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MECA’s community is as diverse and unique as each individual artist within it and each new student adds immeasurably to the vibrancy of our community. Applications are evaluated individually, with consideration given to the strength of the portfolio and academic achievement.
Applicants to the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution OR be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in good academic standing at an accredited college or university.
***MECA received Visa Approval for the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies, which now allows students who reside outside of the United States to apply and become a student candidate.
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 terms.
Spring 2020: Audio Storytelling
Priority & Fellowship Deadline: September 20, 2019
Final Admissions Deadline: November 15, 2019
Fall 2020: Audio Storytelling & Visual Storytelling
Priority & Fellowship Deadline: March 8, 2020
Final Admissions Deadline: April 19, 2020
*Note: In order for an application to be brought to the committee, it must be complete. All transcripts, recommendations, and portfolio pieces must be in by the two deadlines aforementioned in order to be considered.
Please submit the following materials for a complete application. Most of these requirements can be submitted directly to the online application.
Salt for All: We are committed to finding ways to create an even playing field for all applicants and would like to introduce a fee waiver code for folks who wish to use it. On the second page of the online application, it will ask if you have a fee waiver code, please insert ADM and it will waive the application fee.
If you do not wish to waive the application fee, it is $50 for applicants based in the United States and $60 for international applicants.
Application fees are payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check. They are non-refundable.
If you are mailing a check, please make it out to Maine College of Art. Be sure to clearly write your name, the program, year and semester you are applying for (i.e. Salt Spring 2020) in the memo line, and send to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Salt Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
A 500—1000 word essay that describes your interest in documentary studies and which Salt track you intend to pursue while at MECA. The two tracks are Audio Storytelling or Visual Storytelling. Please write short pitches (1–2 paragraphs) describing at least two (2) stories that you would like to potentially pursue while at Salt. Each pitch should include basic information about the story, including mention of a potential main character and setting, as well as why it’s interesting, and how you would potentially approach reporting it. While you are not obligated to pursue these stories if admitted to Salt, these pitches are important as they show curiosity, research skills, and problem-solving.
This should include education, employment history, exhibitions/publications, and honors. Please upload a PDF version of your resumé to the online application.
Please provide information from two people who know you well. These can be professional and/or educational references or anyone else who can speak to your abilities, work ethic, and character. They do not need to send a written letter of recommendation; you will only be asked to fill in their name, email, and phone number and in what capacity you know or have worked with them.
We require official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions. Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive at MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. Applicants may also hand-deliver transcripts as long as they are in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.
We will also accept official transcripts sent by the issuing institution through Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Service.
Official transcripts can be mailed to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Salt Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Please submit the portfolio for review online via meca.slideroom.com
Choose from ONE of the following options:
Two short audio stories, ranging from 3-5 minutes: submit one .mp3 file per piece. (Note that .wav, .aiff, or .mp4s file formats are not accepted.) Files should be labeled as follows: FirstnameLastname_radio01.mp3, FirstnameLastname_radio02.mp3
Two short video stories or 20 images creating a visual narrative or 10 singles and 10 narrative images.
+ Two 3–8 minute video documentaries or one 2–5 minute profile and one 3–8 minute video story.
File requirements: images (.jpg, up to 5MB each) | video (.mp3, up to 250MB each)
+ 20 cohesive photographs that explore one or two documentary topics or subjects. Captions are permitted but not required. If you would like to submit your images in book format, please format as a PDF.
File requirements: images (.jpg, up to 5MB each) | book (PDF, up to 10MB each)
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: We are not looking for “professional” or “distribution ready” pieces — gaining that level of achievement is one reason why students apply to Salt in the first place. We are interested in your potential and what type of stories you feel compelled to tell. Salt is looking for individuals with all levels of media ability, from beginning to advanced students.
Additional Application Notes
Candidates may be interviewed by phone or Skype by Salt faculty or staff from the Admissions committee.
If you plan to apply for need-based aid, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), if you have not already done so. The application is available online here. If you have questions about applying for financial aid, please see this page or contact the Office of Financial Aid by email at email@example.com; or by phone at (800) 639-4808. Maine College of Art’s FAFSA code is 011673.
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