Maine College of Art welcomes the diversity and range of experience that transfer students bring to our community, and we are committed to transferring as many of your previously earned credits as possible. Members of our Admissions staff are available to meet with you to review your transcripts and determine how your previously earned credits will apply to MECA’s curricular requirements. Call us at 800.699.1509 to make an appointment to talk about transferring into MECA.

Credit Placement

We use the following guidelines to transfer your existing credits into our curriculum:

  • A “C” or higher must be earned.
  • Courses must be 100 level or higher (no remedial courses).
  • Official Transcripts must be submitted. Faxed or unofficial copies are not accepted as proof of credit.
  • The college or university must be regionally accredited.
  • Courses must be worth 3 credits (or 5 quarter hours).

Transfer Scholarships

MECA has scholarship funds designated specifically for transfer students. Admitted students are considered for scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $14,000 per year. These scholarships are renewable each semester of enrollment provided the student maintains good academic standing. Applicants must complete all admission requirements prior to receiving a scholarship award.

Application Requirements

In addition to the application requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts outlined here, transfer students (anyone who has previously matriculated at another college or university) must submit all transcripts for previous college or university attendance. This requirement includes colleges where you earned less than 3 credits or no credit at all (for example, you withdrew before completing coursework). Your application will also need to include your final high school transcript with your printed graduation date.

Transfer from a community college

We can help you map out a clear path from a community college to MECA. Transfer evaluations are done on a case-by-case basis and it is best to begin a conversation with an admissions counselor as soon as possible to plan a course of study at a community college that will easily transfer to MECA’s BFA requirements.

MECA has existing articulation agreements with Southern Maine Community College, Great Bay Community College, and NHTI – Concord’s Community College. These articulation agreements allow for qualifying SMCC, GBCC and NHTI students to seamlessly enter into MECA’s four-year BFA program in the junior year. We are pleased to work with students from other community colleges as well to facilitate transfer of coursework and credits.

If you are interested in transferring to MECA, please be in touch with Admissions as soon as possible. Transferring into a four-year bachelor of fine arts program can be bumpy, and we want to make sure you are making the most of your community college experience (and sometimes that means transferring before earning your associates degree). Call us at 800.699.1509 today to talk about the best path for you.