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.

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

Upcoming Dates — Spring 2020

Saturday, January 25
Open House
See details & register here!

Saturday, February 22
Open House + Finishing Day for the March 1 deadline
See details & register here!

Accepted Student Days

Saturday, March 28
Accepted Student Day

Saturday, April 18
Accepted Student Day



Register for Undergraduate (BFA) Open House

You can see details and register for specific Open House events above, and you can register here as well. We’ll send you a confirmation email with initial details upon registration and will send a more detailed schedule for the day before the event.

RSVP for an 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.
  • In accordance with to space availability and capacity, you may bring up to two guests with you.
  • Each tour will see the facilities, Fab Lab, computer labs, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, and a selection of departments as listed above.
  • Portfolio reviews will be held in the afternoon on a first-come, first-served basis until everyone is seen.

BFA Open House Schedule & Activities

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.

+ Coffee, fruit, and pastries during the morning check-in
+ Campus 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
+ Complimentary lunch in our Café with students, faculty, and staff
+ Information sessions for parents and family
+ Optional: portfolio reviews, housing tours, mobile screenprinting station to make your own t-shirt or tote, meetings with Financial Aid, Student Life, Pre-College, Counseling, Admissions, and more!

Tours at MECA

Undergraduate (BFA) Tours for Individual Students & Families

Undergraduate (BFA) campus tours are available this Fall Monday through Friday at either 10am or 1pm by appointment; they last about 1 hour 15 minutes. You can schedule your tour below.

Portfolio Reviews for High School Students and Transfer Students

Portfolio reviews are available this Fall most weekdays at 11:45am and 2:15pm, after campus tours. You can schedule a review after a tour or on its own. They last roughly 20–30 minutes, and you can schedule your appointment below.

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 one adult chaperones 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.

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.