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I went to CCA to study for myQuite BrightIndustrial Design
I went to CCA to study for my second degree. I have a BA from a top tier University. I was hoping students, teachers, office workers, departments, would all work together towards a same goal, but was very disappointed. From the outside, the school presents well, the student work looks amazing, the staff is overall friednly. Once I actually started attending I realized how disfunctional this school really is. I really felt most of the student body was, arrogant, unfriedly, and clicky, and the teacher body was self-absorbed. I would hardly get any feedback from either students, or teachers, and only learnt to depend on skills I already had prior to attending. I would not recommend this school to second degree students or adults returning to school, perhaps young inexperienced high-school graduates can put up with the attitudes, unorganized staff, and condescending teachers, but I know I couldn't because I know it isn't the way things are normally done! In the end I decided to put my graduation on hold and attend a different school.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Campus Maintenance: A, Faculty Accessibility: D
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This school is amazing.Super BrilliantDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
This school is amazing. I am in love with the illustration program. The faculty and staff are very nice and helpful. They would go out of their way, just to make your stay at CCA worthwhile. Illustration departament teachers are just wonderful, especially Storey, who will be your best friend and make even the most boring things seem exciting.

I am very impressed with how everything works here. Students are very friendly, and I made great friends the first day i came here. It truly feels like home. Especially if you live in dorms, i would suggest them. It is an experience you want to live through. And im not even talking about the city, and all the amazing things one can do there.If you have been looking at this school, i strongly suggest you to come and attend. even if you are in a financial hardship, CCA will work it out. Their financial aid packages are extensive and if you really want to attend, they will make it happen, even if all you own is your body.

1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C+
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Wasted two years of my life at thisBrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Wasted two years of my life at this school. The school's policies are confusing, faculty spiteful (with a few exceptions), generally just unpleasant. Few faculty members are forward thinking especially about photography. Many are confined to traditional conceptions about what photography can be as a medium. I only had one faculty member encourage experimentation but ever that was limited. Counselors were distant at best, and not understanding to health issues. I can remember four incidents of gun related crime (one happened to a friend of mine). I would advise anyone considering this school do otherwise.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A, Scholastic Success: F
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