Graduate study at Maine College of Art (MECA) offers an immersive, interdisciplinary, and supportive learning environment for artists who are passionate about taking risks, thinking critically, and advancing their careers.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

  • Full-time low-residency MFA in Studio Art
  • Emphasis on developing a studio practice that is grounded in contemporary art history and critical issues
  • Immersive Summer and Winter intensives
  • A remarkably high degree of engagement and access to faculty as compared to other low-residency programs
  • Carefully selected Studio Advisor for Fall and Spring trimesters in your home studio
  • Engaged core faculty
  • 24/7 access to summer studios and facilities
  • Year-round on-site studios available for students who prefer to live locally and work within our low-residency model
  • Online and in-person course work emphasizes research, experimentation, reflection, collaboration, and engaged problem-solving
  • Designed for artists looking for a transformative learning experience who are passionate about risk-taking and thinking critically through their practice
  • May Thesis Residency for graduating students
  • Thesis exhibition and final thesis defense in MECA’s Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Rigorous written and published thesis

Program Structure

  • Two years of in-depth structured course and studio work with periods of on and off campus study
  • Structure promotes flexibility and independence
  • Build a sustainable professional practice and earn an MFA while maintaining personal obligations


  • MFA students have access to all studio and shop facilities that MECA offers

Core Faculty

  • MECA’s Core faculty provide consistent voices throughout the two-year experience
  • MFA Faculty are studio practitioners, art historians, and curators — a cross-disciplinary mix of voices who are experienced in their field and in the classroom

For more information and to apply to MECA’s MFA in Studio Art visit

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