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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 Fall 2020 terms.

Fall 2020: Radio and Podcasting or Short Film
Priority and Fellowship* Deadline: June 5, 2020
Accepting applications through August 14, 2020 as space permits

*Fellowship 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.

Application Process

Please submit the following materials for a complete application. Most of these requirements can be submitted directly to the online application.

☐ Completed Application Form

Please click on the following links to create or to log in to your account:

☐ Application Fee

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

☐ Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent includes two parts”

— a 500 word essay that describes your interest in documentary studies and which Salt track you intend to pursue while at MECA, either Radio & Podcasting (Spring 2020 or Fall 2020), or Short Film (Fall 2020).

— roughly 500 words that encompass that least two (2) short pitches (1–2 paragraphs each) describing 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.

Please submit your statement of intent via email to or by mail to:

Maine College of Art
Attn: Salt Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

☐ Current Resumé

This should include education, employment history, exhibitions/publications, and honors. Please upload a PDF version of your resumé to the online application.

☐ References

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.

☐ Official College Transcripts

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

☐ Portfolio Requirements

Please submit the portfolio for review online via

Choose from ONE of the following options:

Radio & Podcasting
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_audio01.mp3, FirstnameLastname_audio02.mp3

Short Film
Two short, 2-3 minute films. Future film-makers may choose to substitute 20 photos that create a visual narrative, or a 20-photo slideshow.

File requirements:
— video (.mp4, up to 250MB each)
— images (.jpg, up to 5MB each or 250MB collection)

Captions are permitted but not required. If you would like to submit your images in book format, please format as a PDF, up to 10MB. Files should be labeled as follows: FirstnameLastname_image01.jpg, FirstnameLastname_image02.jpg

Please 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; or by phone at (800) 639-4808. Maine College of Art’s FAFSA code is 011673.

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