Maine College of Art & Design welcomes applications from international students. Due to the time involved in fulfilling legal requirements, it is recommended that international applicants submit all application materials six months prior to the start of the semester.

Deadlines for entry in Summer 2021

Priority Deadline: February 26, 2021
After the priority deadline, we will accept applications on a rolling basis through May 1, 2021 as space permits.

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

International MFA Application Requirements

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 SlideRoom Application

The 2021 MFA application is available on SlideRoom and can be accessed here:

☐ Application Fee

The application fee is $70 for all applicants, and are payable by credit card on the SlideRoom application. Application fees are are non-refundable.

☐ 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. We prefer your statement to be submitted as a PDF in order to preserve your formatting, but you may also upload a Word document if necessary.

☐ Curriculum Vitae

Please submit a full curriculum vitae which includes your education, employment history, exhibitions, publications, and honors. We prefer your statement to be submitted as a PDF in order to preserve your formatting, but you may also upload a Word document if necessary.

☐ 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.

On the SlideRoom application, you will enter the names, titles, emails, and phone numbers for two recommenders as well as the nature of your relationship and how long you have known them. SlideRoom will generate an invitation to your recommenders automatically with a link for them to upload their recommendation letter directly to your application.

☐ 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 are sent by the issuing institution through Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Service, or if they arrive to MECA&D in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). Please note: if transfer credit is being sought, applicants must request a “course by course” credential evaluation report through World Education Services.

All documents must be in English, therefore official translations are required.

If your institution is mailing your transcripts, they should be sent to:
Maine College of Art & Design
Attn: Graduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

☐ Digital Portfolio

Your portfolio should be submitted for review directly on your SlideRoom application. Please submit 15–20 digital images of work, or up to 10 minutes of video.

☐ Demonstration of English Proficiency

If your primary language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The following are acceptable forms of documentation:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA&D.
  • Written TOEFL Test: minimum test score of 550.
  • Internet TOEFL Test: minimum test score of 79.
  • Pearson PTE Test: minimum test score of 53.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA&D, minimum score of 6.5.
  • Graduation from a US high school with at least 2 years of high school English, not in conjunction with English as a Second Language (ESL), and documentation of a B average or higher.
  • Completion of 2 consecutive semesters of English Composition taken at a regionally accredited US college while carrying a full-time course load and not in conjunction with ESL. A minimum grade of B is required in each semester.
  • Completion of the equivalent of 2 years at an English speaking higher education institution and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Documentation can be sent to:
Maine College of Art & Design
Attn: International Graduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

☐ Visa Requirements for International Students

Once you have submitted your enrollment fee and submitted your DOF, MECA&D will issue you an I-20 form, which you will use to apply for your student visa at a US consulate or embassy.

You will need to submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions in order to receive your I-20:

  • Declaration of Finances (DOF) form
  • For your DOF to be processed we will need a scanned copy of your passport in color. You can send this with your completed DOF mail or send a digital copy.
  • The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires that international applicants submit to MECA&D a declaration of finances (DOF) indicating that the applicant has financial resources adequate to provide for his or her expenses without resorting to unauthorized employment. The amount declared must reflect the total sum of tuition, fees and living expenses for one academic year of study and must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at MECA&D.
  • Verification of Finances (VOF)

All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated by a verification of finances (VOF) from the student’s bank or sponsor’s bank. All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the bank must supply the current exchange rate. Official and original documentation must be provided. All supporting documentation must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at Maine College of Art & Design.

Please note that it can take up to six weeks for an I-20 form to be processed and delivered. We encourage you to submit this documentation as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Emily Brighi, International Student Counselor, at 207.699.5028 or

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.

Have questions?

Contact the International Student Counselor:
Emily Brighi
Phone: 1.207.669.5028
Cell+Text: 1.207.318.4071

Featured image: Inass Yassin MFA '19