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PRE-COLLEGE 2015:  July 12 – August 1

The residential Pre-College program provides high school students with the skills to embark on a rigorous study of the arts.

Students begin by choosing either a Visual Arts or Theater Arts track.  See curriculum tab above.

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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 include dedicated professionals who are practicing studio artists; instructors at Maine College of Art; and other faculty from institutions across the nation.  The education and experience of MECA's instructors 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. Visual Arts students gain the experience of working in fully equipped studios with professional artists.

Theater Arts students spend their days at Portland Stage Company, Maine’s largest fully professional, non-profit theater, conveniently located 2 minutes away by foot from MECA's Porteous Building. The Mainstage at Portland Stage Company offers a beautiful 286-seat proscenium theater with raked seating, a state-of-the-art sound system and a 120-dimmer lighting system.

All students live in MECA’s Oak Street Residence hall. This 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, an inspiring restaurant scene, coffee houses, galleries, theaters and artist studios.

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.

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The Visual Arts Pre-College program is designed to help students develop their art and design skills while experiencing what it means to be a full-time art student.  All students participate in a foundation curriculum that focuses on observational drawing and design, while also selecting from a variety of specialized courses.  Students choose a primary focus area followed by an elective.

Choose a primary focus:
Illustration | Painting | Photography | Textile & Fashion Design

Choose an elective:
Painting | Illustration | Jewelry | Printmaking | Ceramics

The Theater Arts Pre-College program offers a concentrated immersion in acting and life in a professional theater.  All students participate in a curriculum that focuses on scene study, voice and movement, text analysis, design and theater production, with an emphasis on personal and professional growth through hands-on training.  Additional workshops include directing, choreography, dialect and stage combat.

Students from the Visual Arts and Theater Arts programs join forces after dinner to participate in an array of workshops that include creative writing, music, film and additional visual arts and theater activities.

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


Tuition $1600
Room & Board $1200
Studio Supplies $325*
Dorm Security Deposit $150
Application Fee $10
Total $3285

$500 Program Deposit is due upon acceptance.

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

Refund Policy
Requests for refunds must be received in writing by June 1, 2015. No refund requests will be considered after that date. Application fees ($10) are not refundable.



Scholarship application priority deadline:
 April 20, 2015

We are pleased to announce the Anthony Quinn Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program for potential pre-college students, available through the Maine Arts Commission.  Learn more here.

Partial awards are also available through the Maine College of Art and are based on financial need.

The Pre-College online application for attendance includes the scholarship application.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply early, as funds are limited.


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


Once students are admitted to the Pre-College program, they will receive via US mail a handbook, sample program schedule and orientation schedule.  These are available for download.

Student Handbook

Orientation Schedule

Sample Schedule


Please print, fill out and return the following packet of forms by May 29, 2015.

Admitted Student Packet

Individual forms from the packet are also available below.

Medical Form

Photo Release Form

Policy Agreement

Roommate Questionnaire

Travel Information

Supply Information



Application priority deadline: April 20, 2015

Pre-College Application Checklist:

+ Online Application (below!)

+ Application Fee: $10, non-refundable, payable by check or credit card

+ Letter of Recommendation from an art teacher, theater teacher, or counselor

+ Statement of Intent addressing why you want to attend and what you hope to gain from the Pre-College experience (one-page maximum)

+ Copy of your high school transcript(s): both official and unofficial transcripts will be accepted

+ Copy of tax forms if applying for Financial Aid

Please mail your letter of recommendation, statement of intent, transcripts, and application fee (if paying by check) to:

Pre-College 2015
Maine College of Art — Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101 

For questions or more information please contact Admissions at 207.699.5026 or 800.699.1509 or

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