Among the programs offered at the school, the Professional Certificate in Photography is of particular interest. Students are instructed in "all facets of photography," with training in both traditional film processes and digital imaging.
This is a 30-week program that offers classes in digital photography, darkroom skills, history of photography, fine art photography and documentary projects.
"The program is excellent preparation for students seeking admission to graduate programs or for those who want to develop their photography in an immersive and highly challenging environment."
During the fall term, students in the Professional Certificate in Photography program focus on fundamentals and begin to explore creative expression.
Class activity includes lectures, field work and laboratory time. During this term the student chooses a digital path or a traditional darkroom course then moves toward projects and a portfolio.
Classes that make up the fall term are:
Students move into the winter term to dig deeper into the photographic process and choose a project course. Specialization is introduced during this term.
Classes offered in the winter term are:
Students concentrate on "artistic and professional development" during the spring term. Personal projects in fine art photography or documentary photography are continued from the previous terms. Emphasis is placed on individual ideas with a public exhibition of student work at the end of the term.
Classes offered in the spring term are:
Degree requirements are usually completed in three to five years.
Maine Media College also offers a "low-residency program" for students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography, film-making or multimedia.
Individual courses of study are formulated in cooperation with faculty advisors. Degree requirements are usually completed in three to five years.
The school offers two MFA retreats each year (November and April). Degree candidates meet with faculty members for project critiques. During school terms between retreats degree candidates work with faculty members or other professional mentors.
The goal is to finish specific projects that will be presented at future retreats.
"Candidates are required to complete at least four weeks in residency during their program."
This requirement can be met in two, two-week periods or one four-week period.
Master of Fine Arts degree candidates also take up to nine elective credits, choosing from classes offered during workshops. In addition, degree candidates must complete projects as specified by advisers. The MFA program
"culminates with the presentation of final thesis exhibitions or screenings."
One of the keys to success in the Maine Media College program for MFA candidates is the opportunity to hold a teaching assistantship or another support position. These are considered "highly competitive."
MFA candidates complete 60 semester hours of graduate credits, with about 65 percent earned through projects or residencies.
Maine Media College conducts some of its classroom business in an 1809 farmhouse called The Homestead. In addition, the Haas Center houses administrative offices, classrooms, darkrooms and laboratories.
But the bucolic setting shouldn't fool you into thinking this is an "old time" school. The college has state-of-the-art facilities for post-production as well as a 2,400-square-foot sound stage fully equipped with lighting, sets and video production equipment.
The New Imaging Center houses digital photo labs, darkrooms and some academic offices. The campus residence building also has classrooms, an Internet café and other facilities.
Maine Media College benefits from being in a beautiful area that has drawn artists and photographers for decades. Rockport is a small town, but it is alive with creativity and artistic energy. From June to October, workshops bring in visiting faculty members for discussions and critiques in photography, filmmaking and related arts.
College students also attend privately scheduled presentations, panel discussions and other events related to the college. For world-class photography study in a magnificent setting, Maine Media College in Rockport is a great choice.
P.O. Box 200
70 Camden Street
Rockport, ME 04856