Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, & Appointments

This summer, Maine College of Art is offering several ways of experiencing 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) Visits

Summer In-Person Campus Tours

Take an individual in-person tour of campus this summer! Join us for an hour-long tour with a MECA admissions counselor to explore all 6 floors of our main building which includes studio departments, major spaces, the MECA 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 will be required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines throughout the tour. We appreciate your help to keep our campus safe for our community! If you have any questions about how MECA is maintaining a healthy campus, check out Safe & Healthy MECA.

Guided Virtual Tour

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 Cafe, the Joanne Waxman Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, residence halls and more. Schedule a guided virtual tour online here.

Schedule a Portfolio Review or Q+A

Get feedback on your portfolio with portfolio review or Q+A session with an admissions counselor. 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.

 

Graduate (MFA, MAT, Salt) Visits

Virtual Grad Tour

Take a guided virtual graduate tour of our MFA, MAT, and Salt programs with our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Joel Tsui. To schedule a graduate visit outside of the times listed at the link, please contact Joel at joel.tsui-staff@meca.edu or by phone/text at 207.420.0022.


Undergraduate Info Sessions + Presentations

All sessions are live captioned and recorded. Please let us know if you need any accommodations and we will be happy to make arrangements.

Transfer Info Session | next session: June 24

Transfer Info Session
Thursday, June 34 | 6pm EDT
July session TBA!

Interested in transferring to MECA but don''t know where to start? Join us for our virtual BFA Transfer Session, hosted on Zoom, for details on how to apply, what the process of transferring credits looks like, and more! We'll also offer the opportunity to take a virtual guided tour of MECA via Zoom at 7pm after the info session. Register for the Transfer Info Session here.

Portfolio Prep 101 | next session: June 30

Portfolio Prep 101
Wednesday, June 30 | 3pm EDT
July session TBA!

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, seniors, and transfer students can learn what we look for in a completed portfolio, what will help you stand out, and how to hone your artistic voice. Register for Portfolio Prep 101 here.

 

Undergraduate (BFA) Open Houses

Our spring Open House season has come to a close but — stay tuned — we will have more in the months ahead! Check back this summer for more the new Open House schedule for late summer and fall.

 

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

Past Graduate Info Sessions

Salt at MECA Presents: Remote Production on a Budget

Salt at MECA 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 Presents: The Interdisciplinary

MFA at MECA 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 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 Presents: Documented Art and the Portfolio

MFA at MECA 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, 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 — a recording can be seen here.

MAT at MECA Presents: Life as a Teacher Candidate

MAT at MECA 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 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

Salt at MECA 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.