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Spring 2014 Orientation:

Student Specific information about Financial Aid, tuition bills, Orientation, housing assignments, email & myMECA access and class schedules will be communicated directly to new students.

Orientation will be held January 14, 2014.

Click HERE to see the schedule.

 

Questions?

Course Schedule & Registration questions may be directed to Julie Smith, Assistant Registrar at jsmith@meca.edu or 207-699-5057

Financial Aid questions may be directed to Carri Frechette, Director of Financial Aid at cfrechette@meca.edu or 207-699-5073

Housing and ADA Accommodation questions may be directed to Dan Gardner, Director of Residential Education and Housing & ADA Coordinator at dgardner@meca.edu or 207-699-5067

Orientation & General questions may be directed to Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Engagement at aschwartz@meca.edu or 207-699-5034

Student Account and Billing questions may be directed to Judy Morin, Student Billing Coordinator at jmorin@meca.edu or 207-699-5049

 

 

Art Supplies


Students often chose to purchase art supplies at one of the following local vendors:  

Students may also chose to purchase supplies online, from other students or from larger retail stores accessible from METRO bus lines.

Banking

There are several banks with a large regional presence in close proximity to Maine College of Art(located at 522 Congress Street, 04101)
 

We encourage students to set up an account locally, and have banks on hand to during the first few days of the fall semester. 

Campus Dining
MECA offers campus dining options for residential students and off-campus students.  Students living off-campus may chose between a 7 or 17 weekly meal plan with the option to add MECA Bucks to be utilized in the retail space between plan hours.  Weekly meal plans provide students with a number of meals and do not rollover from one week to the next.    

Questions about special food needs, allergies or general inquires can be directed to General Manager, Pam Ryder at 207.699.5066 or pryder@MECA.edu

Counseling and Physical Health
MECA offers confidential and free counseling for students. Students needing physical health services are encouraged to find a doctor prior to attending MECA in the fall.  If you need help with referrals or local doctors, please contact Sheila Geant, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Counseling & Wellness at 207.699.5056 or sgeant@MECA.edu.  For more information on campus counseling services or physical health information, please visit Counseling and Physical Health.

Employment 
For more information on employment on and off-campus, please visit the Career Services website.

FERPA 
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects student privacy and access to student records.  For more information on FERPA, please visit the FERPA website.

Guide to Community Living
The Guide to Community Living provides vital information on residence hall programs, policies, and frequently asked questions. 

Health Insurance
Maine College of Art requires all degree seeking students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours to have either personal health insurance or register for MECA's student health plan.  For more Information visit MECA’s Health Plan site

Each academic year you will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students preferring to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan and premium cost from their tuition/fees billing, must be enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan and are REQUIRED to complete the on-line waiver form. The on-line waiver form must be completed and submitted by September 13, 2013 or the full charge will apply.

Parking
MECA does not provide on-campus parking but there are several locations to park in downtown Portland. Students may park on the public streets or in local parking garages.  Students living on-campus may apply for residential parking permit through the City of Portland.  Parking is on public streets and limited.  For more information on parking, please visit the Portland Parking Division website.

Public Transportation
The Greater Portland METRO Bus provides bus service for the city of Portland and the Maine Mall Area (located in South Portland).  MECA students may purchase discounted TenRide cards or Monthly Passes from the Anna Schwartz, the Director of Student Engagement at 207.699.5034 or aschwartz@MECA.edu

For more information on the public transportation, please visit the METRO website.

Residence Halls
For more information on MECA's residential facilities , please visit the Residential Education and Housing website.

Student Emergencies
MECA provides an on-call professional 24/7 for students to contact in the event of an emergency.  Students are provided the number at orientation and at the beginning of each semester.

Student Groups

Learn more about groups campus groups, the Student Center and area resources on the Student Engagement page.

Student Handbook 
All students are required to review the Student Handbook, annually, to understand College Policy and academic expectations. The handbook can be reviewed on the Student Affairs page.
 
Student IDs
Your MECA ID is the key to the campus, Portland Museum of Art, and discounts at various Portland businesses.   With your student ID you can check-out a book, eat in the Cafe, or attend campus-wide events and programs.  Student IDs are provided during orientation.  

Technology
Your MECA e-mail is the key to staying informed on-campus. To log onto your MECA e-mail click MECA Connect above. Each student is issued a MECA e-mail address.  This e-mail address provides access to internal websites and is the official method of communication between faculty, staff, and students.  MECA provides three computer labs with Apple computers and all the software an artist needs.  For information on purchasing computer hardware or software, please visit MECA's Technology Department.

Parents, families, and friends play a vital role in a students transition to campus and longterm academic success . We want to ensure that your transition to college life is as successful as your students! If we can provide you will additional information not listed on the page, please do not hesitate to contact us at 207.699.5034 or newstudent@MECA.edu.
 

Counseling and Physical Health
MECA offers confidential and free counseling for students. We strongly encourage students to find a primary care doctor prior to attending MECA in the fall.  Your insurance company should be able to assist you with finding local providers.

If you need  additional help with referrals or local doctors, please contact Sheila Geant, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Counseling & Wellness at 207.699.5056 or sgeant@MECA.edu

For more information on campus counseling services or physical health information, please visit Counseling and Physical Health.
 

FERPA 
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects student privacy and access to student records.  More information on FERPA.

Parent or Family Concern
Have a concern about the safety or wellbeing of your student, please contact the college at 207.775.3052 and ask to be connected to a Student Affairs staff member.  

If you have a general concern, you are encouraged to utilize MECA Alert, by  submitting an online form outlining your concern: meca.edu/alert

Parent Page 
Stay up to date with information about special events and Portland on the Parent's Page.

Student Emergencies
MECA provides an on-call professional 24/7 for students to contact in the event of an emergency.  Students are provided the number at orientation and at the beginning of each semester.

 

Click to See Supply Lists for DR100, FN 101, FN 113 & FN 115

Required Summer Reading for Fall 2013 FY-IN (FYL) Classes 

FYL 100-1 [PE] Out of Place

How do we define ourselves based on our place?  What do we leave behind and what do we take with us to new places? How do we place the things we make in a specific context?  These are just a few of the questions we will answer in this section of FY-in. We will spend a considerable amount of  time outside exploring our surroundings and discovering the ways place can inspire and inform our artwork. Digital photography and bookmaking will be the primary processes we use to record and articulate our ideas. Please have a basic digital camera and the willingness to traverse your new surroundings on foot. 

Required summer reading: Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places John R. Stilgoe

 

FYL 100–2 [PE] Build Your Own Cities

This course will look at the city we live in and its architecture, infrastructure, and connections (both physical and figurative) as both a source for inspiration and a potential collaborator. We will create works in both 3d and 2d mediums that address what makes our place unique while re-imagining our place within it. Students will study their city, its buildings, its systems, and its various institutions and make a point to immerse themselves in their new setting. This study through experience will inform the work that is made in a variety of ways.

Required summer reading: Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino

 

FYL 100–3 [PE] The Power of Adornment

In this section of FY-In we will explore the nature of adornment. Adornment has been used to lure and seduce, as a branding tool to distinguish group identities, and as a means to display wealth and power. We will research various historical and contemporary cultures, including our own, and learn how adornment has been used throughout time. Construction methods will focus on alternative and/or recycled materials, and on various means of making cold connections. Through research, material exploration and brainstorming students will design and produce individual and collaborative projects that explore aspects of adornment in relationship to contemporary culture. 

Required summer reading: The Language of Ornament, by James Trilling (ISBN: 0-500-20343)

 

FYL 100-4 [PE] Inhabit: Explorations in Drawing and Painting in Portland

In this section of FY-In, students will explore themes of people, place, and community by observing, researching, recording, and responding. We will investigate the community and landscape that we inhabit and how we situate ourselves within it through the disciplines of Painting and Drawing. Assignments will require students to explore beyond what is known, to navigate modes of research, and make discoveries. Processes that encourage concept development will be built into assignments. Assignments will require explorations both in and around Portland and within a studio environment. Course readings, projects, and dialogue will introduce students to many different ways of working and highlight the work of artists who produce work in a variety of ways and outcomes.

Required summer reading: Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit.

 

FYL 100-5  Active Objects: Impacting Art & Design

In this section of FY-In students will research and create art and design that is meaningful, purposeful and engaging. We will challenge and question the traditional role of the artist and imagine alternatives, seeking collaborations and finding connections with each other and the community.  Working both independently and collaboratively, a series of artist’s books will be created using direct techniques such as drawing, collage, print and photography in response to our research and dialogues.

Required summer reading:  Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

 

FYL 100-6  Community Action: Design and Activism

In this section of FY-In, students will investigate the history of design/media as it has been used for social change. This course will enlarge the community of interest about an environmental issue of importance in Maine and nationally. Students will design and produce individual and collaborative projects using a variety of print and digital applications and delivery systems to publish, distribute, and intervene. Students will investigate issues with the intention of increasing the public’s understanding. Students are introduced to the concepts of problem-posing design/media/art, public engagement, and collaborative design practice by examining the work of contemporary design and participating in a collaborative project with a local community partner.

Required summer reading:  Artists in Times of War, Howard Zinn, Seven Stories Press, 2003

             

FYL 100–7 [PE] Portland Harborwalk: You Are Here

In this section of FY–In, students will work with several community partners to create a temporary public art installation along Portland’s waterfront. The course will offer students the opportunity to explore the Portland cityscape and relationship to the Casco Bay. Assignments will require both work in the field and within a studio environment. As a group, we will begin to map the area through observation and research. The class will embark on several walks along the waterfront and meet with community groups. Throughout the semester, we will discuss artists who use the city as a catalyst for creativity as well as examples of information design for public places. Students do not need to have any specialized knowledge, but will be encouraged to bring their individual skills and interests to their work.

Required summer reading: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

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