Upcoming BFA Open Houses

The Offices of Admissions will be hosting virtual and in-person Open Houses this year. See below for the schedule and registration information. Application fee waiver codes will be provided to anyone who attends a virtual event.

Virtual Open House Dates

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Register at the form below!

Register for a Virtual Open House

Register for a Virtual Open House at MECA

  • If you go by another name other than the one listed above, you may enter it here. Please note that this is the name we will use for emails, mailings, and name tags.
  • We'll contact you to schedule an individual portfolio review with you and an Admissions Counselor, alum, or faculty member on the day of the Open House.

 

Upcoming Undergraduate Info Sessions + Presentations

View the descriptions and dates for upcoming webinars and presentations below, then register for as many as you'd like at the form in the last toggle.

All sessions are live captioned and recorded. Please let us know if you need any accommodations and we will be happy to make arrangements.

Portfolio Prep for Juniors & Seniors | January 20

Portfolio Prep
Wednesday, January 20 | 3pm EST
When applying to college, your portfolio is the most important piece — it helps us get to know who you are as a person and as an artist. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can learn what we look for in a completed portfolio, what will help you stand out, and how to hone your artistic voice.

MECA Admissions Presentation | February 3

MECA Admissions Presentation
Wednesday, February 3 | 6pm EST
Monday, February 15 | 3pm EST

Thursday, March 11 | 3pm EST
Friday, April 9 | 3pm EST
Designed for all prospective students to the BFA/undergraduate program, this presentation will help you learn more about Maine College of Art, including our majors and facilities, available financial aid and scholarships, and how to apply. We'll also show you lots of student work from all years and majors.

Transfer Information Session and Q+A | February 12

Transfer Information Session and Q+A
Friday, February 12 | 6pm EST
Tuesday, April 13 | 6pm EST

Learn how easy it can be to transfer into MECA! We'll let you know how our credit evaluation process works and what you'll need to apply to transfer in the Spring or Fall semester. You'll also hear from current students who've transferred to MECA and we encourage questions and participation!

Counseling Information Session | February 23

Counseling Information Session
Tuesday, February 23 | 6pm EST
Learn more about what counseling and wellness services are available at MECA and how to access them. Hosted by Sheila Geant, Coordinator of Counseling and Wellness.

Register for an Undergraduate Webinar

Admissions Event Registration

  • We will send a confirmation email, schedule information, and meeting links to this email address. To ensure that you receive our emails to your inbox, please add admissions@meca.edu to your contacts.
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  • You can register for multiple events on this form. We will send any zoom links and passwords 24 hours before the event begins.
  • If you are registering for multiple sessions, please indicate which session your question(s) might apply to.

 

Upcoming Graduate Info Sessions + Presentations

Each year we host several information sessions, webinars, open houses, and other opportunities to visit each of the three graduate programs at MECA. This year, all events will be virtual—we'll be adding sessions in the spring, so check back often for new events!

All sessions are live captioned and recorded. Please let us know if you need any accommodations and we will be happy to make arrangements.

MAT at MECA Presents: Educators On-Air: Virtual Interview Tips and Tricks | January 19

MAT at MECA Presents: Educators On-Air: Virtual Interview Tips and Tricks
Tuesday, January 19 | 6:30pm–7:30pm EST
Access the webinar on Zoom

By now, many of us are no strangers to being on a video call, whether you are teaching an online class via Canvas, attending a Zoom meeting, or having your virtual interview with MAT at MECA. While not everyone has access to specialized equipment or a dedicated space for video calls, there are many things you can do to be more impressionable to your audience, students or interviewers.

Past and current teacher candidates from MAT at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to talk about what makes an impressionable MAT virtual interview, from what to expect to advice for an engaging dialogue with the reviewing committee. We will also share various tips on enhancing your video call mise-en-scène, give updates on our MAT program and talk about the application process.

Join the MAT alum Jon Rudnicki MAT '19, current teacher candidate Philippa Adam, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.

Salt at MECA Presents: Remote Production on a Budget | February 2

Salt at MECA Presents: Remote Production on a Budget
Tuesday, February 2 | time TBA

As you may know, the Salt Graduate Certificate for Documentary Studies is unique in that the program is neither an introductory course, nor is it a masterclass. Ideal Salt students are folks who have gotten a taste of what it is like to produce a story — be it a short film or an audio piece — and are ready to learn through a rigorous and hands-on program. We all have to start somewhere, and thankfully, you can produce your first documentary piece completely on your phone!

Faculty, staff, and alumni from Salt will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to share our experience with getting things done on a budget, how to make the most out of your equipment, and tips on producing remotely and on a budget. We'll also give updates on our Salt program and talk more in depth about how students of different skill levels benefit from the program.Join the Salt Director Isaac Kestenbaum, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19, and special guests on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.

MAT at MECA Presents: Paraprofessional to Art Teacher | February 16

MAT at MECA Presents: Paraprofessional to Art Teacher
Tuesday, February 16 | time TBA

Some of our teacher candidates come with some pedagogical experience — teaching assistants, extracurricular courses and educational technicians, to name a few. While our MAT program does not require applicants to have a teaching background, the truth is this is how a lot of our teacher candidates discover their love for art education.

Faculty, staff, and current teacher candidates from the MAT at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to talk about their prior experience in the classroom, how it has influenced their time as a teacher candidate, and how that transformation happens. We'll also give updates on our MAT program.

Join the Interim Chair of the MAT program Dr. Rachel Somerville, Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19, and special guests on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.

Register for a Graduate Webinar

RSVP for a Graduate Webinar

  • If you go by another name other than the one listed above, you may enter it here. Please note that this is the name we will use for follow-up emails, mailings, etc.
  • All graduate webinars will have live captioning and we can provide edited transcripts and video after the event has passed as well.

Past Graduate Info Sessions

MFA at MECA Presents: The Interdisciplinary

Have you ever wondered how you can strive in an interdisciplinary program? Why do we offer an interdisciplinary program? Even if you are an artist dedicated to a singular practice, what can you get out of an interdisciplinary MFA program?

Chris Stiegler, MFA Chair; Gail Spaien, MFA Faculty; Caitlin D'Amico, current MFA student; and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 from the MFA at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to share our relationship with the program from various perspectives, examples of how past and current students have taken advantage of the program’s openness, and give you offer you advice on how you can leverage your existing practice to stand out among the applicant pool. We'll also give updates on our MFA program and talk about the application process.

You can access the recording of this webinar on Vimeo.

MFA at MECA Presents: Documented Art and the Portfolio

When was the last time you saw art in person? Chances are, the last time you saw art was through a screen or print materials. Over the course of 2020, many art communities were forced to come up with virtual experiences for their audiences. If you are a prospective applicant at MECA, this is a great time to also think about how you approach your portfolio submission. 

Faculty, staff, and alumni from the MFA at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to share our relationship documented art, thoughts about the process, and give pointers on how to arrange, edit and present a portfolio to make sure your application is competitive. We'll also give updates on our MFA program and how our cohort of low residency and full residency students is faring.

Join the Chair of the MFA program Chris Stiegler, Sculpture Department Professor Ling-Wen Tsai, Collections and Programming Manager Liz Rhaney MFA '20, MFA student Adam Powers, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 — a recording can be seen here.

MAT at MECA Presents: Life as a Teacher Candidate

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges educators have faced in recent years is learning how to adapt everything we knew about teaching to an online, virtual, digital, and occasionally asynchronous space. The Master of Arts in Teaching at Maine College of Art adapted their curriculum to not only address the changing dynamics of being an art educator, but to also ensure our teacher candidates acquire skills for a hands-on environment.

Join the Interim Chair of the MAT program Dr. Rachel Somerville; teacher candidates Lauren Anderson '20, Madison Mahoney, and Trent Redmond; MAT alumni Karol Carlsen MFA '20, Anne Hayes MFA '20, and Adrienne Munger MFA '20; and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 on this 60-minute panel discussion and Q&A session.

Salt at MECA Presents: microphone comparisons for Zoom + new faces and updates

2020 is the year where social distancing and virtual conferences (Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams…) permeate our lives. As George Lucas once said, “Sound is half the picture.” Have you considered how your audio quality can enhance your audience’s experience with your digital content, whether it is a webinar, an online class, or even an office meeting?

Join Salt Director Isaac Kestenbaum, recent Salt alum Sam Leeds (Salt '19), and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui BFA ‘16, Salt ‘17, MFA ‘19 on this 30-minutes webinar where they discuss the quality of various microphones—from the built-in mics of your devices to the tried-and-true condenser mics. A Q+A session follows with updates on what's new at Salt for this year. You can watch the recording on YouTube.

 

Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, & Appointments

BFA Virtual Campus Tour
Guided Virtual Graduate Campus Tour

To schedule your graduate visit during the times listed above, please choose an appointment below. If you would like to request a specific time during our business hours (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm), please contact our Graduate Admissions Counselor, Joel Tsui at joel.tsui-staff@meca.edu or by phone at 800.699.5021.

 


Schedule a Virtual Portfolio Review

 


Schedule an Q+A Session with your Admissions Counselor

 


Schedule an Appointment with Financial Aid

Individual Financial Aid Appointments to discuss funding your arts education.