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Continuing Studies

Maine College of Art

522 Congress St

Portland, ME 04101


In person: Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, at the Continuing Studies office at 522 Congress Street, in Portland, Maine.


Phone: 207.699.5061


Once you have registered, you will receive your course confirmation, policy sheet and supply list by email.


Discount-eligible students should contact the office for verification before registration.  Full payment must accompany your registration. A $30 fee will be charged for checks returned for insufficient funds. As proof of enrollment, please bring a printed confirmation of your registration when you attend your first class. 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.


Third Party Payments

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


Tuition Discount 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. Verification of current employment (on school letterhead, signed by a school official) must accompany your registration form each session. 


Each course has a limit of two discounted registrations.  These are applied on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tuition Discount for MECA Graduates

Maine College of Art degree-program alumni receive a 35% tuition discount on any Continuing Studies course for up to two courses per session, some exclusions apply. Please note we cannot apply discounts via online registration.

Each course has a limit of two discounted registrations.  These are applied on a first-come, first-serve basis.



Adults 18 or older may register for Continuing Studies adult courses. Students under 18 require special permission of the Director or Assistant Director of Continuing Studies. MECA reserves the right to cancel courses, substitute instructors, change course times, and limit enrollment. The student agrees 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.

Access to Studio Buildings / Student ID Numbers

MECA studios and classrooms are available to you during your scheduled class or lab times only. You are assigned a student ID number when registering which is included on the confirmation sheet. Please present your confirmation sheet to security personnel when asked.


Library Privileges

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).


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.


Persons with Disabilities Access to CS Program

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 Melvin Adams, Director of Student Affairs, at madams@meca.edu at least three weeks prior to your scheduled course.


Withdrawal and Refund Policy

  • 100% Refund: Student must withdraw at least 6 business days prior to the start of class.

  • 50% Refund: Issued when a student withdraws 5 business days or less from the start of the class.


  • Credit from course withdrawal is not available for classes in following terms.

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

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

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

  • If you think your circumstances warrant special consideration, you may send a letter of appeal to the Director of Continuing Studies. Appeals should be postmarked within 14 days of withdrawal.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Credit for completion of a Continuing Studies course is offered in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the adult program. One CEU is issued for ten hours of class participation. Students will be sent a statement of CEUs earned after completion of a course. 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. Students who complete these courses earn college credit.



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


Location and Parking

Classes are held in the Porteous building at 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Courses that take place at an offsite location will include addresses and directions in the registration information. 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, Portland, ME 04101-3906. The garage is located directly behind the Porteous building on Free Street.

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