Creative Entrepreneurship

First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship

MICA’S First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship is a new year-long program for incoming first year students focused on integrating studio research with emergent technologies, project-based learning, professional practice, and financial literacy.

Entrepreneurial minded students of all interests and backgrounds can apply to be a part of the First Year Fellows program.  Students selected for this experience will live together in Leake Hall, be enrolled in entrepreneurial focused First Year Experience classes and participate in co-curricular programming specifically designed to support budding entrepreneurship.     

First Year students who have been admitted to MICA for fall 2020 will be eligible to apply for the program. This community will allow you to explore the entrepreneurial mindset and gain the knowledge and skills to propel your studies at MICA and help to prepare you for a wide range of creative professional careers that support a purposeful and successful life.


Program Highlights

  • Live-Learn Residential Community based in Leake Hall
           - Dedicated Staff Mentor 
           - Monthly Group Dinners/Lunches with Live-Learn Community faculty, staff, and mentors
           - Access to Make Cool Stuff Laboratory in Leake Hall
  • Enrollment in team-taught First Year Experience classes that examine entrepreneurial and professional practices.  
  • Two faculty-led weekend field trips to New York and another Northeastern city that emphasize the creative industries (all transportation, meals, lodging included)
  • Course-specific Materials Fund
  • Financial Wellness and Professional Practice Workshops

First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship Application

Application Guidelines:
In a 1-2 minute video or a 750-word essay, answer the following questions:

1) Why are you interested in MICA's First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship program?
2) What are you passionate about?
3) What unique qualities will you bring to a live-learn community that is focused on Creative Entrepreneurship?

Application Considerations:
Your candidacy will be considered by a jury of faculty and staff that will review your video or essay as well as the portfolio you submitted in Slideroom as a part of your application to MICA.

Courses for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021: Pilot Year

FF 120B Color/Design/Pattern 3 Credits
Patterns are everywhere around us: embedded in surfaces, situated in screens, and emerging from everyday interaction, connection, and communication. In this immersive color and design course, students attend to pattern in all its physical and metaphorical manifestations in order to explore the ways in which image and idea emerge from the organization of form and the interaction of color. Using iterative and experimental processes, students engage with contemporary notions of visual literacy, abstraction, composition, and cultural agency – ­ in order to deepen their understanding of color and design while developing their own visual language.

FF 130A Prototype/Situate/Fabricate 3 Credits
Contemporary artists and designers create, represent, respond to, and reflect – on form, function and structures in space – by prototyping their ideas, by situating themselves and the objects they make in real and imagined worlds, and by fabricating forms that address real-world problems or that prompt us to articulate new ones. As developing artists and designers, students in this course create, represent, respond, and reflect in order to prototype, situate, and fabricate structures in space. Students experience these ways of working through additive and subtractive fabrication, digital and analog approaches, engagement with diverse materials, and research of ecological, social, and cultural implications of the impact on the built world.