still submit a portfolio with their application materials.

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed in the Common Application and write an essay (250 word minimum).

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

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 on the Common Application to submit your recommendor requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.

Step 5: Activities & Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, or honors as explained on the Common Application.

Step 6: Transcripts

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 (records@mica.edu) 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.

Step 7: Test Scores

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).

Step 8: Campus Visit

As an applicant you are encouraged to visit the College. Student-guided tours of the classrooms, studios, and residential housing, and discussions about portfolio preparation, programs of study, student life, and financial assistance will be provided. To schedule an appointment, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410.225.2222. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Learn more about visiting MICA.

Admission Dates and Timeline for Academic Year 2018

THERE ARE THREE FRESHMAN APPLICATION DEADLINES UNDER THE REGULAR DECISION PLAN: EARLY ACTION 1, EARLY ACTION 2 AND REGULAR

Early Action is non-binding and enables students with strong interest in attending MICA to learn of their admission decision and aid award earlier than Regular Decision. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1 to make their enrollment decision and make their deposits.

TIMELINES

SPRING 2018 Enrollment

Regular Decision
November 1 Admission and financial aid application deadline-all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered (applications received after this date will be considered if space is available)
December 1 Admission notifications mailed with Financial Aid package
December 15 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

FALL 2018 Enrollment

Early Action 1
December 1 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action I (Admission notifications mailed January 15

Early Action 2
January 5
Application deadline to be considered for Early Action II (Admission notifications mailed February 15)

Regular Decision
February 1 
 Application deadline to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships. Admission notification mailed February 26-March 6.
April 1 Notification of competitive scholarship awards and final Financial Aid packages mailed.
May 1 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

This page was last updated on 11/01/2017.

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