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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.

We are proactively working to ensure the safety and health of our community and our guests. To this end, we are suspending all tours and campus visits for both individuals and school groups until at least mid-May, but are working on virtual options to explore campus.

We can currently offer virtual Q+A sessions and appointments, and we will soon have a virtual, on-demand tour option as well. You can sign up for an appointment with a counselor below.

We thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you on campus another time!

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/Summer 2020

All on-campus events have currently been postponed. Please check back for future dates and virtual events. More information coming soon!

Virtual Accepted Student Days

Virtual Accepted Students Day: Friday, April 10, 2020

Following the recommendations of Maine Governor Janet Mills’, Maine College of Art (MECA) is suspending all on-campus prospective student events this spring. This includes campus visits, portfolio reviews, and our Accepted Students Days.

Please look for emails and visit this webpage for information about our April 10, 2020, Virtual Accepted Students 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

Virtual Undergraduate (BFA) Tours

We are currently working on virtual, on-demand tour experience that will take you through campus by floor and department. Stay tuned — we will have this available to you shortly!

Portfolio Reviews for High School Students and Transfer Students

Virtual portfolio reviews — done over Zoom — are available this Spring at 11am and 2pm. They last roughly 20–30 minutes, and you can schedule your appointment below.

Undergraduate (BFA) Tours for High School Groups

On-campus group tours are currently postponed though mid-May. Please check back for a virtual tour option coming soon!

Graduate (MFA, MAT, & Salt) Tours

Graduate visits are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am by appointment. All visits last about 1.5 hours.

Visits for our Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate (Salt) start with a tour of the department and facilities with our Graduate Admissions Counselor; an information session about the program(s) during your visit are also available upon request.

To schedule your graduate visit or for more information, please visit our Graduate Admissions: Visit MECA page or contact our Graduate Admissions Counselor, Joel Tsui at or by phone at 800.699.5021.

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.