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California Institute of the Arts

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionB-
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueC University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC FriendlinessC
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeC
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Afraid, Arrogant

Describes the faculty as:
Helpful, Arrogant

Quite Bright
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He cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: May 20 2008
Major: Music - Performance (This Major's Salary over time)
CalArts, to me, seemed like some sort of nucleus for artists and thinkers, sadly though, it was quite different. I was unsure as to whether or not I wanted to study at a regular liberal arts college or an art school so I applied to several different schools across the nation from both categories. At the time I was already living in So. Cal. so, upon acceptance, I decided to attend, that is, at least for one year. I was accepted at every other college/university to which I applied so making my decision was rather hard. The teachers here are great however they do seem quite busy with their own lives and yes, I must admit, a bit arrogant. They have that same mentality that a lot of other people seem to have who are working in more contemporary styles. Which is, basically, don't question, if you don't understand you just don't 'get it'. I felt that way a lot and I consider myself and my work avant-garde. I approached one teacher and complimented him on a performance I had seen (of his) the night before. His answer was so… snooty I couldn't believe I had wasted the air required to tell him how I truly enjoyed it! As mentioned the teachers seemed to be rather busy. For one course I was required to hand in two reports/essays… I am still awaiting those! I received a good grade ("high pass") but would rather see the teachers comments about my thoughts and work than a final grade over-all. the students are your typical art school type. they dress the way an artist should and barely smile. they look like they could use a dose of reality and some protein. try as I might I NEVER felt as though I belonged to any group there. Granted I am the 'non-traditional' student - being quite older than the average BFA-1 (Freshmen) but with a music school as small as CalArt's and students from all levels intermingling… I still felt as though I couldn't strike up a conversation with anyone. The campus is located in the WORST possible spot. Valencia is a planned community and feels very alien - to me at least. Its basically a town full of restaurants, shopping centers, soccer moms and SUVs. If that sounds good to - you will like it here very much!
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