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Reviews 233 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Senior

Nightlife: Very little nightlife. There is way too much work!!

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: campus is not very close to dinning areas. If you want to save time, it's probably bests to bring your own lunch.

4 College Senior

Majors: have a good portfolio. if you can, talking to a counselor is probably best to know what kind of portfolio you need to prepare.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: ok I think. but I wish they can also be on top of things.

4 College Senior

Facilities: focus on academic only to skill you up for the career of your choice.

3 College Senior

Parking: parking lot is quite small. not sure how everyone can fit in.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Due to the fact that our school is literally in the middle of a mountain, we are forced to eat at only our school and the food our school offers us, which is more than often overpriced and limited to selection. We have to drive down 10-15 minutes in order to eat off-campus at a restaurant in Old Pasadena, or an In-N-Out the opposite direction, however there are absolutely no off-campus dining fast food chains or eateries which are walking distance.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Aside from the occasional theft of MacBook laptops, which only happened once or twice from the four years of my stay, the school is overall extremely safe and the security work tirelessly throughout the night (as most students pull all-nighters on campus) in order to provide for everyone's safety.

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2 College Senior

Facilities: Art Center's student life, in my opinion, is almost nonexistent. As I have attended the college for the past four years, I have not seen any prominent changes in the way they try to promote any "school spirit" or "hangouts", as all the students are far too busy and submerged in too many projects and unable to attend. However, the only saving factor of the school is the great library facility, as our library has a enormous collection of amazing books ranging in almost everything, the library has been a huge resource for me during my time at Art Center. In opposition to this, however, our computer labs are often too small, and don't have enough space and computers for all the students to work on numerous projects, as this is an art and design school, I feel the urgency and need for students to be allowed availability to all computers at all times.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Art Center is one of the top leading universities in design, and have amazing faculty and department chairs who really believe in the students and try to maximize their capabilities and potentials for their lives as an artist and designer, as well as for their future and career in the arts / design field. Throughout my stay, I have realized that in order for a student to achieve and maximize their learning experience at Art Center, you must be open and willing to try new things and really engage in not only one interest, but many (i.e. doing graphic design as well as industrial design), since the arts world is becoming more of a hybrid. Since the instructors and department chairs at our school are so encouraging and great mentors, I felt my experience was truly enhanced by their guiding hands and, really, their response when they know you are a student who is truly hungry for more and always wanting and willing to push boundaries and go further, to learn more.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you are commuting not so much, it is more recommended to find a housing near since the 210 free way is usually crowded with traffic.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Difficult to find a place and quite expensive for the average price.

2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I would give an average score for financial aid at ACCD, because my sister and I both attended, and graduated from here. We were not offered any aid at all. We were offered loans but nothing like scholarships. And the tuition is insanely expensive. They do have the option to pay your tuition in 3 payments, but you have to pay an additional fee to do that. It's a very expensive school, possibly one fo the top most expensive. I did not have a very helpful experience with the financial aid office, honestly, but I only went to them once.

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

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.


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