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 fall 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.

Please note that the Admissions Office will be closed on Monday, October 8 for Indigenous Peoples Day and will not be offering tours. We appreciate your understanding!

Undergraduate (BFA) Tours for High School Groups

BFA Group Tours for high school groups are available by appointment for up to 40 students per visit. 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 an info session with the Director and/or Chair of the program, followed by a tour of the campus with a current MFA student or our Graduate Admissions Counselor, Adrienne Kitko. The entire visit lasts about 1.5–2 hours. Adrienne is also happy to meet folks on Skype or Google Video!

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, Adrienne Kitko. The visit should last about 1–1.5 hours. Adrienne is also happy to meet folks on Skype or Google Video!

Visits for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate will include a tour of the campus with a recent Salt alum or with Adrienne Kitko, Graduate Admissions Counselor, followed by an info session about the program. This visit generally lasts about 1 hour and is offered on Tuesdays between 10am–2pm and Fridays between the hours of 10am–4pm. Adrienne is also happy to meet folks on Skype or Google Video!

To schedule your graduate visit, please contact Adrienne Kitko, Graduate Programs Admissions Counselor, at or 207.699.5023.


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

Fall 2018

Friday, Sept 28
Open House
Register here!

Saturday, Oct 13
Open House
Register here!

Saturday, Nov 10
Open House
Register here!

Saturday, Dec 1
Open House
Register here!

Friday, Dec 14
Transfer Day
Register here!

Spring 2019

Saturday, Feb 16
Open House
times TBA
Registration form coming soon!

Monday, May 20
Transfer Day
times TBA

Friday, June 14
Transfer Day
times TBA

Friday, July 12
Junior Open House
times TBA

Friday, August 2
Registration + Finishing Day
times TBA

Typical Open House Outline

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
  • Faculty Meet and Greet
  • Campus & Housing Tours — choose from one of the following when you register
    • Track 1: Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
    • Track 2: Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration
    • Track 3: Ceramics, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Textile & Fashion Design, Woodworking & Furniture Design
    • or, take a self-guided tour! We’ll give you a campus map and you can customize your tour experience to suit your unique interests.
  • Lunch
  • Student Stations and Mini Workshops — prospective students will get a deeper look at a selection of MECA’s disciplines and offerings through a studio visit with one of our BFA students, attending a demo or screening, or participating in a micro-workshop!
  • Parent Information Session
  • Optional: Portfolio Reviews, Housing Tours, and meetings with Financial Aid, Student Life, Admissions, and more.

Register for an Open House!

You can register for all Fall 2019 events below. Check back for Spring dates, which will be added here in late Fall.

RSVP for an Open House at MECA!

  • If you go by another name other than the one listed above, you may enter it here. If entered, this is the name we will use for mailings and name tags.
  • You may bring up to three 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.


Recommended Hotels

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

Holiday Inn By the Bay

88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
When booking, ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate:
+ June 1 – Oct 31: $159 + tax for Standard Double / Double Room
+ Nov 1 – Dec 31: $109 + tax for Standard Double / Double Room
+ Upgrades to Standard King Rooms are +$25, upgrades to Executive Rooms are +$50
Not applicable to group bookings of 8 or more rooms, conventions or blackout periods. Parking is $10 per night/per vehicle. Smoking is prohibited. Rates may change without announcement.

Hyatt Place Portland Old Port

433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101
When booking, ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate:
$109/night, Sunday–Thursday, then 20% off best available rate on Friday and Saturday nights. Rates may change without announcement.