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ALL NEW BFA STUDENTS (Friday, August 29 - Monday, September 2)

BFA Orientation Schedule: Students in FYIN (FYL) Classes

BFA Orientation Schedule: Transfer Students in In:MECA

Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

New First Year + Transfer Residential Students

On Friday, August 29 all new students living on-campus should report directly to their residence hall according to the 
following schedule:

       Miles Standish Floors 1, 2, & 5: 8am -10am
       Miles Standish Floors 3 & 4: 10am -noon

       Oak Street Floors 2 & 5: 8am - 10am 
       Oak Street Floors 3 & 4: 10am - noon

       Shepley Apartments: 8am - Noon

They will then be given a time-slot to check in separately at Porteous to finalize outstanding items, get their ID, + more.  

NON RESIDENTIAL NEW STUDENTS

        See FAQ link above for more info.

 

RETURNING STUDENTS

Returning residential students move in Sunday, Aug 31 from 9am-2pm

All residential students MUST have all Financial Aid and all Student Account issues clear prior to moving into the halls.

ALL BFA STUDENTS MUST FINALIZING ITEMS 

Each year we ask returning students to stop by, check-in and get a new ID card. Several course details such as times, days, rooms and professors adjust over summer.

This quick double check-in will take approx. 30 minutes.

THIS IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS  

Pick a time, pop-in. We will be available Mon-Thurs,  Aug 25-28,  9:00-3:00

Where do you go: MECA 2nd floor Admin Lobby         

IMPORTANT: Please try to stop in and finalize all of the various loose ends before school starts.  

If you live out of the area and cannot make this event, email Anne Dennison at adennison@meca.edu  or Julie Smith at jsmith@meca.edu for confirmation on any missing items. 

 

MFA Info

MFA Orientation Schedule (Friday, June 13)

MAT Info

MAT Orientation Schedule (Monday, August 4)


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 questions may be directed to Housing@meca.edu

Orientation & General questions may be directed to Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement 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

 

 

bfafyin14.pdfArt 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. MECA does not provide physical healthcare services. 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 12, 2014 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. MECA does not provide physical healthcare services.  We strongly encourage students to find a primary care doctor prior to attending MECA. 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.

 

 

 

MailME 2014 information will be mailed to incoming BFA students in July!

 

 

Supply Lists for Fall 2014 Foundation Courses

 

FYL 100 [PE] FY-IN Sections 

Title: Portland Walking Library

Faculty: Samantha Haedrich

Required Summer Reading:

Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

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Title: Re-imagine + Imagine

Faculty: Paul Gebhardt

No required summer reading for this section.


Title: Transporting and Capturing the Intangible

Faculty: Pilar Nadal

Required Summer Reading:

Outside Lies Magic, John R. Stilgoe

Required summer listening:

Find story-based podcasts such as This American Life, The Moth, Snap Judgement, and StoryCorps. Listen to at least 5 episodes. Record a brief synopsis and list what was of interest to you about each episode.


Title: The Power of Adornment

Faculty: Sharon Portelance

No required summer reading for this section.


Title: Games for Good

Faculty: George LaRou

No required summer reading for this section.

 

Title: Climate Change and Maine’s Island Communities

Faculty: Michel Droge

No required summer reading for this section.


Title: Community Action: Design and Activism

Faculty: Charles Melcher

Required Summer Reading:

Artists in Times of War, Howard Zinn, Seven Stories Press, 2003


Title: Out of Place

Faculty: Bennett Morris

No required summer reading for this section.