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California Institute of the Arts

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC- Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeA
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsC+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant

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Date: May 23 2008
Major: Music - Performance (This Major's Salary over time)
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.
questionDo you know any art schools that value education quality, good environment, has an aesthetically-pleasing campus, and has most of its graduates be well-off in terms of annual income? Thanks
responseNo. CalArts is a good art school for those who are interested in innovation. The campus is as beautiful as any arts school in the U.S. As far as annual income of the average graduate. Don't go to art school if you are concerned about a career when you graduate. The stereotype of the "starving artist" is very real. If you're luck, as a graduate in any artistic field, you may find a steady job teaching.
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