MICA, 10th most hipster campus in US

A site that produces top 10 lists about colleges, travel destinations and other subjects has determined that the Maryland Institute College of Art is the number one fine arts college in the United States.

Founded in 1826 and located in Bolton Hill and Station North, MICA was described in ZoomTens’ survey as being “an ideal choice” for studying fine art.

“The Maryland Institute College of Art…is a leading college specializing in a number of art and design programs,” the site said in its survey, “10 Best Fine Arts Colleges in the U.S.”

According to ZoomTens, “MICA is currently ranked in the top 10 of Masters of Fine Arts programs in visual arts; the institute is rated number three in graphic design and sculpture, and number four in painting and drawing, based on a report from US News. Parade Magazine named the Maryland Institute College of Art one of the top two studio art programs available in the United States. MICA is certainly an ideal choice for a number of art majors.”

Other institutions in the top 10 were: California Institute of the Arts (10); Carnegie Mellon University School of Art (9); Columbia University School of the Arts (8); Cranbrook Academy of Art (7); School of the Art Institute of Chicago (6); Yale University School of Art (5); Pratt Institute School of Art (4); The New School for Design at Parsons (3); and Rhode Island School of Design (2).

Launched in 2014, ZoomTens describes itself as a “variety, news and entertainment website” that generates top 10 lists about a wide range of topics, from places to products.

Besides education-related rankings such as the top 10 theater and drama Colleges and the top 10 “hidden gem universities in the U.S,” other recent lists include the 10 best cameras, 10 best portable air conditioners, 10 best riding lawnmowers and 10 best bacon of the month clubs.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.