Interesting Experience So Far – Art Center isn't a place for everyone. But for those who have a high threshold for pain, and are willing to work through the obstacles, the experience is absolutely priceless. Granted, the school is extremely expensive in terms of material fees, housing, and tuition, but as long as you work hard, all the energy and money is well spent. In the first few terms, the foundation work is laid down pretty solid. In later terms, chances for collaborative work with other departments (transdisciplinary projects and courses) are offered as well as partnerships with both major and local companies and businesses. All in all, Art Center is in its own category within universities-it offers the best qualities of a vocational school in terms of training and education, as well as a vibrant and energetic social scene found in other colleges.
This Is Not College, This Is a Trade School – there is no social scene.
you will get a great education and work your butt off.
it is a transient environment where people come and go as quickly as they can to get their degrees. there is not a huge sense of community because people are so caught up in their own progress and how efficiently they can graduate.
if you are looking for any sort of college or art school experience, look elsewhere. if you want to strictly focus on your one discipline and forefit a lot of your other time/passions/interests for the sake of your success, then its perfect for you.
also, during orientation i heard the phrase used by faculty about faculty almost every day: "anal retentive." art center is for the perfectionist.
Great Education, for Your Major. Art Center is for people who know exactly what they want to do, and while there is a little bit of opportunity to work with people outside your major, you rarely branch out. so if you're graphic design, you're going to get an intensive immersion in the discipline but probably not have much chance of, say, spending a semester dabbling in film or creating an installation piece or something. DO NOT GO TO ART CENTER IF YOU WANT TO DO FINE ART! I don't know how the artists do it at this school - it is so focused on career and design and industry. the teachers overall are pretty experienced and in their own special ways (nice or mean) try to make you bring your best. i feel like the education isn't very well rounded, but if you want to do ONLY your major then this is the place for you.
Lots of International Students – Campus diversity is pretty good, mostly because there are a ton of international students, especially from Asia. Economic diversity is prevalent - there are definitely kids taking on a ton of debt to make this happen, and there are a lot of kids with every Apple gadget who drive BMWs to school.
Being a Photographer Can Be a Bummer on Rainy Days – As a photographer, we still have to do what we have to do, even on rainy days.... We still have to carry large cameras around, and carry large equipments to our cars, etc.
Art Center Is Very Close to Old Town Pasadena That Has Many Resturants – It is inconvenient to drive down the Pasadena hill to get food off-campus. There is In-n-out which is fairly close and is at reasonable price.
The faculty makes the program incestuous and closed off, but I guess this is also what makes Art Center a 'good' school.
No One Likes to Have Fun – Everyone at the school remains so busy and enclosed with staying focused on school that its rare to meet people who party. With my incoming class, a majority of them do not party at all. No one seems to make time for anything enjoyable outside of school work. As for me, I love having a balance between working hard and having some play time on the side. When I do party, it is with friends I have met before attending Art Center. Not to completely throw off the negativity of party life, there are a few classmates I have met who also party while balancing school.
Varies Throughout the Week – The food in the cafeteria has a variety of different things each day with the vending machines usually filled with snacks. It is nice that each day there are options between main courses, soups, salads and desserts. The downside is the pricing for some of the items.
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