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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'd like to point out that I am specifically an animation student. And we are the quirkiest bunch of people. The curriculum and teachers really prepare you for the crazy and hectic life of an artist working in a studio. You don't have a lot of time to goof off, and when you do work, you get a lot done in a small amount of time. The animation shooting room is pretty small, but the chair is hopefully going to give us more space in the future for more students. We also have a job board for the general school, whether you're looking for a part time job in school, or a full time job in a studio. It's updated with the latest jobs and internships, which is pretty cool.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors and teachers they have here are top notch. You are literally working with celebrities that know how the industry works. The registration process is handled very well; you're assigned a counselor that can help review your portfolio and make it ready to send off to the admissions committee. They're pretty lenient on what you send it; just send in your strongest pieces. HOWEVER for animation, they are very strict about your portfolio and require you to hit each piece of art they ask for. That shouldn't scare you away if you're looking into animation though!

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4 College Junior

Academics: As a design major with an action sports emphasis I've had many unique opportunities. We have guest speakers come often and classes are taught mainly by working professionals. We also have courses led by Nike, Vans and other industry leaders. The location in south orange county is great for anyone who wants to work i the action sports field because it is home to many major and boutique brands. At LCAD you have to have an internship to graduate which is important

3 College Junior

Academics: Depends on what you mean by "academics" classes are wonderful. Liberal Arts course are not difficult...I had harder classes in 8th grade. That being said it is an ART school, so if you are looking to be pushed in other fields, dont bet on it. my design skills have improved greatly in just one semester. Instructors are knowledgeable, working professionals in their field and are willing to give you extra help/mentor you if you work hard and approach them.

The reason I give it a B- is because professors are not by any means rigorous...meaning you get what you put into a course. most professors here are all not actual trained teachers, but professional artists...meaning they arent too strict, allow late work, dont take attendance often, etc...

this is a blessing and a curse. i like that they are laidback, but this can also cause you to slack off and not accomplish much. ive seen plenty of my classmates take advantage of teachers and skip class all the time/rarely turn in assignments, but in the long run youre only hurting yourself. as someone whos older and self-motivated i like the laidback approach of LCAD, but if you need discipline this might not be the place for you. however i the real world isnt gonna hold your hand either

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Laguna College of Art and Design is an excellent alternative to the usual curiculum and philosophies found in CA art schools. LCAD focuses primarily on figurative work. It is a small school which has a very specific theme. If you are an abstract painter, performance artist, or installation artist, this probably isn't the school for you. The professors are themselves, exceptionally talented artists with rich histories of showing and selling figurative art work. It is refreshing to find a group of instructors who can actually help their students with technical and professional skills.

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