The New York-based Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) is changing its name.

Originally founded as independent organizations that merged in 2002, the institute's name has always cited its parentage, but at the cost of simplicity and neglecting the institute's focus on the fine arts (a close ally to classical architecture). Going forward, the nonprofit will operate as the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), with the same goal of advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts through education, advocacy, and publications.

In other ICAA news, the institute is now accepting applications for the inaugural year of its recently launched Beaux-Arts Atelier. This one-year, full-time, non-accredited intensive program is focused on the study of architectural design in the mode of the École des Beaux-Arts. The program comprises five six-week terms and a two-week travel term in Rome.

The curriculum is built around several areas of study: geometry and proportion, The Orders, drawing and drafting, modeling and sculpting, history and theory of classical architecture, study of New York buildings, architectural rendering in wash, anatomy, figure drawing, and cast drawing. Each six-week term includes a design studio that meets three times per week, during which students integrate what they've learned in the other courses. Each design studio begins with a different design problem for which students work intensively for one week to establish a preliminary design, which is then developed in detail over the subsequent five weeks of the term and presented to a jury of practitioners for evaluation. The program includes assistance with internship placement with an ICAA professional member firm.

Scholarships and other financial aid are available to assist with tuition for the Beaux-Arts Atelier through the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

The Beaux-Arts Atelier's first year runs September 2011 – June 2012. Applications are due by May 15. Click here for more information and to download the application.