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Reviews 195 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – The computer labs at school are generally available to those who use Macs or any other kind (like Dell), and have incredible, ergonomic chairs. However, during finals and midterms, it tends to get a big loud and crowded so it is alot easier to just bring your own laptop since tables are everywhere. The wireless access is usually not a problem unless you are trying to connect from outside, then it can fade in and out at times. The printers are fine, especially the laser printers, but it is advised that if you need to do good printing you should bring your own paper since we use recycled paper that doesn't take in ink as cleanly as you would like for a presentation.

3 College Junior

Academics: I have not started yet but it looks like they have the up to date and nessary equipment to teach and provide opportunity to there students.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls – There are all sorts of people at Art Center. There are pretty guys and girls, they all have strong interest the different fields of art that they are in. The usual typical look of art center student are thin, slim, and skinny, every now and then you see the rare buff people. During school days, social life well you don't really have a social life because Art Center is like a boot camp. The relationship are a few since the school works their students hard.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at Art Center are all high-end computers. Almost all the computers they use are iMac, and they are available to everyone. Also, they have their own printing room, where you can print pretty much anything want. Also the wireless connection is terrific no lag at all! The computers and the network are awesome!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Local Atomsphere – Old Town Pasadena is a small little town with lots of attractions to offer. Also by Old Town is Art Center College of Design, which is only a couple of minutes away. It has many of the stores that I like to go too, like art supply store, grocery, book stores, and computer. So in basic, Old Town is awesome!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Pretty Bad Situation – It's a small school with small parking lots; but because it's such a hassle to use public transportation to get there, most everyone has a car and the spots fill up very quickly. You should get to the school at least 30 minutes before if you want to get a space. They do have over-flow parking in the sculpture garden, sadly also on the basketball court, so you can guess it's rarely used.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being an Art School, and a VERY difficult one at that. You really can't expect much in the way of sports. However, they realize you need the release all that pent up anger and frustration somehow, so laking a gym Art Center stuck up a deal with PCC and Gold's Gym. Art Center students can use PCC gym for free or get a discount membership at Gold's Gym. There is also free weekly Yoga classes on campus, also students usually get together and make clubs pertaining to sports. So there is availability of sports, but not that much, and honestly, there is barely any time for it.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You're on Your Own, Kid – Welcome to Pasadena.
My first piece of advise is, get a car if you can. Apartments in Pasadena are super expensive, so your best bet is to rent a room. But public transportation to get to school is horrible. Trust me, I've been doing it for a year and I'm just about ready to have a nervous breakdown from it. If you have a car, you can live in one of the neighboring cities, like Glendale, Highland Park or Eagle Rock, and you have better chances of getting a cheaper place. I hear the commute from those places isn't all bad, 20 minutes tops. I live only 7 miles from the school (a 10 minute drive on the highway or less, depending on traffic), and it takes me an hour and a half each way on the buses. So yeah, 20 minutes at your own leisure is not that bad. Sure you have to put up with LA traffic, but it comes with the territory.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There Isn't Much – there isn't much use of illegal drugs or alcohol out in the public at least.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Isolated and Safe – The campus is away from the city on a hill. It's fairly quiet and isolated and not much energy going around to cause anything serious.

College Freshman

Scholarships: Regardless of what advisors may tell you, always try to get into the scholarship pool. At Art Center, participating in the scholarship review is crucial-financial reasons aside, it's the one time in the term where you're able to show everyone (fellow classmates, instructors, department chairs and advisors, the world) your progress at the school. Especially for first term students, keep in mind that presentation is important. A first term student's body of work may not be the most impressive, but present it well and it makes all the difference. As for financial aid, Art Center gives out a decent amount. I've talked to many of my fellow first term classmates and most are on scholarship. However, be sure to keep the GPA high and enter those reviews. It's the only way you can get money from the school. Outside of school scholarships are also offered and the financial aid office is more than willing to help with private loans and offering resources for students to find other means of scholarship and aid.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: 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.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: 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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: 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.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: 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.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: 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.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: 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.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The faculty makes the program incestuous and closed off, but I guess this is also what makes Art Center a 'good' school.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: 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.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: 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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