Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling

Application Procedures

Applicants to the certificate programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent; at least two years of college or working experience in the media arts is preferred. 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. An interview either via phone or in person will be arranged after 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.

Applications accepted on a space available basis.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Official college transcripts or high school transcripts –  if no college degree
  • 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 correspondence 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.

Policy Granting Credit (only applies to 180-hour courses)

Maine Media College will collect information provided by a prospective student to provide a record by which previous education and training may be evaluated and credit given to the student and to provide a record of such credit and reduction of program length/cost as required by the law.


Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 

The school complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is wheelchair accessible. If enrolled under training with a government agency, institution district, and/or other entity, students must meet the admission requirements set out in the training agreement and/or applicable state licensing or certifications requirements.

Facilities/ Services for Student with Disabilities

While accessibility may come from individualized accommodations, Maine Media should be an already accessible environment, both physically and intellectually. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Maine Media provides reasonable accommodations to all students with documented disabilities.

See Maine Media’s complete information about Accessible Learning here.

Note: In order to be eligible for Title IV, HEA funding, you must be able to benefit from the reasonable accommodations.

Incarcerated Applicants

A student is considered to be incarcerated if she/he is serving a criminal sentence in a federal, state, or local penitentiary, prison, jail, reformatory, work farm, or similar correctional institution (whether it is operated by the government or a contractor). A student is not considered to be incarcerated if she/he is in a halfway house or home detention or is sentenced to serve only weekends. Our attendance policy specifies that all classes and practical studies require attendance at the school’s physical location; therefore, incarcerated students are not eligible for admissions.

Conviction for possession or sale of illegal drugs
  • A Federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. The student self-certifies in applying for aid that he/she is eligible for by using the FAFSA.  Maine Media College is not required to confirm this unless there is evidence of conflicting information.
  • The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for the sale of drugs includes conviction for conspiring to sell drugs)
  Possession of illegal drugs Sale of illegal drug
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 year from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 year from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ Offense Indefinite period  
  • If a student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different the student will be ineligible for the longer period.
  • A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug conviction will make him/her ineligible again.
  • When a student regains eligibility during the award year, the college may award Pell and/or Loan for the current payment period.
  • A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements.
    • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state or local government program.
    • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
    • Be administered or recognized by federal, state or local government agency or court.
    • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.

Upon receipt of all required documents and in good order, the prospective student is eligible to enroll in the school. When all admissions criteria and requirements are met, the prospective student is given the date of the next class. The first day of class will include financial aid and academic orientation, in which the students will sign their enrollment contract, student permit form and additional required paperwork.