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How to apply to our MAT program

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.

We encourage students to apply by the regular application deadline stated for the program. Each applicant is considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance into the college.

Summer 2020 Application Deadline: Rolling admissions through June 1, 2020 as space permits.

Application Process:

☐ Application Fee

Non-refundable $50 application fee ($70 for international students)
Payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check.

☐ Artist Statement

Submit an artist statement in which you describe your work within a cultural, contemporary, and historical context.

☐ Portfolio

Please submit a digital portfolio consisting of 15–20 work samples with no more than 5 minutes of film/video that is a representation of recent work, ranging from six months to a year, with accompanying image list. The list should include title, material, date and scale or duration. As you decide what to submit, remember that as an art educator you will be asked to teach a range of media. When choosing pieces, show depth in one area of your current practice as well as knowledge in a variety of media. Your portfolio can be submitted using or linking to a website.

☐ Full Curriculum Vitae

This should include education, employment history, exhibitions, publications, honors, etc.

☐ Official Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are required, even if credit was not earned. Transcripts will be considered official if they are sent digitally to using a digital credential service such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse, or in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. The applicant can deliver transcripts in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

If the previously attended institution/s is to send by mail, address it:

ATTN: MAT Admissions
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

In order to award you financial aid, we need transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if credit was not earned.

BFA, BA, or BS in Art is required. 3.0 minimum GPA in liberal arts and 3.2 in studio courses. 30 studio credits and 12 art history credits required, however, each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis.

☐ Two Recommenders

Teaching involves more than effective planning and instructional knowledge, a teacher’s disposition toward students and a love of art provide the basis of what we are looking for in our MAT candidates.

Please provide information — name, email, and phone number and in what capacity you know or have worked with them — from two references who can speak to your professional attitudes, beliefs and values – among them accountability, a sense of fairness, caring and integrity.

Recommenders do not need to send a written letters of recommendation, but they will need to fill out the MAT Candidate Disposition Form here.

☐ Interview

You are required to interview virtually with the MAT Admissions Committee upon completion of your application package. Applicants will be notified via email when the application is approved for the interviewing stage. Note that you must meet the requirements listed above in order for the Office of Admissions to move forward with your application.

If you have any questions about meeting our admission requirements, please email Joel Tsui, Graduate Admissions Counselor at

☐ Praxis Tests

It is strongly recommended that you take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712 Reading, 5722 Writing, & 5732 Math) and the Praxis II exam (5134 Art: Content Knowledge) as soon as possible. While not a condition for acceptance, candidates are strongly encouraged to enter the program with successful completion of these exams before the August coursework begins. Successful completion is a prerequisite to entering student teaching. Learn more

For more information, contact or call 207.699.5023