Visit Maine College of Art & Design

Maine College of Art & Design offers several ways to experience our campus virtually and in-person with our priority concern on the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff, and community — including you! Read on for all of the options.

 

Undergraduate (BFA) Open Houses

Below are the Open House dates for the 2021–2022 season. You can register for each event at the links below!

Register for an Open House at MECA&D

Wednesday, September 22, 6–8pm | VIRTUAL
Saturday, October 23, 1–4:30pm | On Campus
Saturday, November 13, 1–4:30pm | On Campus
Saturday, December 4, 1–4pm | VIRTUAL
Saturday, January 22, 1–4pm | VIRTUAL
Saturday, February 19, 1–4:30pm | VIRTUAL

We will likely be hosting additional open houses this summer. Please check back for updates this spring!

Please note that all guests at in-person events will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which includes:

  • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson;
  • You must also have one booster shot from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson six months after initial vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Guests will also be required to follow MECA&D's mask policy, which requires everyone to wear either a 3-ply medical mask, a 3-ply medical mask with a cloth mask on top, N95, KN95, or a KF94 to help protect the health and safety of our community. Maintaining social distance is also an important safety measure and one to be vigilant about until the Omicron variant subsides.

We appreciate your help to keep our campus safe for our community! If you have any questions about how MECA&D is maintaining a healthy campus, check out Safe & Healthy MECA&D.

 

Undergraduate (BFA) Portfolio Reviews

We invite you to an individual portfolio review session with an admissions counselor to receive feedback on your portfolio! These sessions can be exploratory info sessions, a time to get guidance on your portfolio, or an opportunity to submit your portfolio for an application. We offering reviews at National Portfolio Days and individual sessions. To schedule an individual session, please email admissions@meca.edu.

For more support as you build your portfolio, check out our How To or explore joining us for a Pre-College summer session.

 

Undergraduate (BFA) Campus Visits

Undergraduate Campus Tours

Take an individual in-person tour of campus! Join us for an hour-long tour with a MECA&D admissions counselor to explore all 6 floors of our main building which includes studio departments, major spaces, the MECA&D Cafe, Library and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Residence halls are optional at the end of the tour. Schedule your campus tour online here.

Please note that all guests at in-person events will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which includes

  • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson;
  • You must also have one booster shot from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson six months after initial vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Guests will also be required to follow MECA&D's mask policy, which requires everyone to wear either a 3-ply medical mask, a 3-ply medical mask with a cloth mask on top, N95, KN95, or a KF94 to help protect the health and safety of our community. Maintaining social distance is also an important safety measure and one to be vigilant about until the Omicron variant subsides.

We appreciate your help to keep our campus safe for our community! If you have any questions about how MECA&D is maintaining a healthy campus, check out Safe & Healthy MECA&D.

 

Undergraduate Info Sessions + Presentations

Below is information on our fall webinars and presentations. All sessions are virtual, live captioned, and recorded and all times listed are Eastern Time. Please let us know if you need any accommodations and we will be happy to make arrangements.

Transfer Information Session | next session: May 26

Transfer Info Session
Thursday, May 26, 7–8pm

Interested in transferring to MECA&D but don't know where to start? Join us for a virtual BFA Transfer Session, hosted on Zoom, for details on how to apply, what the process of transferring credits looks like, and more. 

Register here for the Transfer Information Session on Thursday, May 26

Financial Aid 101

Financial Aid 101
Thursday, October 28, 7:30–8:30pm
Saturday, December 4, 2:15–3pm
Saturday, January 22, as part of our virtual open house
Thursday, February 10, 7–8pm

As a first time college student, you and your parents may have some questions about how to cover the cost of college. To get these daunting questions answered, join this Financial Aid 101 webinar hosted by Maine College of Art & Design's Director of Financial Aid, Carri Frechette. We'll cover the following topics, along with a Q+A at the end to clear up any specific questions you may have.
+ How much does college cost, and what is included in the total cost?
+ What is the difference between grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study?
+ How do you apply for and receive financial aid?

Virtual Campus Tour

Virtual Campus Tour
Wednesday, February 23, 7–8pm

If you can't make it to campus, try a guided virtual tour of campus with an admissions counselor! You'll be able to explore our main building floor by floor through photos, video studio tours, and helpful advice and stories along the way. This tour covers all studio departments, major spaces, the MECA&D Cafe, the Joanne Waxman Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, residence halls, and more.

Admissions Presentation

Admissions Presentation
Wednesday, February 23, 6–7pm
Monday, April 11, 6–7pm

If you're interested in learning more about our Bachelors of Fine Arts program, please join us for our virtual presentation that will give you a clear picture of what being a BFA student at Maine College of Art & Design is like. Learn about our foundations program BFA students start their college career with, our majors and minors, student life in Portland, ME, our Artists at Work program and much more!

 

Graduate (MFA, MAT, Salt) Campus Visits & Virtual Program Tours

Join us for a one-on-one tour with Joel Tsui, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at MECA&D! Explore the key facilities you will have access to as an MFA, MAT or Salt student — including Joanne Waxman Library, Institute of Contemporary Art, and MECA&D Café — as well as additional resources to enrich your time as a MECA&D graduate student. If you are unavailable during the scheduled time, please be in touch at to schedule a different date, or request a live, virtual tour you can attend from the comfort of your home.

Register for a campus visit at our Graduate Tour Portal here.

 

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&D. Check back later this summer for the next round of events this fall.

Past Graduate Info Sessions

MFA at MECA&D: Research Rigor | January 27

MFA at MECA&D: Research Rigor

Thursday, January 27: 6–7pm ET

Here at MECA&D, we take pride in our equal emphasis on both studio production and research rigor. Not only do our MFA candidates complete a thesis body of work, they will also have to publish an 8,000-word thesis book, as well as defending their thesis in a panel discussion.

This is all thanks to a supportive faculty body and the unsung heroes of our staff at the Joanne Waxman Library. Staff from our Library and Admissions will come together to talk a bit more about how we have been able to support our diverse student body’s individual needs, and how the Joanne Waxman Library may just be the best kept secret of our College. Join Director of the Joanne Waxman Library Shiva Darbandi, Library Collections and Programming Manager Liz Rhaney, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui (he/him) on this Zoom webinar.

The MFA at MECA&D: Research Rigor recording will be posted soon. Please check back for the link!

Salt at MECA&D: Virtual Info Session | January 20

Salt at MECA&D: Virtual Info Session

Thursday, January 20: 6–7pm ET

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies has always had a unique staff and faculty body. Being such a hands-on field of study, we are all practitioners and educators of our craft.

Faculty and staff from Salt at MECA&D will come together to share a bit more about ourselves, as well as the projects we pursued while supporting our Salt students. We will also talk about the program, and what makes our 15-week Graduate Certificate a unique experience for prospective storytellers. Join Salt Director Isaac Kestenbaum (he/him), Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui (he/him) on this Zoom info session.

The Salt at MECA&D Virtual Info Session recording will be posted soon. Please check back for the link!

MAT at MECA&D: Certification Pathways & Info Session | January 12, 2022

MAT at MECA&D: Certification Pathways & Info Session

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A lot of our MAT Teacher Candidates have fond memories of their “aha” moment — the day they decided that being an art educator is what they wanted to do. However, finding the right path towards being an art educator can be tricky.

Faculty and staff from MAT at MECA&D will come together to share a bit more about ourselves, as well as the projects we pursued while supporting our MAT Teacher Candidates. We will also talk about the program, and help folks understand how our MAT program can help them kickstart a career in art education.

The MAT at MECA&D Zoom Info Session recording will be posted soon. Please check back for the link!

MFA at MECA&D: Zoom Info Session | November 18, 2021

MFA at MECA&D: Zoom Info Session

Thursday, November 18, 2021

New year, new MECA&D! We have plenty to share about our program and our College, and we would like to share them all with you at our Zoom info session. Faculty and staff from MFA at MECA&D will come together to share our observations on the road, as well as on campus throughout the past year. We also have a physical presence at all of this year’s Graduate National Portfolio Days (Chicago, San Francisco, New York City) and will be sharing our findings as we talk to artists and prospective students. Finally, we will go through updates on our MFA program and talk through the application process.

Join the Chair of the MFA program Chris Stiegler (he/him) and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui (he/him) on this Zoom info session, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.

MAT at MECA&D Presents: Teacher Candidates Then & Now | November 12, 2021

MAT Webinar: Life as a Teacher Candidate

Friday, November 12, 2021

New year, new cohort! Last year, we hosted a webinar where we brought MAT Teacher Candidates and recent MAT alums together to chat and talk about their experience in and out of the classroom. This year, we’re bringing back the same format to connect recent MAT alums with our current Teacher Candidates.

Alumni and current teacher candidates from the MAT and MECA&D will come together for a 45-minute conversation and interactive Q&A, to share observations out in the field, and compare experiences on their time as a Teacher Candidate in our MAT program. Finally, we will go through updates on our MAT program and talk through the application process. Join teacher candidates Tori Hamilton, MAT alumni Madison Mahoney  MAT '21, and Cooper Binette MAT '21, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session.

Salt at MECA&D Presents: Remote Production on a Budget

Salt at MECA&D Presents: Remote Production on a Budget

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.

MFA at MECA&D Presents: The Interdisciplinary

MFA at MECA&D 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&D 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.

MFA at MECA&D Presents: Documented Art and the Portfolio

MFA at MECA&D 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&D, this is a great time to also think about how you approach your portfolio submission.

Faculty, staff, and alumni from the MFA at MECA&D 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&D Presents: Life as a Teacher Candidate

MAT at MECA&D 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 & Design 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&D Presents: Microphone Comparisons for Zoom

Salt at MECA&D Presents: microphone comparisons for Zoom

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.