Yes and no. MECA was interested in Salt because of the special nature of its educational program, the caliber of documentary work that has been produced by its students, the student lives it has transformed, the program’s similarity to art and design pedagogy, and the way it has contributed to culture by telling the unique stories of the people of Maine. MECA’s primary interest is in preserving this “heart and soul” character of Salt.
However, all educational programs have to change to remain vibrant and relevant to their time and place, and to respond to changes in culture and media. As an art and design college, we have a responsibility to always be revising our curriculum and staying on the cutting edge of culture while honoring the long arc of visual culture. Additionally, there are specific standards that we have to meet for the program to become accredited.
Our plan is to continue to offer Salt’s four current tracks: radio, writing, photography and short film. Our plan is to be able to offer a graduate certificate in documentary storytelling and have the program fully accredited. This has also been Salt’s goal for many years. Some minor changes to the program may be required, but our research makes us confident these changes will not alter the fundamental nature of the Salt experience. We have submitted proposals to both of our accrediting bodies seeking approval for this program.