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Mission + Policies


The Continuing Studies Department at Maine College of Art (MECA) offers open enrollment programs to adults and youth. Our mission is to provide access to professional quality study in the arts and professional development opportunities for diverse members of the general public.


Students may register online at meca.edu/cs, on the phone at 207.699.5061, or in person in the Continuing Studies Office, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland.  Once registered, students will receive a course confirmation at the email address provided at registration. Supply Lists are available online at meca.edu/cs under specific course listings. As part of enrollment, please keep a printed course confirmation with you for the duration of the class.   


Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm.


If an agency, company, or school is paying for your course, an official purchase order, authorization or full payment must accompany your registration.


Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements will be canceled, typically three to five business days before the class begins. Registered students will be notified and refunded in full. It is therefore imperative that students register with an email address and phone number that are up-to-date and checked regularly.  Please feel free to call the CS Office to inquire about class status before buying supplies, booking hotel rooms, etc.


Discount-eligible students should contact the CS office for verification and to register; we cannot apply discounts via online registration.  Full payment must accompany your registration. Discounted slots are limited per class and are applied on a first-come, first-served basis.

For MECA graduates: Maine College of Art degree-program alumni receive a 30% discount on one Continuing Studies course per session. Some exclusions apply and all students must pay the Lab Fee.

For Visual Arts Teachers: Grades K-12 Visual arts teachers employed at least 20 hours/week on a regular basis during the school year receive a 50% discount on tuition for up to two Continuing Studies courses per session. Some exclusions apply and all students must pay the Lab Fee. Verification of current employment (on school letterhead signed by a school official) must accompany your registration each session.


MECA studios and classrooms are available to you only during your scheduled class. Please maintain your confirmation sheet to provide to security personnel if asked.  As a rule, only the first and second floors of the Porteous building are open to the public.


Borrowing privileges are extended to adult students for the duration of the course in which they are enrolled (not applicable to weekend workshops). Please present your confirmation sheet to Library staff for a temporary library card.

MECA's Joanne Waxman Library is one of the largest independent libraries in Northern New England and a major resource of materials on art and design in the region. Its collections number approximately 33,000 volumes and 100 periodicals as well as videos and other materials. In addition, the library houses a Special Collection room, containing, among other items, examples of 19th century publications in the arts and a collection of artists' books; the library also maintains a collection of 55,000 slides. The Library provides access to a suite of online resources, which include online periodical indices and image resources, at library.MECA.edu.

The Library is open to the public. Members of the general public can obtain a library card for an annual fee of $50 ($25 for seniors).


Maine College of Art respects and values people with disabilities.  In addition, Maine College of Art is required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 2008, to provide reasonable accommodations for people with documented disabilities.  To request accommodations, please contact Adrea Jaehnig, Director of Student Affairs, at ajaehnig@meca.edu at least three weeks prior to your scheduled course.


  • 100% Refund: Issued when a student withdraws at least 6 business days prior to the start of class by calling the CS Office at 207.699.5061.

  • 50% Refund: Issued when a student withdraws 5 business days or less from the start of the class by calling the CS Office at 207.699.5061.


  • If MECA cancels a course, all fees will be refunded to the student.

  • Students will not be issued a refund unless a student has officially notified the office of the withdrawal.

  • Special restrictions may apply to certain off-campus programs. Please see the course description for details.

  • A $30 fee will be charged for checks returned for insufficient funds.

  • If you believe your circumstances warrant special consideration, you may email a letter of appeal to the Director of Continuing Studies at cstudy@meca.edu with the subject “CS Appeal.” Appeals must be sent within 14 days of withdrawal.


Adults 18 or older may register for Continuing Studies adult courses. Students under 18 require special permission by the Director of Continuing Studies. MECA reserves the right to cancel courses, substitute instructors, change course times, and limit enrollment. Students agree to abide by any and all rules of the College. MECA will assume no responsibility for any loss, personal or physical.


With enrollment, a student consents to being photographed in classes or at student activities on or off campus. These photographs may be used by MECA in future promotional efforts without specific written permission from the student.


In our Adult programs, credit for completion of a Continuing Studies course is offered in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is issued for ten hours of class participation. Students may request a statement of CEUs earned after completion of a course by emailing cstudy@meca.edu. CS students do not earn CEUs or credit in youth program classes, with the exception of students who complete the Pre-College program for 3 academic credits. Credit-bearing BFA courses are available to the public through MECA’s non-degree program.


Official transcripts are available at no charge upon written request to the Registrar’s Office.


The large majority of classes are held in the Porteous building at 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Addresses for courses taking place at an offsite location will be indicated in the course description and on the course confirmation. Parking is the responsibility of the student. Hourly parking is available at the City of Portland’s Spring Street Parking Garage at 45 Spring Street. This garage is located directly behind the Porteous building with exits/entrances on Spring Street and Free Street.


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