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 summer Monday through Friday at 10am or 2pm by appointment; they last about 1 hour. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a visit; we generally need at least 24–48 hours notice if possible. Personal interviews and portfolio reviews 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.

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.

Please note: our office will be closed and unable to offer tours on Wednesday, July 4th in observation of Independence Day. Thank you for understanding!

Graduate (MFA, MAT, & Salt) Tours & Virtual Information 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.

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.

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 Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 10am–3pm.

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


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.


Open Houses at MECA

Visit us for a 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.

Upcoming Open Houses & Transfer Days

Summer 2018

Friday, July 20
Transfer Day
Register here!

Friday, August 3
Registration Day for Fall 2018


Fall 2018

Friday, Sept 28
Open House
times TBA

Saturday, Oct 13
Open House

Saturday, Nov 10
Open House

Saturday, Dec 1
Open House

Friday, Dec 14
Transfer Day
times TBA

Open House Schedule

Our typical schedule is below. 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
  • Lunch
  • Student Stations — prospective students will get a deeper look at four of MECA’s majors 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