Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute, College Of Art

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design


1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21217

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MICA's Graphic Design Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac GD) program offers students an intensive immersion in graphic design. Tailored for individuals who seek to work with a select group of dedicated peers in a challenging and supportive environment, the program will prepare students for advancing their careers and/or for applying to competitive MFA programs at MICA and other colleges and universities. The program provides in-depth study of the language and practice of graphic design, and is designed for professionals and graduates from complementary fields, including liberal arts, fine arts, journalism, architecture, communications and photography. The program also seeks applicants who studied design as undergraduates yet desire a more comprehensive and rigorous education in the theory and concepts of graphic design. A portfolio review is required for admission. Students completing the program will receive a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Students enroll in the following courses each semester: the 6-credit GD Post-Bac Studio, the 3-credit GD Post-Bac Workshop, one 3-credit undergraduate typography course and one 3-credit studio elective (15 credits each semester; 30 credits total). The program is designed for full-time study. The GD PBac Studio provides an intensive introduction to basic design, taught with a strong emphasis on process, professional practice and portfolio development. The GD Post-Bac Workshop introduces students to a survey of graphic design theory and technique. Class time is spent on discussion and writing about design topics as well as software instruction and production techniques needed to complete projects. In the second semester, GD Post-Bac classes assist students in creating and exhibiting self-directed design projects and a professional portfolio. Students meet weekly with faculty for individual and group instruction and critiques. Students are encouraged to participate in the larger graduate and undergraduate design culture at MICA through elective coursework and visiting artist and designer lectures. The GD Post-Bac program is housed on the fourth floor of MICA's Fox Building on Mt. Royal Avenue, in a newly renovated, fully-equipped loft-style studio space. Students have dedicated work space and computers as well as access to color printing and a production area. The GD Post-Bac Studio is conveniently located in relation to graduate and undergraduate programs in graphic design and illustration. The program is led by a full-time faculty member with a strong background in teaching and professional work and who teaches the GD Post-Bac Studio as well as other graduate and undergraduate courses. The program leader advises students with regard to professional development and course registration issues.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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