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Mission, Vision & Values

Maine College of Art educates artists for life.  

MECA will be distinguished by its focus on educating artists and designers who excel in their chosen field with integrity, professionalism and community leadership.

At MECA, we believe in the transformational power of an arts education to serve as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. We combine a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice and a wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, civic engagement and creative entrepreneurship.

Artistic Excellence:  In the belief that learning is centered in the process of inquiry, self-discovery and creative expression, we offer our students the environment and tools they need to take risks, think critically and work creatively within and across disciplines.

Civic Engagement:  With a history of a commitment to the creative evolution of our communities, we focus on engaging students in the process of becoming the inventive, self-disciplined, contributing citizens upon whom our world depends.

Creative Entrepreneurship:  We teach each student the necessary professional skills to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that will serve as the foundation for a rewarding career.


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