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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.

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.


We are currently accepting applications for entry in Summer 2020. The deadlines are as follows:

Rolling admissions: through May 1, 2020 as space permits

All incoming MFA students must start in June with the summer intensive. We do not offer Fall or Spring admission.

*The Full Tuition Application deadline has passed for MFA Fall of 2020.

Application Process

To apply for admission to our MFA program, either as a full- or low-residency student, please submit the following to the Admissions Office:

☐ Completed Application Form

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

☐ Application Fee

The application fee is $50 for applicants based in the United States and $70 for international applicants.

Application fees are payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check. They are 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 Fall 2019) in the memo line, and send to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Graduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

☐ Letter of Intent

Please submit a letter of intent of approximately 750 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, and critical contexts.

☐ Curriculum Vitae

Your full curriculum vitae should include education, employment history, exhibitions/publications, and honors. Please upload a PDF version of your CV to the online application.

☐ Two Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation letters should come from professional and/or educational references 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. Recommenders have the option of uploading their letter with your application or mailing the letter directly to our Admissions office. Please follow the instructions on the online application for upload instructions.

Mailed recommendations should arrive in an sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature over the seal. They can be mailed to:

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

☐ Official College Transcripts

We require official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions. 3.0 minimum GPA is required. Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to 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: Graduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

Please note: in order to be award federal/state financial aid, we require transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if credit was not earned.

☐ Digital Portfolio

Your portfolio should be submitted for review online at

Please submit 15 to 20 digital images of work, or up to 10 minutes of video.

☐ 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.

☐ International Applicants

For more information, contact or call 207.699.5023

Banner image: Will Jacks, MFA ’20, Hand Prints (detail), Silver Gelatin, 2019