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To understand the special nature of the MECA community, you really should visit campus. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities, view our studios, and talk with our students and faculty.

Undergraduate (BFA) campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available Monday through Friday by appointment. 

Graduate (MFA) visits in the Spring 2016 semester are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. They will start with an info session with the Director and/or the Chair of the program, followed by a tour of the campus with a current student. The entire visit lasts about 1.5–2 hours.

To schedule your visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected], or by phone at 800.699.1509.

Open Houses at MECA

Visit us for an Open House! These events are a great opportunity to see MECA's amazing facilities, have a portfolio review, and meet with our students, faculty, and staff. We also offer workshops taught by MECA's BFA faculty, which are an exciting way to sample a class and take some new work home! Please let us know if you would like to attend one of these events by completing our RSVP form at this link or in the form below. Click on the "Open Houses" tab above for a general schedule of the day's events.

Upcoming 2016 Open House dates:

+ Saturday, February 27, 2016

+ Saturday, May 21, 2016

Can’t make any of these events? No problem. Just call us and we’ll find a time that works for you.


RSVP to an Open House at MECA!

From the North
Take Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Arterial

From the South
Take the Maine Turnpike northbound to Exit 44, Interstate 295. Follow Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Arterial

Directions to the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street
Stay on Franklin until you hit the top of the hill and take a right onto Congress Street. You will pass City Hall on your right, continue on Congress several more blocks, past Monument Square. Porteous is the large building on the left with a gray awning.

There is a public parking garage at 45 Spring Street, on the right just past the Cumberland County Civic Center.  To go to the Porteous Building from the parking garage, leave the parking garage through its rear exit, onto Free Street; the Porteous Building will be immediately across the street from you.

Portland Parking Garages and Lots

  •     Spring St. Parking Garage, 45 Spring St., 874-2842 (very close to MECA)
  •     One City Center Parking Garage, Monument Square, 773-2761
  •     Midtown Parking Lot, 44 Fore St.
  •     Top of the Old Port Parking Lot, 119 Pearl & Congress Sts., 828-1212
  •     Temple Street Parking Garage, 11 Temple St., 772-5762
  •     Cumberland County Parking Garage, Newbury St., 871-8275
  •     Custom House Sq. Parking Garage, Pearl & Fore Sts.
  •     Fore Street Parking Garage, 439 Fore St., 772-7738
  •     Casco Bay Parking Garage, Commercial St. at Maine State Pier, 774-8653
  •     Cotton & Center Parking Lot, 57 Center St., 879-8983
  •     Public Market Parking Garage, 315 Cumberland Ave, 774-2829
  •     Gateway Parking Garage, 181 High St., 761-1568
  •     Harbor Plaza Parking Garage, Union St., 775-3788
  •     Monument Square Parking Garage, Cumberland and Brown Sts.

All area codes are (207) unless otherwise noted.

Portland is an old seacoast town. It is also a funky city filled with galleries, one-of-kind boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants serving everything from New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and Maine seafood to nouvelle cuisine.

Portland is the banking capital of northern New England, home to major international law firms, import/export companies, and modern high-rise office buildings located in historic districts with centuries old architecture.

Portland stands as one of the few working waterfronts left in the United States, acting as New England’s largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port.

Portland is also the second largest oil port on the East Coast and the largest foreign inbound transit tonnage port in the United States!

Portland is Maine’s largest city with 66,000 full time residents; however it swells to 2 million if one includes annual visitors and part-time residents.

Visitors come by car, train, airplane, and boat. Each year our port alone handles over 206,000 international passengers, including 41,000 cruise ship passengers

At every turn, Portland is an experience for everyone.

For more information, including hotels, restaurants and a transportation guide, please see our Visit MECA Guide.  For more information on Portland, please see "Portland, Maine" in our About section.

Visit MECA for a BFA Open House! The events start with a tour of the school, followed by workshops for students and info-sessions for families. Please let us know if you would like to attend one of these events by calling 800.699.1509 or fill out our registration form.


Upcoming 2015–2016 Open House dates: 

+ Saturday, November 14, 2015
+ Saturday, December 12, 2015


Meet the faculty, staff and BFA students, make art in the studios, tour the campus and residence halls, have lunch, get your portfolio reviewed and have an opportunity to explore downtown Portland.
Our Saturday Open Houses are structured as a full day of events and offerings. For all Saturday 2015–16 Open House events, the schedule will be as follows:

Check-In & Registration
Check in to the event, sign up for a tour, and choose a workshop to take! Coffee and light breakfast will be offered in our Cafe for visiting students and their families. This time is also a great opportunity to talk with department chairs and faculty who will be available to answer questions and talk more about our majors and academics. 

Campus Tours
Take a tour of the campus with one of our student guides. You will see all of our departments, studios, majors spaces, and our Oak Street Residence Hall.

Lunch on us!
Join us for lunch in the Cafe and mingle with MECA's faculty, staff, and current students.

Student Workshops or Parent Information Session
Students have the opportunity to take a workshop based on one of our BFA classes! Taught by faculty, workshops are a great way to sample what an average class might be like, meet our faculty, and make some new art to take home!

Parents have an opportunity to sit in on a panel discussion and information session with the MECA's President, Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, Director of Artists at Work, current students, and alumni. It's a great opportunity to hear about MECA's teaching philosophy and ask any questions you may be wondering about.

Portfolio Reviews and Additional Housing Tours
Have your portfolio reviewed by an Admissions Counselor or faculty member. You can also take a housing tour of all three of our residence halls at this time. (There will be plenty of time to do both, if you like!) 


If you can't make it on an Open House date, please contact Admissions to schedule an individual campus visit. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available Monday-Friday. 
To schedule your visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected], or by phone at 800.699.1509.
We look forward to seeing you during your visit at MECA!