Facing an existential crisis, some colleges do something rare for them—adapt

Just beyond the entrance to the onetime department store that now serves as the home of the Maine College of Art & Design is a long room with high ceilings in which students in the gaming and animation programs work.

What sets this room apart isn’t just the colorful sketches and storyboards everywhere, the shelves of action figures or the ubiquitous technology. It’s that there aren’t any walls, and the desks and other furniture can be easily rearranged as students’ interests change.

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