Senior Thesis Information - Maine College of Art

Documentation & Materials Guidelines

The Online Thesis Exhibition site is a digital catalog of senior thesis exhibition work and an institutional archive of your work as a student at MECA. The text and images submitted for the website will live on as you move on in your professional career following graduation. Therefore it is critical that all text is thoroughly proofread and error-free, and that all images of artwork are of professional quality. View past sites here, click the “Thesis” link in the navigation bar.

Requirements for Thesis Submission

Written Materials 

  • Artist Statement (no more than 200 words)
  • Brief Biography (no more than 100 words + link)
  • Image List (identify each image with a corresponding #: Image #, First name last name, Title, Year made, Materials, Dimensions.)


  • 5–10 Professional Artwork images (minimum of 5, maximum of 10)
    • Image #1 is shown at Commencement when you walk
  • When submitting, name your file: LastName_FirstName_Image#.jpg
    • Example: Holmes_Nicole_1.jpg
  • Hi-res photos, please. 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch), width at 2,500 pixels. No minimum height.

Submission Deadlines

  • Step 1: Friday, April 262019 Midnight: Written materials, artwork images, and portraits due.

Steps (2) for Submitting Thesis Work

  1. Upload your written materials, artwork images, and portrait on this form of (MECA Archive)

The first step allows us to keep your work within our own archive at a high-resolution quality. The second step has you create an account on our portfolio site, and the category will feed into the 2018 thesis website.

Photographing Your Artwork

ArtDoc will be reserved for seniors only under scheduled hours. You are welcome to reserve ArtDoc and make use of it prior to reserved senior schedule. You are also allowed to take your own photographs or to hire your own photographer.

You will need to schedule a time to have your work photographed on a Senior ArtDoc Spreadsheet which will be shared with you.

Student Profile, In-Studio Portraits

The ArtDoc Team will be documenting much of the senior thesis show installation shots, related thesis events and the in-studio portraits. ArtDoc will consolidate these portraits by scheduling portrait shoots with each department. The portraits should not feel forced. The aim is to represent you in a manner the feels natural. As with your artwork images, these portraits will live on indefinitely. That being said, please consider your career field and how you would like to be represented following graduation, 5, 10 or 15 years from now. Please consider wearing relatively bright colors that you like and no big brand logos please.


  • Nikki Rayburn, Exhibitions Coordinator,
    • Office located in First Floor back hall, at bottom of ramp
  • Nicole Holmes, Digital Media Specialist, Upload Instructions, Troubleshooting, and Image Sizing

  1. Have your 5-10 Thesis images prepared for web (JPEG Resize in Photoshop), as well as your Thesis Statement and any accompanying captions.
  2. Either sign up for a account or log in. (sign up instructions).
  3. Follow the video guide above.
    1. Sign in to profile, choose “Add a Project” button.
    2. Enter Title of Project, chose from categories (must select Thesis 2017 from bottom right), enter image captions, as well as your thesis statement.
    3. Hit the “Publish” button. The page should think for thirty seconds, then refresh showing your new project gallery.
    4. If the page reloads and you DO NOT see your new project gallery, that means one of your images is broken. Either make sure the dimensions of the image are saved for web (either 120dpi or around 700-1200 pixels wide), or re-save the image entirely as the JPEG marker is broken.
    5. If you have ANY trouble, do not panic. Send an email and we will get you ready for Graduation!
  4. Hooray! If you submitted your images here and this separate online form, you fulfilled this Graduation Requirement.

Image Sizing Tips

Video Submissions
If you are submitting Digital Media works: video, film, animation, or other digital works, please submit one .mov file exported at best quality, one .mov file exported for the web and include a screengrab still.

If you have trouble with the forms, please email for assistance.

Site header caption

Sophie Cangelosi ’16, Phantasm, Installation photography by Joel Tsui ’16.