Maine College of Art (MECA) is a private art college in Portland, Maine. Founded in 1882, Maine College of Art is the oldest arts educational institution in Maine. Roughly 32% of MECA students are from Maine. The college is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Maine College of Art’s only academic building resides on Congress Street. This building, the Porteous Building, was renovated in the late 1990s to suit the school’s needs. With 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of space, this former department store is now a five-floor vertical campus.
Organization and administration
MECA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six art schools in the United States.
MECA offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA), and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees. MECA acquired the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2016. It offers the a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies and continuing studies programs.