A little art school on Maine’s coast takes big step toward greater recognition

May 21, 2018 by

Lauren Abbate | BDN The Maine Media College in Rockport has recently achieved accreditation candidacy status.

By Lauren Abbate –

A Rockport-based nonprofit college that specializes in visual storytelling is on the road to accreditation after providing arts education for more than 40 years through workshops and certificate programs.

The Maine Media College was granted candidacy for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) last month — a status the organization has been working toward for the past three years.

While the school still has five more years before it can become fully accredited, school officials say the candidacy status is a boost for the school and its students, who will now be able to qualify for federal financial assistance.

“I’ve always called the candidacy the light in the middle of the tunnel, there are so many benefits that come with that formal association [with an accrediting organization],” Maine Media College president Meg Weston said.

The school’s educational focus is on media arts. It offers instruction in photography, filmmaking, book arts and design, as well as writing and multimedia arts. Maine Media College offers one degree-granting track, a low-residency master of fine arts program; two certificate programs — one in visual storytelling — and one in collaborative filmmaking; and a host of shorter workshops.

By being granted candidacy status, the school can now apply to the Department of Education for approval, If that is granted, Maine Media College can begin to apply for federal grants and loans, Weston said.

Source: A little art school on Maine’s coast takes big step toward greater recognition — Education — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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