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.

Applicants to the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution OR be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in good academic standing at an accredited college or university.

Salt Graduate Certificate Application Deadlines

Fall 2021

The application for Fall 2021 entry in Radio and Podcasting or Short Film is available on SlideRoom.

Fellowship Deadline: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Priority Application Deadline: Friday, August 13, 2021

We will review applications every month from April through August in order to render decisions in a timely manner as you complete your application to help you plan. Applications received after August 13, 2021 will be reviewed as space is available in the Fall class.

How to Apply to the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA

Please submit the following materials for a complete application. Most of these requirements can be submitted directly to the online application.

☐ Completed Application

We accept applications online through SlideRoom. Start or finish your SlideRoom application here.

☐ Application Fee

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

In order to make applying to Salt as accessible as possible, please let us know if you need a fee waiver by emailing us at

☐ Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent includes two parts:

— a 500-word essay that describes your interest in documentary studies and which Salt track you intend to pursue while at MECA, either Radio & Podcasting or Short Film.

— roughly 500 words that encompass that least two (2) short pitches (1–2 paragraphs each) describing stories that you would like to potentially pursue while at Salt. Each pitch should include basic information about the story, including mention of a potential main character and setting, as well as why it's interesting, and how you would potentially approach reporting it. While you are not obligated to pursue these stories if admitted to Salt, these pitches are important as they show curiosity, research skills, and problem-solving.

Please submit your statement of intent on the SlideRoom application.

☐ CV or Resumé

This should include education, employment history, exhibitions/publications, and honors. Please upload a PDF version of your CV or resumé to your SlideRoom application.

☐ References

Please provide information from two people who know you well. These can be professional and/or educational references or anyone else who can speak to your abilities, work ethic, and character. They do not need to send a written letter of recommendation; you will only be asked to fill in their name, email, and phone number and in what capacity you know or have worked with them.

☐ Official College Transcripts

We require official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions. 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 at MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

If your institution is mailing your transcripts, please have them sent to the following address:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Salt Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

☐ Portfolio Requirements

Please submit the portfolio for review on your SlideRoom application.

Choose from ONE of the following options:

Radio & Podcasting
Two short audio stories, ranging from 3-5 minutes

Submit one .mp3 file per piece. (Note that .wav, .aiff, or .mp4s file formats are not accepted.) Files should be labeled as follows: FirstnameLastname_audio01.mp3, FirstnameLastname_audio02.mp3

Short Film
Two short, 2-3 minute films. Future film-makers may choose to substitute 20 photos that create a visual narrative, or a 20-photo slideshow.

File requirements:
— video (.mp4, up to 250MB each)
— images (.jpg, up to 5MB each or 250MB collection)

Captions are permitted but not required. If you would like to submit your images in book format, please format as a PDF, up to 10MB. Files should be labeled as follows: FirstnameLastname_image01.jpg, FirstnameLastname_image02.jpg

Please note: We are not looking for “professional” or “distribution ready” pieces — gaining that level of achievement is one reason why students apply to Salt in the first place. We are interested in your potential and what type of stories you feel compelled to tell. Salt is looking for individuals with all levels of media ability, from beginning to advanced students.

Additional Application Notes

Candidates may be interviewed by phone or Skype by Salt faculty or staff from the Admissions committee.

If you plan to apply for need-based aid, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), if you have not already done so. The application is available online here. If you have questions about applying for financial aid, please see our Tuition and Financial Aid page or contact the Office of Financial Aid by email at; or by phone at (800) 639-4808. Maine College of Art’s FAFSA code is 011673.

MECA received Visa Approval for the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies, which now allows students who reside outside of the United States to apply and become a student candidate.

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Probably Joel ’17, Cape Elizabeth