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Among the first low-residency MFA Programs in the country, Maine College of Art (MECA) now has two fully accredited programs to choose from. MECA’s low-residency MFA combines intense periods of on-campus instruction in Maine with the freedom and independence of working from any home location. The full-residency MFA gives you the option of moving to the arts district in Portland with 24/7 access to 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant creative community.

Both of MECA’s MFA programs offer an interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to think across traditional academic boundaries and challenge their art practice and intellectual curiosity. The curriculum emphasizes the intersection of studio production, individual research, and critical analysis. This structure promotes the development of a sustainable lifelong practice.

  • Choose from full-time MFA in Studio Art or low-residency option
  • Emphasis on developing a studio practice that is grounded in contemporary art history and critical issues
  • Only 15 students accepted each year, allowing for a remarkably high degree of engagement and access to faculty compared to other MFA programs
  • Carefully selected Studio Advisor for Fall and Spring trimesters
  • Engaged core faculty and consistent one-on-one student mentoring
  • 24/7 access to studios and facilities
  • Year-round, on-site studios available for students who prefer to work within our full-residency program
  • 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
  • Curriculum highlights and promotes the development of a sustainable lifelong practice

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015–2016 academic year.

To find out more about earning your MFA at MECA, visit

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