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| Cal Arts does not coddle you - you have to think and create on your own. This isn't high school art: you won't be getting praised for exposing negatives correctly or drawing nice still lives. You will be making art for the real Los Angeles art scene, which means you have to think fast and develop a thick skin. Yep, most of the teachers are arrogant and so are the students. That's how the art world is. |
Also, if you're not from Los Angeles, get used to the idea that you'll be living and working with people who have famous parents and grew up in the Hollywood Hills. They are used to being treated like they're special and it will be much easier for them to get shows and jobs. It sucks. But their work will be judged as harshly as anybody else's in crit, so you can take a little comfort in that.
That said, Cal Arts is a great place to start if you want to try to make it in the art world. Not that all the graduates do, but if you look at the most famous artists in the country right now, you'd be surprised to find out how many of them studied or taught at Cal Arts. And L.A. has an great art scene, with more opportunities than anywhere besides New York and much lower cost of living.The recession has definitely hit the art world hard but it'd be just as hard to find work as a lawyer these days. Why not ride it out doing something you love?
|May 14 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Do not listen to the negative reports! This is the best film and animation school in the West, if not the world. People call it the Juilliard of the West Coast, and there are people here who turned down USC, NYU, and Juilliard to attend Calarts. The film department has important people from the industry as instructors, and the animation dept is world famous. Plus, the industry connections and opportunities are first rate. Forget about waiting till your second or third year to begin studying in your area of interest- they immerse you into it immediately. I love it here, I feel like I am going to get the career I have always dreamed of.Ignore the drunks and potsmokers, as they drop out soon enough...there are good sober hard working students here, but you have to look for them as they are usually off working on their next film, song, theatre production, cartoon, etc. |
|Jan 31 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| CalArts is a great school if you value creativity and innovation in art. However, it is not a place that anyone should go to receive their Bachelors degree. It does not stress artistic foundations. It is more concerned with finding your own voice. However, you will see that many undergrads at CalArts neglect technical proficency and are searching for their "voice" but do not have an artistic vocabulary that is ample for such a journey. Also, it is a very loose atmosphere and does not stress the importance and practice and study. You have students who are there to work and excel in their field and you have an abundance of students who spend their time skating by and consuming mass amounts of mind altering substances. Also, do not be fooled. CalArts does not have a great reputation in Los Angeles by artists and non-artists alike. Most people that I have talked to about CalArts alway raise an eyebrow when they hear that I attend this school. People think that everyone at CalArts excessively smokes weed and engages regularly engage in activities that are against social normalities. This perception of CalArts is not one that lends itself to ample job opportunities. Most people that I know who have graduated from CalArts work in very low paying jobs such as at Trader Joes, Vons, Ralphs, or any other minimum wage job. However, if you come from a family that can support you for the rest of your life, or you don't mind being dirt poor for the rest of your days and you have a passion for modern art, then CalArts is the right place for you. |
|May 23 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |