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Activate Your Practice

Getting Started

Building a Community and Creative Network

  • Visit local galleries and museums and attend exhibitions, performances, festivals using these resources:
  • Visit national exhibitions and events: Visit Armory Arts Week in NY, Printed Matter Book Fair in NY, or similar events, biennials, etc.
  • Research and connect to professional organizations within your field
  • Get to know the faculty members and other students in your graduate community
  • Hold open studio visits with peers and across programs
  • Engage with the broader Baltimore community; volunteer on and off-campus
  • Activate underutilized spaces and innovative venues in Baltimore for exhibitions, events and workshops in collaboration with peers
  • Participate or become a member of the Graduate Student Council (student government)
  • Apply for a solo student exhibition through GradEX (student-run gallery series) and group exhibitions nationally and internationally
  • Attend or present at Salons (monthly artist showcase)
  • Apply for funding for a graduate Pop-Up Event, graduate student activity funds
  • Research and apply for summer internships or opportunities in November-March for best results
  • Join & use the MICA Alumni Facebook/LinkedIn groups for networking with alumni
  • Join MICA Career Development Facebook group for schedule of career development workshops

Developing Research and Studio Practice

  • Attend artist/designer/scholar lectures on and off campus
  • Utilize the Writing Studio, Decker Library to hone your research and writing skills, especially in critical theory
  • Make an appointment with your program’s library specialist to discuss research in support of your courses and studio or design practices, papers, etc.
  • Build a bibliography of books, magazines and websites that inspire and inform your work
  • Apply for a Graduate Research Development Grant to support your creative practice
  • Apply for an Office of Community Engagement Grant to support work in the Baltimore community (link)
  • Submit work for the 1st Year Graduate Juried Exhibition
  • Attend alumni panel discussions, including Flash Forward
  • Develop mentor relationship with someone on campus (student, faculty, staff)
  • View student/alumni websites and work in MICA Portfolios to explore possible career paths
  • Take advantage of free tech (software/hardware) tutorials at
  • Attend a Documenting Your Work program or watch a tutorial online

Refining Your Career Tools

Transitioning to Professional Life After MICA

  • Conduct research on galleries, organizations, companies and prospective employers
  • Utilize MICAnetwork and other relevant job search engines to search for opportunities and create “job agents” or RSS feeds to automatically send you relevant job postings
  • Attend the Internship + Career Fair in spring and interview with organizations recruiting on campus
  • Apply for the Fine Art Portfolio Reviews to have your work reviewed by regional galleries
  • Research and network with alumni using Facebook/LinkedIn
  • Talk with faculty, family and friends to make personal and professional connections
  • Identify and join professional organizations relevant to your discipline
  • Conduct informational interviews and shadow established professionals
  • Apply for jobs, graduate school, Fulbright, or other grants and residencies in spring semester into summer (Open Society Institute, Baker, Sondheim, Rubys)
  • Tailor professional package to specific opportunities
  • Research and pursue exhibition/publication/performance opportunities
  • Attend spring Fulbright workshops to apply in summer
  • Attend spring workshops on taxes and financial preparation, copyright and intellectual property
  • Think about your post-MICA financial situation - find out your student loan payment, cost of living, and other financial obligations
  • Research costs of setting up a studio or practice, and acquiring necessary equipment
  • Research potential cities for relocation

Continued Education (post-bacs & beyond)

  • If pursuing graduate school, research and visit graduate or doctoral programs in your field
  • Contact alumni currently enrolled in or recently graduated from graduate programs of interest
  • Develop an effective graduate essay and application materials and apply in late fall (if applicable)


Enhance Your Practice




  • Attend MICA “Mind Your Business” Events
  • Attend Alumni Panels (Offered in Fall)
  • Attend Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, University of Baltimore, Towson University (Global Towson) business workshops
  • Pitch your goals/product/service at events:
  • Find an angel funder or conduct crowdsource funding (ex. Kickstarter, Indiegogo)






  • CP 5500 Writing for Artists, Critics and Curators
  • CWRT 5559 Finding Words
  • CRT 5574 Design / Writing / Research
  • CRT 5618 Thesis Writing and Research
  • CRST 5700 Thesis Methods Workshop
  • GD 5562 Design Language Studio
  • CWRT 5403 Advanced Creative Writing







  • CP 5500 Writing for Artists, Critics and Curators
  • CP 5800 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Curatorial Practice
  • CP 5700 Connecting Audiences


  • Publish your work on blogs and in publications relevant to your field of study, and present at national conferences
  • Apply for a Graduate Exhibition Assistant and mentor with the Office of Exhibitions team
  • Join the Grad Ex jury to coordinate solo student exhibitions
  • Apply for PNC Grant, MICA LAB Grant, Apply for Open Society Institute Fellowship
  • Propose an exhibition to John Fonda Gallery, Area 405, Gallery CA, Maryland Art Place, The Creative Alliance, School 33, Apex Art in NY, etc.