Our undergraduate, graduate, and Pre-College programs require an application. Our continuing and professional studies courses simply require registration.

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.

Any student graduating from high school or earning the equivalency may apply for admission to our Bachelor of Fine Arts program. If you are currently enrolled at another college, are not presently in school or are working full-time, you are welcome to apply to join our thriving community. We invite applications from students who will contribute to the diversity of our student body, including traditional high school applicants, transfers, non-traditional and international students and veterans. Applicants not seeking a BFA degree may apply for non-degree student status.

We welcome students to apply by the priority application deadlines stated for each program. Each applicant is considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance into the College.

Full Tuition application deadline: January 25, 2019
Students interested in being considered for the full tuition scholarship offered in the MFA program must submit their completed application by this date. Applications received after this date will not be considered for the full tuition scholarship.

Priority application deadline: February 20, 2019
To apply for admission to our MFA program, either as a Full or Low residency student, please submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  • Non-refundable $50 application fee ($70 for international students).
    Payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check.
  • A letter of intent of roughly seven-hundred and fifty words that describes your intended field of exploration.
    The letter of intent should include an analysis of the applicant’s current work and goals for graduate study. Goals should include a discussion of the work related to material, cultural, or critical contexts.
  • Up to twenty digital images or 10 minutes of video (maximum).
    This submission can be completed at meca.slideroom.com.
  • A full curriculum vitae.
    This should include education, employment history, exhibitions, publications, honors, etc.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    Transcripts will be considered official if they are sent digitally to admissions@meca.edu 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. 3.0 minimum GPA is required.If the previously attended institution is to send by mail, address it: ATTN: MFA at MECA 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.

  • Two letters of recommendation.
    These letters should be written by individuals who can speak from direct experience about your potential to thrive within a rigorous, cross-disciplinary graduate environment. Letters should address your ability to work independently, to contribute to an intensive learning community, as well as your artistic promise.


Additional Application Notes

  • Candidates may be interviewed via Skype by the Admissions Committee. Finalists may be required to make a presentation of their work to the Committee or submit additional written work as requested.
  • Accepted international students must complete and submit the Declaration of Finances (DOF) form to the Admissions office.
  • Applications are accepted until February 20, 2019, and on a rolling basis until May 1, 2019. Rolling admission is offered as space permits.