Portland, ME
Maine College of Art


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Recent Reviews

Piper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I knew where I wanted to go as soon as I visited it during my sophomore year of high school. The classes are on the small sid...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I knew where I wanted to go as soon as I visited it during my sophomore year of high school. The classes are on the small side, challenging and engaging and the teachers are amazing. They really want you to be happy and doing your best work. The students are so creative, supportive and driven, I have definitely made life long friends here. I always knew I was going to do art in my life, there's no getting around that, but this school gave me the skills, tools, knowledge, support system and social network to not only be a better artist, but to also to make a living from doing art. As I am going into my senior year, I have a better idea on how to make the best work I am capable, how to talk about my work in a educated way and to sell my work.

Courtney
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I really love MECA! The only reason why I gave it four out of five instead of the perfect rating is because a.) I think it's ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really love MECA! The only reason why I gave it four out of five instead of the perfect rating is because a.) I think it's kind of an acquired taste (it's a very small close community, so if you're looking for a larger college experience then this wouldn't be for you) and b.) I think there are some areas they could improve on (some of the facilities and housing are a little worse for wear). However, all this being said I think MECA is a really great school for connecting with fellow artists (in both your peers and professors) and learning about your craft in a really great, artsy community.

Arikah
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I like that Meca is a small and accessible school for artists, while still maintaining a professional environment that provid...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like that Meca is a small and accessible school for artists, while still maintaining a professional environment that provides an outstanding education and career opportunities. The classes are thorough and provoke critical thinking in all shapes and forms.

Ruthie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

MECA is the perfect fit for someone interested in any number of arts majors, but who is apprehensive about very large campuse...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MECA is the perfect fit for someone interested in any number of arts majors, but who is apprehensive about very large campuses. The community is very tight knit because of the class size (only about 500 students total), and its size also allows for consistent individual attention in classes. The location is in the center of a wonderful small city, perfect for someone like myself who doesn't really enjoy city life as much (Portland is a very laid back, small city). MECA is also the only art school to offer a music minor.

Gillian
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I got my first taste of Maine College of Art as a high school junior. I spent the summer at MECA to participate in their prec...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I got my first taste of Maine College of Art as a high school junior. I spent the summer at MECA to participate in their precollege program, and I immediately knew it was the college for me. I feel completely at home there, and the city of Portland is absolutely beautiful. The school is in a great spot, everything is within walking distance, and they offer decent housing and meals. As a freshman, I noticed some of the students didn't seem so serious about their education, perhaps thinking that since it's an art school, they wouldn't have to try very hard, but I'm hoping that once I choose a major I'll be surrounded by people who are serious about art.

Jade
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is very known to local artists and you are pretty much paying for their name on your resume, however the tuition is hard t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is very known to local artists and you are pretty much paying for their name on your resume, however the tuition is hard to manage and there is no parking for students who commute like myself, so that is always an extra costs. For something I really was excited to be a part of has really dampened my mood.

Tyler
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Maine College of Art is unlike any school I have visited and, as an accepted student, I am more than excited about attend...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Maine College of Art is unlike any school I have visited and, as an accepted student, I am more than excited about attending in the fall. The school is small with less than a thousand students which means intimate class sizes and plenty of face time with staff. Each student as an upperclassman is guaranteed a her own dedicated studio space and these spaces are available twenty-four hours a day.

Lina
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Maine College of Art is a very small school but fret not, for the minuscule class rosters help to engage students and profess...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Maine College of Art is a very small school but fret not, for the minuscule class rosters help to engage students and professors in more in-depth critiques and 1 on 1 assistance from professors. Within this liberal swarm of mostly caucasians, you will find that heaps of students are primarily focused is on LGBTQ+ rights. While I, myself, am not white, I have yet to ever feel excluded or out of place. Of course, explorations of other political, historical, purely technique and personal topics are greatly encouraged. I have found that the Portland location is a great central hub to engage in both local and global environmental issues as Maine's main Audubon center is only a 10 minute public transit ride away. The school has 24/7 access which means that you can use studios at any time of day to finish or continue work. Never have I ever felt unsafe within any of the MECA buildings (And I have been working in the studio at 4 AM before) or within the city of Portland itself.

aly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

MECA is a wonderful environment that encourages art students to explore their talents and other abilities. It is a very small...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MECA is a wonderful environment that encourages art students to explore their talents and other abilities. It is a very small school right in the heart of Portland. There is so much to do around the city and the studio's in the school are 24/7 so you are always allowed to create art.

ANNA
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Maine College of Art is a community of people who help eachother realize opportunities to experience the world by applying vi...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Maine College of Art is a community of people who help eachother realize opportunities to experience the world by applying visual arts to the world around you and embracing eachother's individulaity.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are creative problem solvers as well as creative thinkers and consider school at Maine College of Art a place to enhanace and learn about life as an artist, not just art as a career.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everything is going to be okay so stick to your gut and choose the school you know you are going to be happy at. Remember that you can't progress unless you challenge yourself, and not just academically. Challenge yourself in all areas both right now and tomorrow. Everyone's always telling us to choose the safest path but what's the point of life if we didn't let it change us through it's challenges? You may be pressured by your parents to pursue the more profitable talent, or to go to the school that's most affordable, but It's not about your parents. It's about you and how you are going to choose to live in that moment. So do what your are passionate in and relax! Once you get there, everyone is in the same boat as you and you're all there for the same reason. Now choose friends who will support your art making and good habits and just be happy. You get out of life what you put into it and it's the same with your artistic career. Your career is part of your life, might as well enjoy it.

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  • Enrollment
  • 459
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $32,872
  • Acceptance rate
  • 86%

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