Schedule a Visit

Visit MECA’s campus to see our unique community at work. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and specialized equipment, walk through our studios, and talk with our students and faculty.

Undergraduate (BFA) Tours for Individual Students & Families

Undergraduate (BFA) campus tours are available this summer Monday through Friday by appointment; they last about 1 hour. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a visit; we generally need at least 48 hours notice if possible. Portfolio reviews and information sessions (roughly a half-hour each) are also available by appointment and can be conducted after a tour of the campus.

To schedule your individual visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at or by phone at 800.699.1509.

Undergraduate (BFA) Tours for High School Groups

BFA Group Tours for high school groups are available by appointment. For high school art classes who would like a tour of the studios, we can accept 25 students maximum per tour, which must be accompanied by at least two adult chaperones.

For all other high school groups, we can accept a maximum of 40 students per tour, who must be accompanied by at least four adult chaperones (or, one chaperone per ten students). These tours will be able to view any exhibitions on the lower level, first floor, and second floor, as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art and our Artists at Work gallery. Please note that the ICA is closed on Monday and Tuesday and opens at 11am Wednesday through Friday.

All group tours are subject to tour guide availability and seasonal capacity. Please contact the Office of Admissions at or by phone at 800.699.1509 to set up a visit for your high school group.

Graduate (MFA, MAT, & Salt) Tours & Skype Info Sessions

visits are available Monday through Friday by appointment:

Master of Fine Arts visits will start with a tour of the department and facilities with a current MFA student and can be followed by an information session with our Graduate Admissions Counselor. The entire visit lasts about 1–1.5 hours.

Master of Arts in Teaching visits will start with a tour of the department and facilities with a current MAT student and can be followed by an information session with a current student and/or our Graduate Admissions Counselor. The visit should last about 1 hour.

Visits for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate will include a tour of the campus with the Graduate Admissions Counselor, followed by an info session about the program. This visit generally lasts about 1 hour.

To schedule your graduate visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at or by phone at 800.699.1509. We are also happy to meet with you on Skype or Google Video.

Open Houses at MECA

Visit us for an Open House! These events are a great opportunity to see MECA’s amazing facilities, have a portfolio review, and meet with our students, faculty, and staff. Please see below for information on upcoming Open House dates for our undergraduate & graduate programs.

Upcoming Open Houses & Transfer Days

Summer 2019 Schedule

Friday, July 26
Registration + Finishing Day
Registration form coming soon




Attend an Undergraduate (BFA) Open House

Our typical BFA Open House schedule is below. We encourage prospective graduate students (MFA, MAT and/or Salt programs) to register for these dates as well and we will coordinate individualized tours and information sessions with current students, faculty, alum and admissions counselors based on your program interests.

When you register for the event, we’ll send a confirmation and outline of the day.  A week before the event, we’ll email you a full schedule so you know exactly what to expect.

  • Check-In and Light Breakfast
  • Campus & Housing Tours — choose from one of the following when you register
    • Track 1: Ceramics, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
    • Track 2: Animation & Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music, Textile & Fashion Design, Woodworking & Furniture Design
  • Lunch
  • Information Session
  • Optional: Portfolio Reviews, Housing Tours, mobile screenprinting station, and meetings with Financial Aid, Student Life, Admissions, and more!

Recommended Hotels

Portland has several excellent options to stay downtown. Below are a few of our recommendations; you’ll find several other options through a quick Google search or on AirBnb.

Holiday Inn By the Bay

207.775.2311 | 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
When booking, ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate:
Jan 1–Dec 31, 2019: 15% off best flexible rate when booking
Rates may change without announcement.

Hyatt Place Portland Old Port

207.775.1000 | 433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101
When booking, call sales at 207-770-2404 or 207-770-2403 and ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate.

The Westin Portland Harborview

157 High Street, Portland, ME 04101
Bookings can be made online with corporate code/SET# 552691
+ Jan 1–Apr 30: $119 + tax/room
+ May 1–Jun 30: $189 + tax/room
+ July 1–Oct 31: $209 + tax/room
+ Nov 1–Dec 31: $119 + tax/room
These rates include wi-fi and are available with the exception of high volume when the hotel is expected to sell out and with the exception of the following blackout dates: July 19–21, July 26–28, and August 3–4, 2019.

The Press Hotel

119 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
To make a reservation, call (207) 808-8800 and ask for the Maine College of Art special rate.