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Your Future As An Artist

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Ceramics, Illustration, Fashion, Printmaking, Photography, Music + More!

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As An Artist + Person

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The first step to creative freedom. The residential Pre-College program provides high school students with the skills to embark on a rigorous study of the arts.

How to Apply

Pre-College is open to students who have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Students customize their individual Pre-College program by choosing two majors from the following media:

  • Children’s Book Illustration
  • Music: Composition + Collaboration
  • B + W Darkroom Photography
  • Painting
  • Commercial Illustration
  • Comic + Graphic Novel Illustration
  • Ceramics
  • Fashion + Textile Design
  • Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Woodworking + Furniture Design

Each major is given equal time. All students take a life drawing class.


Pre-College faculty members include dedicated professionals who are practicing studio artists, instructors at Maine College of Art, and other faculty from institutions across the nation. The education and experience of MECA’s instructors reflect the College’s national reputation, its dedication to a solid studio foundation and the strength of its studio majors.

Pre-College Portfolio Scholarship

Maine College of Art offers a merit scholarship of $1500 for all Pre-College participants who are accepted to MECA’s BFA program.  All Pre-College students are invited to participate in the Pre-College Portfolio Day, which is held during the last week of the program. Recent high school or personal work may be included. In addition, all participants will receive an application fee waiver to MECA’s BFA Program.

Program Dates

July 8–28, 2018. The program culminates with an exhibition of student work and a reception for students, family and friends.

Application Deadline

2018 Application Deadlines: February 1 (Priority Deadline) & April 16 (General Deadline)

Certain majors fill up quickly. Admitted students whose applications are post-marked by February 1, 2018 will be ensured the majors of their choice and will be given priority consideration for financial aid.

Following the February 1 Priority Deadline, preference will be given to applications received by April 16, 2018 or until the program reaches maximum capacity. Financial aid will continue to be awarded as funds remain available.


If you have any questions about deadlines, programs or financial aid, please call us directly at 207.699.5061. We are here to help.

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What do our alumni do?

Statistics from the 2015 Strategic National Arts Alumni project (SNAAP)

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55% is the national average for arts alumni that work as professional artists.

45% is the national average for arts alumni that are self employed, independent contractors, or freelance workers.


Work as professional artists


Work as graphic designers, illustrators, or art directors


Founded a business


Work as craft artists


Work as fine artists


Work as art teachers


Pursued an MFA after graduation


Are self-employed, independent contractors or freelance workers


Make art in their personal time

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