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David Gracyalny

Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Maryland Institute College of ArtDownload Profile

David Gracyalny has been dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) since 2001. The School for Professional and Continuing Studies serves a diverse student body of over 2,400 individuals that includes art and design professionals, educators, lifelong learners, amateur enthusiasts, students of traditional college age, teens, and children. In addition to studio art programs, which broaden access to MICA's renowned instruction and facilities, SPCS programs focus on professional preparation and advancement for artists, designers, and other creative fields.

Programs of the School for Professional and Continuing Studies include:

o Master of Business Administration/ Master of Art in Design Leadership (in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School)

o Master of Professional Studies (online degrees in the Business of Art and Design and Information Visualization)

o MICA’s Undergraduate Curriculum during the summer term

o Travel Intensives (short-term international and domestic study programs). During the past 12 years, MICA students have traveled to cultural venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

o Continuing Studies (evening art and design studio classes for adults)

o Professional Development (courses and workshops focusing on career acceleration for artists and designers)

o Pre-College (a college-level summer curriculum for rising high school juniors and seniors offered at MICA in Baltimore and abroad in Tuscany)

o Young People’s Studios (children’s art and design classes)

o SuperKids Camp (a literacy remediation program for Baltimore city youth, funded by the Parks and People Foundation)

Prior to working at MICA David was associate dean for continuing education at Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC and associate dean, director of continuing education, and associate professor at Maryland College of Art and Design now School of Art and Design at Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland. David received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a BA in Studio Art from University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Programming Initiatives launched under David’s leadership at MICA:

Partnering with Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School to launch the Master of Business Administration/ Master of Arts in Design Leadership.

The MBA/MA program in Design Leadership enrolls students who want to be transformative business leaders at the highest levels by developing a next-generation approach to management and problem solving. Students' backgrounds include business management, marketing, engineering, finance, art and design, architecture, fine arts, and other fields.

The launch of MICA’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in the Business of Art & Design

A first-of-its-kind on-line Master of Professional Studies degree program specially tailored to provide advanced business management education for artists, designers and related professions. Students learn to start, sustain, or grow an art or design related business, or to be a dynamic creative manager working with or within a business. The 14-month degree program focuses on marketing, contracts and negotiation, finance, business writing, leadership, taxes, human resource management and more.

The launch of MICA’s Master of Professional Studies in the Information Visualization

MICA's MPS in Information Visualization prepares students from a variety of fields to translate their existing skills to the visualization industry and related areas. The first such MPS of its kind offered by an art college, the program was created specifically for artists and designers as well as professionals working in fields where the management of complex data through visualization is essential.

Growing MICA’s international presence through Summer Travel Intensive programs

Summer Travel Intensives provide students with access to places of great aesthetic & historical resonance and to the centers of contemporary art and design to enhance their art-making, and connect