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Certificate Programs

Applicants to the Certificate programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent, at least two years of college experience or equivalent professional experience and demonstrate proficiency in the visual arts. The pace of the program is demanding, requiring a high degree of motivation and the ability to work independently. A portfolio and/or reel for review is required in the admissions process. An interview either via phone or in person will be arranged once all application materials have been received by the college. Prospective students are welcome and invited to visit Maine Media College, tour the campus and meet with faculty.

To schedule an appointment, contact [email protected] or call 877-577-7700.

Application Deadline 

Applications being  accepted on a space available basis.  Currently seats are available.

Application Process

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio / reel
  • Statement of interest and intention
  • Resumé
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75. A deposit of $600 will be required upon acceptance to the program.
  • A personal interview is strongly recommended, though not required

The College will acknowledge receipt of your application and correspond  concerning all required materials. Students are notified in writing of acceptance to the program once all materials have been received and reviewed. A tuition deposit of $600. is required upon acceptance to the College. Payment in full is due within 30 days prior to the start of the first term.

Certificate Requirements

Students seeking to obtain the  Certificate must complete a total of 48 quarter-hour credits with a grade average of C or better. The credit requirements are comprised of required courses and electives for each program.

MFA Program
  • Completed application form  and $75 application fee (make checks payable to “Maine Media College.”
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Resumé
  • An essay, approximately 500 words in length, describing: the applicant’s background and formative influences, either aesthetic or experiential, in his or her discipline, his or her interest in pursuing an MFA degree, and the applicant’s goals beyond graduate school
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional colleagues
  • Portfolio, reel, or other documentation of work
Submission Guidelines:

Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be sent to: MFA Admissions | Maine Media College | 70 Camden Street | Rockport, Maine 04856
All other materials should be submitted via one of the following options:

  • Website gallery (please provide password if necessary)
  • ​Vimeo page (please provide password if necessary)
  • USB flashdrive mailed to the above address

Images for digital portfolios should be JPG files and not exceed 1200 pixels in any dimension.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, however the deadline for appliction submissions for fall retreat admissions is September 30 and for spring retreat admissions the deadline is April 15. Admissions materials are reviewed by the core MFA faculty and acceptance decisions are made prior to retreats.  Applicants are notified of admissions decisions within three weeks of receipt of completed applications. Prospective students may audit weekend retreats to gain insight into the structure of the program, meet with faculty for individual portfolio reviews and receive counsel on application to the program.

Maine Media College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, ancestry, national and ethnic origin, physical or mental handicap.

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International Students

Maine Media College is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice for foreign students, in accordance with U.S. Immigration laws. International students attending Maine Media College must submit proof of financial ability to cover all costs, including travel to and from their home country. Information on student visas and applications is available upon acceptance by calling, faxing or writing Maine Media College Registration Office (phone 207.236.8581, ext 303) or email to [email protected] . Scholarships and Financial grants may be available, on application; however, Maine Media College student loans are not available to international students. All deposits and fees must be paid in U.S. funds.

Proficiency in spoken and written English is critical to students’ success in the MFA program at Maine Media College. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores. International students who have previously earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university at which instruction is provided in English are exempted from this requirement. TOEFL test scores must be reported directly to Maine Media College through Educational Testing Service (ETS).The ETS institutional code for Maine Media College is B686.For more information about ETS and TOEFL scores please contact the registrar at [email protected].

There are no minimum-score requirements for admission. Test results are considered in light of other factors used to determine preparedness for graduate study.

A few weeks prior to arrival in Rockport, students receive a packet of information confirming accommodations, if applicable and information on how to prepare for the program, including the orientation schedule, invoice for tuition and applicable fees.

Complete information on student services and policies is available in the Student Handbook.