The purpose of this handbook is to outline and clarify the Professional Certificate: program of study, procedures & policies, and expectations. If you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact [email protected].
Institutional Mission Statement
Maine Media Workshops + College educates and inspires visual artists and storytellers to achieve their creative potential.
We provide lifelong learning opportunities for those pursuing the fine arts and media-related professions. We are committed to fostering a diverse community that values creativity, respects culture, and seeks to deepen human understanding and expand communication in the world.
Purpose of Maine Media College
The Purposes of Maine Media Workshops + College are:
To honor historical forms and practices while embracing new technologies and modes of creative expression.
To provide a focused educational experience distinguished by excellence in craftsmanship, creativity, and critical thinking.
To support the creation of exemplary work in a student’s chosen media.
To foster intellectual and artistic growth, academic success, collaboration, and community involvement.
To model professional practices and examine ethical responsibilities.
To serve a global community in creating an inclusive environment that promotes the free exchange of new ideas, perspectives, and initiatives.
Objectives of the Professional Certificate Programs
The objectives of the College for the PCVS program:
To demonstrate competency in the application of the principles of visual storytelling: understanding the differences between documentary, journalism, and expressive storytelling forms and demonstrating the ability to produce professional-level work in each, from capture to editing to various output (print and web-based) forms;
To demonstrate proficiency in the use of still and video cameras and lighting equipment, Adobe Creative Suite software, web-based publishing software and tools;
To become conversant with the histories and contemporary uses of media arts forms, and competent in critiquing art work;
To be functionally knowledgeable in business practices for artists including licensing, insurance, and releases, as well as copyright law.
The objectives of the College for the CCF program:
To understand the different roles played by key filmmaking professionals, including writers, producers, directors, cinematographers, and editors, and demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively in these roles with other students by practicing professional workflows and working in replicated set environments.
To develop critical acuity in effective storytelling through a study of the dynamics of story structure and character development as evidenced by the successful completion of a written screenplay or treatment.
To become conversant with film history and theory and find within these areas of study common referents enabling students to more effectively communicate with collaborators and realize larger contexts of form and genre for critique of their work.
To be functionally knowledgeable in business practices for filmmakers including how to pitch a project or scene to colleagues and executives; financing and distribution models; elements required for delivering a finished film suitable for entry into a film festival; job opportunities within film and television with practical, real - world perspectives on how the industry works.
Maine Media Workshops + College has adopted a list of General Policies to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the campus community. It is up to all students to review these policies. To view Maine Media’s General Policies please go here.