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Art Center costs asAverageFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Art Center costs as of Fall 2012
Undergraduate Tuition (per term): $17,526
There are no counselors to assist students in selecting classes. There are no Veteran services.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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I've been to a regular university, and ifBrightArt & Design Department
I've been to a regular university, and if you're looking for the typical college experience go to another school. Art Center is simply a small trade school (a good one); some people don't like to call it that. It is what it is; judge it accordingly. The various offices (records, alumni, etc.) are grossly understaffed, so a lot of responsibility is placed on the students to handle things that an average university would handle for you.

Consider that like any school, Art Center has good departments and poor ones. Look at the major you wish to pursue and ignore comments made specifically about the other departments.

A few thoughts on what I didn't like about the school in general:

The parking situation is absolutely ridiculous (get a beater for school)
Class sizes are getting larger each term
Since I graduated (4 years ago), the cost of tuition has gone up nearly 25%. What are they doing with all of that money?

Overall quality of work has gone down
Extremely rude office staff (they need more people to help out)
What I liked about Art Center:

Prestige (let's be honest that's a biggie)
Great school to make connections... if you want to study transportation design, it's hard to overlook how well the alumni are represented around the world

If you're in a strong class, your fellow students are much more instrumental to your growth than any teacherNot every teacher is great, but Art Center has a phenomenal faculty in general

4th Year Male -- Class 2006
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Individual Value: F
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I don't think this survey really fits theBrightIndustrial Design
I don't think this survey really fits the needs of our school in this situation. I do not care about the extra-curricular activities, or the "social life" of art center. What I do want to be ensured is that The school keeps its good name, and stays in a competitive tone. I did not come here to enjoy the perks of a nice liberal arts school, I came primarily to gain skills, and an added bonus was to make network connections in my field.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2009
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Social Life: C-
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