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.
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
- Commercial Illustration
- Comic + Graphic Novel Illustration
- Fashion + Textile Design
- Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design
- 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.
2019 Program Dates
July 7–27, 2019. The program culminates with an exhibition of student work and a reception for students, family and friends.
2019 Application Deadline
Priority Deadline: February 1, 2019
General Deadline: April 16, 2019
Certain majors fill up quickly. Admitted students whose applications are post-marked by February 1, 2019 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, 2019 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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