ROCKPORT, Maine – Today Maine Media Workshops announced a change in name for its academic arm, Rockport College. Maine Media College is now the name of the school that shares the Workshops’ campus and facilities and offers professional certificate programs and low-residency MFA degrees in photography, filmmaking, and multimedia.
In 2007, the Maine Photographic Workshops, the International Film and Video Workshops, and the College transitioned to nonprofit status under a new governance structure. The name Maine Media Workshops was introduced to unify the workshop programs under a single name that better describes the structure of the school in an age where boundaries between media forms are blending. This successful transition led to growth for the Workshops programs, and support from sponsors and donors alike.
The College is also thriving. A class of 17 Professional Certificate students completed their programs in film and photography in spring 2008, and there are 11 students currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program. This fall the school is launching a new multimedia program, and pursuing accreditation for the College from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The school’s board of directors determined that the name “Rockport College” did not express the important relationship between the college and the workshops. This name change will telegraph the special and unique relationship between the College and the Workshops and will underscore the fact that Maine Media is one school.