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    The Official Artcenter Thread - like, omg!

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    Eeeheehee... Depository.

    Hiya Steve,
    It'd be nice to meet you sometime actually. I'll give myself a massive head wound so you'll recognize me at school next time.

    Yeah it may be nice to actually have some sort of community at AC. It's a far cry from my last school which had quite a few extra-curricular groups and activities. The whole "all alone in the crowd" mentality that I find at AC sometimes is a bit discouraging. God, we need a club or something.

    And you can stick Michael Maurino in some parentheses.. and then if you actually understand my nick, you get a free pencil

    btw.. Phuzion is an AC guy too.

    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed, The world in arms is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross."

    ...I have a sketchbook?
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    Your nick is an anagram of your name. I'm on the other side of the country, so I'll just have to accept the pencil in spirit.

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    Well I'm not an Art Center student yet, but it is one of the school's I am currently considering heavily. It pretty much down to Art Center and Academy of Art Univ. in SF. does anyone have any suggestions on which one to choose, and if so y?

    Riftrider (Keith Hall)

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    Originally posted by Helium Macaroni

    btw.. Phuzion is an AC guy too.
    no wonder he's the shit.

    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

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    hehe. thanks for putting me on the list, but I have to clear up that I won't be going til spring

    great idea starting this thread though.

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    chumps - hahaha. i used to give those new student tours too. i did a horrible job though cause i was nervous as hell, but it was good for the work study money and the free lunch as well as getting to go through registration early.

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    So can you guys give me the pro's and cons of Pasadena Art Center vs. Academy of Art Univ. in San Francisco? I'm seriously considering both schools due to the positive feedback I've had about them. Is there any other school I might look into (not that I need the added research). I'd perfer to stay in CA, but not if I can get a better education elsewhere. Im taking alot of foundation classes at a local JC that has a great art prog. and alot of my Gen Ed's. so hopefully those wont be an issue wherever I go. THanks 4 any help you can give.

    Keith Hall

    BTW I have some designs that I did for some of the equipment for a comic that the studio I worked did. Their pretty decent I think, but cartoony. I didn't know if it might be a good idea to include them in a portfolio for school admission. ne thoughts?


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    im seriously considering switching schools and going to art center, how is it there? what is the course load like in the illustration degree? are the teachers good?

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    I'm in the same boat. I want to transfer from USC - what was the first warning sign? let's just say a drawing class that focuses on the "philosophical" meaning behind a piece in rather sketchy (no pun intended), dogmatic ways was a pretty good indicator that I was (am) sunk if I stay there.

    My primary interests are Illustration and Animation. A friend of mine (who is doing the same thing) has come to the conclusion that anyone who is anyone in illustration came out of AC. I'm thinking the new game plan will probably involve illustration at AC and animation courses with Genome in Hollywood.

    I am a little concerned about the "cut throat" Art Center is reputed for. I mean, some of my best works was developed through academic discourse. That was the one positive thing about a couple of my art courses at SC - everyone was enthusiastic about learning from and getting ideas and helping everyone else. It wasn't as if discussing an idea sold it to someone else or made it any less. Hopefully that makes sense.

    But any information on life as a student at AC would be more than a little welcome.
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    What I would recommend as a guy who still isn't quite a student is go to an open house or student show and look at all the work. Bottom line (at least for me) is the quality of the work, and if you want to immerse yourself in an environment that's going to push you, then it seems like a great place. I've visited about 3 times and I didn't see any weak pieces by any students.

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    I would really love to see some of the artcenter dudes portfolios, a dream come true would ofcourse be to go to artcenter after highschool and some years of prep. ^^

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    I was once an ArtCenter student but now I am apart of the underground resistance. Too long have they held my fellow Fine Arts brothers in oppression of the design!

    Viva la resistance!

    "You mean you don't make sound effects when you're painting?" -David Tillinghast
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    I just met with my admissions counselor and had a preliminary portfolio review. Everything was so streamlined, easy, and encouraging! I'd seriously recommend scheduling a tour - though it didn't take much to win me over! Hopefully I'll be seeing you AC peeps in January!

    -Mazz

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    It's streamlined until they start takin' kidneys!

    Just kidding. The red tape is miles shorter than what I experienced at Pratt.

    Hey Redder, when did you graduate? And I've always felt the same way about the AC fine art dept. You guys must go through hell considering how design oriented the curriculum is. I don't know exactly what kind of classes you take, but I always personally thought that anyone who wanted to be involved in fine art should move to NYC and attend a school like Pratt, which is much more fine art oriented, even the illustration department. I'd still be there if there was any hope of getting an entertainment design job.

    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed, The world in arms is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helium Macaroni
    Hey Redder, when did you graduate? And I've always felt the same way about the AC fine art dept. You guys must go through hell considering how design oriented the curriculum is. I don't know exactly what kind of classes you take, but I always personally thought that anyone who wanted to be involved in fine art should move to NYC and attend a school like Pratt, which is much more fine art oriented, even the illustration department. I'd still be there if there was any hope of getting an entertainment design job.
    I left ArtCenter after three years because I felt the program was underdeveloped and had to many problems. Part of the problem was the focus on design orientation. I did think about going to NYC but I would have had to leave behind family and friends. Which is what I didn't want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazzic
    I just met with my admissions counselor and had a preliminary portfolio review. Everything was so streamlined, easy, and encouraging! I'd seriously recommend scheduling a tour - though it didn't take much to win me over! Hopefully I'll be seeing you AC peeps in January!

    -Mazz
    But you were sold long before you even set foot on that campus dude! Maybe the two of us should run away to SVA and slum around NYC - I mean, there is incentive there (ie, MoCCA and other stuff). But then, I'm biased as an east coast transplant in a SoCal University in which I may or may not be staying. :huh:

    -A

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    redder - were you in the master or the undergrad program for fine arts? i always heard that the masters program is one of the top in the country with a large waiting list. although its a strange addition to basically a trade school.

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    the school sounds great, i too was thinking about getting a degree in illustration at AC, then going to gnomon for the 3D experience afterward. hopefully i can get down and visit next summer. anyone know how difficult it is to get in?

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    it is probably the easiest to get accepted to accd now than it has been in a long time.

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    I'm interested in going to art center. As an illustration major, would I also be able to take industrial design classes and entertainment classes? Cuz I'm interested in all of those pretty much. btw, seb what was your major? You've got some nice work.

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    i was product design, which left me weak in the painting/color side of things. i opted more for the path of least resistance rather than the more dangerous route of trying to plug all the gaps in my education.

    you will be able to take classes from other majors, but it depends on whether you can get things waived or subsituted. its one of those things you figure out while you are going to school. i took about 4 studios a term and an academic every so often, but i worked in the library too so an additional studio class would probably have killed me. then again there are people that take 5 studios and 2 academics evry term and go straight through. its all a matter of discipline and drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seb
    redder - were you in the master or the undergrad program for fine arts? i always heard that the masters program is one of the top in the country with a large waiting list. although its a strange addition to basically a trade school.
    I was in the undergrad program. The grad program is better because you design your own curriculum, which is good. I'm looking forward to going back to ArtCenter for the grad program. I also didn't know they had a waiting list but then again I went there a couple years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seb
    i was product design, which left me weak in the painting/color side of things. i opted more for the path of least resistance rather than the more dangerous route of trying to plug all the gaps in my education.

    you will be able to take classes from other majors, but it depends on whether you can get things waived or subsituted. its one of those things you figure out while you are going to school. i took about 4 studios a term and an academic every so often, but i worked in the library too so an additional studio class would probably have killed me. then again there are people that take 5 studios and 2 academics evry term and go straight through. its all a matter of discipline and drive.
    Hmmm thanks for the info. I'm kind of torn between doing product design or illustration because I know skills from both majors are necessary. Above all, art center's entertainment classes are what interest me. Would you say there are advantages to majoring in product design (as opposed to illustration)? Thanks for your help.

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    I talked to Alex Alvarez while at the workshop and he recommends taking ID and not illustration as a major if you want to do concept design. Just thought I'd throw that out.

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    ID is good for teching you design process and trying to make you disciplined. there is a low tolerance for any sort of bs. although, you don't produce as much exciting to look at illustrations/color stuff. this forum is more on the illustration/figrative side of things to give you an idea. design work is often not as "pretty" or shown. but i don't really know. i was always one of those people caught in the middle, but regret not learning to paint and draw naked people.

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    Yeah, finding a balance between the worlds of ID and illustration is rather hard. I'd love to get some sort of education where I can get all the figurative and narrational influence from illustration, but that hardcore design, and technical prowess you get from ID. Not to mention the top notch perspective training you get. I suppose I'll just hope Scott Robertson's holds the link between the worlds. Did you take his class while at AC seb? I'm going to take that and Advance Perspective next term in hopes of grounding me a bit more solidly.

    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed, The world in arms is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross."

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    sadly i never took most of the technical skills classes scott teaches. i was 7th term by the time he began teaching again. the perspective stuff is great to know and to have a real process. i really admire people that can contruct their hard surfaces the way he teaches.

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    hmmm, i never lookin into this school before, looks pretty nice =)
    the gallery is pretty impressive

    im glad they accept people with GED's...i hate snobs..hehe

    good thread :jump1:

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    You hate snobs? uh oh......

    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed, The world in arms is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross."

    ...I have a sketchbook?
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