Maine Media College is a small community of students and teachers gathering together in an atmosphere of creative intensity, artistic growth and innovation. A familial environment conducive to the establishment of mentoring relationships with the faculty that most students enjoy is a hallmark of the Maine Media College experience.
Students enrolled in the Professional Certificate program engage in a rigorous, full-immersion course of study. They attend formal classes and have liberal access to the College's studio facilities and faculty outside of classroom periods. While the College community is deliberately cloistered on campus so as to provide a suitable ambiance for concentrated learning, students will discover a broad range of opportunities for cultural enrichment in Rockport and in towns nearby. Rockport is home to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a premiere gallery showcasing contemporary art from Maine. In the neighboring town of Rockland, students may visit the Farnsworth Art Museum and a variety of galleries presenting a full spectrum of art. The Strand Theater in Rockland offers a wide variety of programming including award-winning films, live music and lectures. With Portland only an hour and half away by car, students also have access to a larger urban center where they may visit the Portland Museum of Art as well as numerous galleries and other cultural venues.
MFA candidates and faculty convene on campus for semi-annual, 4-day retreats during which students present the work they have completed with mentors for critique, attend discussion groups, lectures and presentations, and interact with the faculty both individually and in groups. Students also meet with their advisors to review the progress they have made toward completing degree requirements and to plan for subsequent semesters. Retreats are very intense and highly rewarding.
Students in all programs benefit from the symbiotic relationship between the College and the Workshops. The Workshops hosts visiting faculty in the areas of photography, filmmaking, and media arts throughout the season that extends from June through October. Many visiting faculty participate in college classes as guest lecturers. Students are additionally encouraged to attend evening presentations and panel discussions offered by visiting Workshops faculty.