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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, walk through our studios 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, 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.

Upcoming 2014 Open House dates:

+ Saturday, October 25, 2014
          workshops offered in Graphic Design, Illustration, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, and Photography

+ Saturday, November 15, 2014
          workshop offerings coming soon 

+ Saturday, December 13, 2014
          workshop offerings coming soon 

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

Please note: MECA is now accepting applications on a rolling admissions basis. Please contact the Admissions Office through the above information if you would like to check your application status or if you have any questions. 

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.

Our Open Houses are structured as a full day of events and offerings. For all Fall 2014 Open House events, the schedule will be as follows:

Check-In & Registration
Check in to the event, sign up for a tour, portfolio review time slot, and workshop if you haven't pre-registered. Coffee and light breakfast will be offered in our Cafe for visiting students and their families, and it's a great opportunity to talk with department chairs and faculty. 

Campus Tours or Portfolio Reviews
Take a tour of the campus with one of out student guides or have your portfolio reviewed by an Admissions Counselor or faculty member.

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, 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 or Campus Tours
Take a tour of the campus with one of out student guides or have your portfolio reviewed by an Admissions Counselor or faculty member.  


Please check back in early 2015 for Open House schedules for the Spring semester, as well as schedules for Admitted Students Days.