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PRE-COLLEGE 2014:  July 6 – July 26 


The Pre-College program at Maine College of Art is designed to give high school students the opportunity to discover the future as a student of art. During this first step to finding creative freedom, students get immersed in art for an entire month living life as a college student.

Click here to view photos from Pre-College '13. 

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Pre-College is open to students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.

Pre-College faculty members are dedicated professionals, practicing studio artists and college instructors at Maine College of Art as well as other institutions across the nation. Their education and experience reflect the College’s national reputation, its dedication to a solid studio foundation, and the strength of its studio majors.

Located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Portland, Maine College of Art occupies the 150,000 square foot Porteous building, a former department store built in Beaux-Arts style. During the Pre-College program, students gain the experience of working in fully equipped studios with professional artists.

Students live in MECA’s Oak Street Residence hall. This is a co-ed residence offers double rooms and laundry facilities. Rooms are segregated by gender, and students have a common area for socializing. Students also enjoy the MECA café, a full service food program with vegetarian as well as traditional options.

Portland, Maine is a small artistic, seacoast city with clean air, safe streets, and amazing natural surroundings. It is filled with funky shops, great restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and artist studios.

Pre-College Portfolio Scholarship
The Pre-College program offers the opportunity for a merit-based scholarship of a minimum of $1500 awarded only to Pre-College participants through a portfolio review process. All Pre-College students are invited to participate in the Pre-College Portfolio Day, which is held during the last week of the program. Recent high school or personal work may be included. In addition, all participants will receive an application fee waiver to MECA's BFA program.

Foundation: All students participate in a foundation core curriculum that focuses on drawing and design which helps develop and support the skills each student needs to pursue their major area of concentration. 

Students choose from one of the following majors:

Graphic Design | Illustration | Painting | Photography | Textile & Fashion Design


Students will receive grades for their work in Pre-College and earn 3 college-level studio elective credits upon successful completion of the program.

2014 Tuition and Fees

Resident     Commuter  
Tuition: $1600
Studio Supplies: $325
Residence Security Deposit: $150
Application Fee: $10
Room and Board: $1200
Tuition: $1600
Studio Supplies: $325
Application Fee: $10
Total: $3285     Total: $1935  

Covers basic consumable art supplies. Students will receive a list of items to bring, such as scissors, metal edge ruler and a sketchbook.

$500 Program deposit due upon acceptance.

Refund Policy
Requests for refunds must be received in writing by June 2, 2014. No refund requests will be considered after that date. Application fees ($10) are not refundable.

Scholarship application priority deadline: April 21, 2014

Full and partial scholarships are available and are based on Financial need.

The Pre-College printable application for attendance includes the scholarship application form.


For more information regarding scholarships, please contact Nik Bsullak at 207.699.5062 or email .


Application priority deadline: April 21, 2014

Complete the following steps to apply to the Pre-College Program

  • Download and complete the Pre-College printable application [PDF]
  • Obtain a recommendation letter from an art teacher or counselor
  • Send a CD of one drawing from observation
  • Submit all materials along with a $10 application fee to:

Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

For questions or more information please contact:

Admission at 207.699.5026 or 800.699.1509 or

Click here to view photos from Pre-College '13.