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Dec 03 2009Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc

The Fine Art department at Cal Arts is horrible.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Preparedness: D+ Reputation: F

This school costs around

Apr 26 2011Art & Design Department
This school costs around 150,000 per student for the four year bachelor of Arts degree. I would not recommend going here if you plan to accept that much student loan debt. Also, the school is no longer affiliated with Disney.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2012
Surrounding City: B, Education Quality: D-

CalArts is a great school if you value

May 23 2008Music - Performance
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.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2010
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Education Quality: C-
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