Maine College of Art

522 Congress Street , Portland, Maine

Photo: R. Krivicich

Maine College of Art is located in the heart of the Portland Arts District. The campus provides well over 200,000 square feet of academic and studio space with 24/7 studio access. Even with just over 450 BFA students, you are seen as an individual. The supportive faculty help you define your distinct voice and your future as an artist. Through the Artists as Work program, students learn how to become a working artist. You will have opportunities to exhibit locally, collaborate with organizations, intern with professionals, study internationally and sell your work. Recognized as one of the top cities for artists in the country, Portland is filled with artists, designers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. This is a community of makers. Make it your own.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA, MAT
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, NEASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Ceramics*
Digital Media*
Graphic Design*
Illustration*
Master of Arts in Teaching**
Metalsmithing & Jewelry*
Painting*

 

Photography*
Printmaking*
Sculpture*
Studio Arts**
Textile and Fashion Design*
Woodworking and Furniture Design*

MINORS OFFERED:

Art & Music*
Art History*
Drawing*

 

Public Engagement*
Writing*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
You might be pretty sure about who you are as an artist. You might even be sure which medium you’ll be working in for the rest of your career. That’s why we feel it’s our obligation as teachers and fellow artists to shake things up a bit and introduce you to mediums and ideas you never before considered. We also feel that no matter how talented you are as an artist, the more time you spend learning from other artists and their work and about historical, cultural and personal influences, the more powerful an artist you can become. This is why we believe in a strong foundation followed by a year of exploration: two semesters of visual fundamentals—drawing, color theory, 2-D, 3-D—extensive studio work, seeing, questioning and collaborating, followed by two semesters of individual experimentation and discovery that will support and guide your education at MECA.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 32,192
MANDATORY FEES 680
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,250
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 11,086
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 8,100
OTHER 2,100
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $14,210 100%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,498 39%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 1,409 15%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,466 79%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $25,168
100% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 87%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 31%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 440

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 431
PART-TIME 24

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Optional
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Optional
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 42

FULL-TIME 27
PART-TIME 64
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
10.6 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
65%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
68%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
67%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
56%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
74% FEMALE
26% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Studies for Youths and Adults
Professional Development Seminars for Adults
International Travel Programs
Pre-College Summer Intensive for High School Students
Summer Camps for Kids

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Study Abroad
AICAD Exchange Program
Internships
Career Services
Tutoring
Counseling and Wellness Programs

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).