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

Saturday, December 12, 2020
MECA Life — being seen + settling in to life on and off campus in Portland, Maine

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!

COVID-19 Information Session | next session: Dec 2

COVID-19 Information Session
Wednesday, December 2 | 5:30pm EST
Learn about how the MECA community is staying safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. You'll hear from Executive Vice President Beth Elicker, Dean Ian Anderson, and Jen Doebler, Associate Dean of Student Life on testing initatives, campus safety, Spring semester plans, and more. Come with questions and we'll have a Q+A to make sure all of your concerns are addressed.

Transfer Information Session and Q+A | next session: Dec 7

Transfer Information Session and Q+A
Monday, December 7 | 6pm EST
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!

Portfolio Prep for Juniors & Seniors | next session: Jan 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 | next session: Feb 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.

Counseling Information Session | next session: Feb 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.
  • 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

View the descriptions and dates for upcoming webinars and presentations below. More sessions will be added throughout the fall, so check back soon for more!

Upcoming Graduate Info Sessions

The fall info sessions and webinars have passed. Please stay tuned for a full schedule of webinars and events for MFA, MAT, and Salt in the Spring coming soon!

Past Graduate Info Sessions

MFA at MECA Presents: Documented Art and the Portfolio
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
A recording of this session is coming soon!

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 on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering here.

MAT at MECA Presents: Life as a Teacher Candidate
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
On-demand link coming soon!

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
Friday, October 16 

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.

This event has passed, but 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.