Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
1,443
Tuition
$35,552
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 195 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe, there is always security at the school 24/7, the school is always open 24/7. It's always lit well, security will walk you to your car at any hour, day or night. It's a relatively small school, and I've never experienced any threatening situations in my whole 5 years there. The students are hard working and many sleep there and work into late insane hours. There are always people there, it's a very safe environment. Especially during finals and midterm weeks, the parking lot will look 2/3 full even at 1am, and the computer labs are full even at 3am. I've never heard of bad things happening either. The only reason it is not a full score is because my friend ate meat from the cafeteria and got food poisoning. Other than that, the cafeteria experience I have had is that it is very clean and delicious, especially in comparison to other schools. They even have "plastic" utensils made of potato.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The school is strict about drug possessions and things of that nature, not so much on alcohol. There is no housing on campus, or housing at all, so these rules apply to in the classroom, labs and fine art studios. The school is a very free and creative place, they are more concerned about the quality of your work, than the rest of the things you might be doing. Also, the students here are very motivated, and this is not really a problem. However, one thing the school is very strict on is plagiarism, and it is something they take very seriously. Intellectual property is a hot topic and you are required to take classes on it tailored to your major.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: But it is really hard to get scholarships as there are so many talented students that apply for it

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: just dont do anything that can harm others because people are constantly working and projects

4 College Senior

Majors: 1. Praparing portfolio
2. The mos Impotant is, when apply Visa we have to have alot money
3. My program is in normal application
4.

3 College Freshman

Majors: You need to provide a portfolio which for photography isnt that much. you need to be pretty good but not extremely amazing. some people have gotten into art center with having a really bad portfolio... taking pictures of blurry trees, flowers, cats, skies, and their foods or what not.

it really seems like the photography department just needs money so theyre accept all they can

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2 College Freshman

Parking: parking spots fill up too fast and there needs to be other areas to park

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have an internship but it does not regard photography, but rather I shoot video. The department chair makes a big emphasis on what should be regarded as an internship and volunteer work but there are resources to get help and knowledge about these things here

3 College Freshman

Majors: Photography takes a lot of the time but teaches the basics which is completely necessary.

3 College Freshman

Majors: currently it's pretty good. The work load is amazingly high but this puts you in a professional working environment. The standard of skill level among students is very inconsistent though. I think the application process should be more strict on who they accept and reject for art center.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is none at all, and I know a lot of people had trouble finding housing, you can only depend on The Art Center Facebook to find roommates and look for a place yourself. Just figure it out 1 month prior to the start of orientation. Rumor has it that they will be making dorms next to the South Campus in Downtown Pasadena.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Always try for the quarterly scholarships that you need to submit around week 8. It is worth the shot, and always read the rules and policies of financial aid. I didn't so now I'm in a bind with the cal grant running out. Hard to get anough loans and financial aid for this expensive school but the scholarship program is awesome.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Some faculty are very strict with things like attendance or tardies. I think there are many more though who are very lenient and understand the student life and work schedule. The academic life here is very rigorous.

4 College Junior

Parking: Parking is usually convenient. There is no charge for a parking permit. You do not even have to register your vehicle. However it would help if something happened to your car, this way the school may be able to help you more. When parking fills up, campus police will direct you to the extra parking space in the sculpture garden. When parking is very full, there is valet parking where you can give a valet your keys and head to class quickly.

College Junior

Athletics: There are no sports teams on campus however there are clubs that play frisbee or basketball. Art Center does have a basketball court in the sculpture garden and you may also set up a soccer goal in the grass area.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There is a shuttle dedicated to Art Center Students. There is also decent public transportation in the city.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The tuition itself is expensive, but you have a chance of getting a scholarship every term (every 4 months) during a portfolio review. If you manage to get the highest score from your class you will receive $500-3000 per term.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is low crime since the campus is in one of the safer neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Events on campus are almost non-existent. The campus is located in the suburbs of Pasadena, and a few miles away from shopping centers.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Art Centers cafeteria is great, just a little pricy. very diverse in the foods that are available as well as a menu to order off of. Almost everything i've had there is delicious.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus. Sometimes more so than at my own home.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am an Illustration design major with Entertainment Arts track. I got very good fundamentals in first 4 terms. Good teachers, peers that kick your ass and make you work harder. Teachers have a lot of information that help you to improve your artistic strengths. I wish they had more entertainment design classes in my track that would have helped me to get better in concept art and matte painting

4 College Senior

Majors: The process wasnt easy. They are very selective of students who get in, so I worked on my portfolio in community college to bring it to a level. they ask 15 portfolio pieces and everything is based of that. Plus i think there is a $70 something admission fee.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Art Center is predominantly made up of students of Asian descent. This is easily the largest make-up of students on the campus. The bulk of these are international students. This has less to do with, I believe, any conscious act of the school's to create a majority. There are many international students. Any lack of diversity seems to have more to do with the interest of students that come from similar backgrounds.

College Senior

Nightlife: The only nightlife at Art Center is that of the students spending the night to work on projects. The school is notorious for its grueling curriculum and when in term, the students are focused on their work. Art Center parties, when they occur, are notoriously awful. This is the anti-USC.

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