MICA's Graphic Design Post-Baccalaureate 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 full-time program will prepare students for advancing their careers and/or for applying to competitive MFA programs at MICA and other colleges and universities.


Iconic Exhibition

Graphic Design Post Bacc Exhibition
Nov 9 - Nov 19, 2016
Brown Center, 4th floor
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As Paul Rand writes, “A symbol does not have to be simple, geometric, flat or abstract. Some of the best symbols are simplified images because simplicity is effective.” This exhibition showcases series of icons that visualize individual objects or ideas, and that work as a visual system using common line weight, shapes, proportions and colors.

Featured designers: Lauren Biagini, Conny Cavazos, Seungkwan Chae, Hayelin Choi, Lindsey Kellogg, Jessica Kerbo, Katie Mancher, Liz Mortati, Siyao Peng, Camelia Rojas, Bobby Joe Smith III, Kanno Sonnenschein, Emily Tartanella, Kimberly Tsai, Dante Weikel, Sarah Wool

Lecture: Mylinh Trieu Nguyen


November 3
Designer, Curator & Body Builder
12 p.m. Lecture, Brown 320

Mylinh Trieu Nguyen is a Los Angeles-born graphic designer living and working in Philadelphia. She is Creative Director of STUDIO LHOOQ, a design studio servicing art, architecture, fashion, and cultural clients worldwide. In addition she is Co-Director of Lord Ludd, a contemporary art gallery in Philadelphia. Mylinh attended UCLA for her undergraduate degree and earned am MFA from Yale School of Art. In 2008-09 she was a Walker Art Center design fellow.

2016-17 Workshop Series

Mostly on Thursdays

Sep 01 Studio Orientation
Sep 15 Printing and Making Mockups with Daniel Spurgin
Oct 13 Photo Documentation with Jason Gottlieb
Oct 20 Letterpress Workshop with Baltimore Print Studios
Oct 22 Software Bootcamp with Claire Moore and Miles Holenstein
Oct 27 Screen Printing Workshop with Baltimore Print Studios
Nov 17 How to Make a Design Resume
Nov 24 Applying to MFA programs
Apr 6 & 7 Illustration Workshops with Elizabeth Haidle
Apr 21 Tour of The Walters Manuscript Library with Lynley Herbert
Apr 27 Printing press tour at Schmitz Press

Welcome, Class of 2017!

22 - 24 Aug
Graduate Studies Orientation - schedule
Studio desk assignments, 24 Aug, 4:30pm - 6:00, Fox, 412
Orientation dinner, 24 Aug, 6:00pm, Brown, 4th floor
29 Aug
Classes Begin

Lecture: Ross MacDonald

Props from "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

March 31
Illustrator, Designer, Letterpress Printer & Propmaker
12 p.m. Lecture
2 p.m. Demo: Aging a Book
4 p.m. Studio Crits
Lazarus Center Auditorium

Ross MacDonald is an award-winning illustrator, writer, designer, movie prop maker and letterpress printer from Connecticut. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Vanity Fair among others. He has worked on movies including Seabiscuit, The Legend of Zorro, and National Treasure 2 as a prop maker and consultant on historical design, paper, printing and writing instruments. He operates Brightwork Press with a large collection of 19th century type and printing equipment which he uses for book and editorial design work, as well as bespoke period posters and other ephemera.

Bellwether Exhibition

Graphic Design Post Bacc Spring Exhibition
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March 25 - April 10, 2016

Following a personal process of generative thinking and making, students exhibit artifacts, experiences, and ideas based on the theme Bellwether. The exhibition explores the idea of design as an index of something bigger. Part of the MICA Grad Show

Featured designers: Rachel Avallone, Hannah Cusworth, Drohan DiSanto, Megan Gileza, Aaron Jackson, Jenn Livermore, Sandhya Madduri, Mansur Makhmudov, Daniel Spurgin, Rachael Tellerman, Benjamin Torres, Cliff Weaver, Shiya Wu, Sabrina Xiao, Chang Yang and Cynthia Zhu.

Type in Space Exhibition


Brown Center
February 2 - February 15, 2016

Transmedia Type Lab students collaborate to create dimensional typography projects that investigate the concept of orientation.

Fall 2015 Workshop Series

Tuesdays, 11:00am, fall semester (click title to see sessions)

Sep 01 Studio Orientation
Sep 08 Print Production with Hieu Tran
Sep 15 Making Mockups with Hieu Tran
Sep 22 Photo Documentation with Jason Gottlieb
Oct 06 Professional Development with Marsha Hammond
Oct 27 Tour of The Walters Manuscript Library with Lynley Herbert
Nov 03 Hand Lettering with Whitney Sherman
Nov 10 & 17 Screen Printing Workshop with Baltimore Print Studios
Nov 24 Applying to MFA programs
Dec 01 Printing press tour at Schmitz Press

Welcome Class of 2016!

24 - 26 Aug
Graduate Studies Orientation
Studio desk assignments, 26 Aug, 5:30pm, Fox, 412
Orientation dinner, 26 Aug, 6:00pm, Brown, 4th floor
31 Aug
Classes Begin