I've noticed that a lot of illustration students start to tend toward an "Art Center" style. I had a conversation with Lorrie Madden one day after class and she said that she notices it in most students. While a lot of people tend towards this style at a certain point here I don't think that the faculty expects you to work that way. I was looking at entertainment design portfolios during the last week of class and I saw a lot of variation. I don't think it's about drawing a certain way, it's just about being effective. I think the cookie-cutter "Art Center" style is effective for a lot of students, but if you're conscious about it and want to be different I think you can get beyond it and the faculty will be happy you did.
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Okay, one thing you gotta remember is that as long as a teacher shows you how to draw, some of their technique is going to rub off on you...unless you completely disregard what they say. It's only after you learn the basics (usually with a certain style) that you can begin to refine the quality of your drawings and then find your style. Plus, we've got classes to help develop our own "touch" (lol) as we heard today in drawing concepts. So I think art center is aware of the Carmean style a lot of people get stuck with and they're making an attempt to avoid that stagnation.
A friend of mine just started Art Center this spring and I heard that him and three other guys are the only incoming freshman out of the 250 who came directly out of high school. I'm not too clear on the details but that sounds pretty impressive to me.
I am thinking of applying for a masters at Art Centre for either 2010 or 2011, once I finish off my degree in Industrial Design this year at Humber College. However I want to shift my focus to concept art wondering how the program there is exactly, since its a masters I'd assume I'd pretty much be able to structure courses around my needs.
Though for the moment I'm planning to give Max he Mutt a shot, as I've been to their school and the learning environment seems pretty solid along with some excellent work in the student gallery and much smaller classes than I'm used to which is a definite plus. (here at Humber I'm 4th year product major with 34 students in my class, 6 in transportation design, where as typical class size at MTM is said to be 15 students.)
So I was wondering how Art centre experience stacks up to other schools, I have 2 Professors that went there 1 who was there like 40 years ago and he other was in the same group as Harald Belker going through. Both of which had positive learning experiences there.
The skills gained from Humber focused strongly on product developement manufacturing, marketing, with little room for blue sky design. so though my sketching skills are above average, and I know allot designing products to work. Product design doesn't really tickle my fancy anymore and I'm looking for an institution to help me take my skills to the next level so I can compete with all the amazing concept art/visual development I see being done today.
I'd appreciate some feed back from others about the Art centre experience, and courses geared towards the skills needed to succeed as a concept designer.
Last edited by Devere; January 30th, 2008 at 11:40 PM.
i see that i have found the ac forum... a little bit to late though - was way to lazy to read all the threads... but hey i posted a thread earlier and would appreciate any help on enrolling an dpreparing my portfolio!
Hey guys, I'm planning to take analytical figure drawing next term and I'm wondering how the class is with Jeff Smith. I've heard some not so good things about him from friends who had him for head and hands but perhaps he has a different teaching method when it comes to figure drawing? Any info would be much appreciated!
talako- You should ask Arron about Jeff Smith. He has him right now for analytical figure drawing, and from what I've heard it's a pretty cool class.
Econ- E-mail the office of student life to get a housing list if you want to find roommates around the area... A lot of people I know are living with other ACCD students and they seem like good arrangements most of the time. I'm paying $850 for a 1br (split 2 ways with my g/f) right off of Lake and Orange Grove and it's really nice. You should be able to find decent housing if you shop around. West Side Rentals has a ton of listings. As far as girls go... seriously, does anyone going to art center have time to date? I live with my g/f and I hardly spend time with her. I'll just say "not bad."
Devere- You should try to contact Peter Chan (http://www.drawpeterdraw.com). He was a graduate ID student who went into entertainment design here.
bibbels- Sorry man, I don't know about the graphics program. :/
i start in the fall of '08(for GPK), i was just wondering if you had any words of wisdom, any sort of advice not only in terms of surviving but also advice in terms of good places to live/the surrounding area of art center.
Is anyone else worried about the transition of entertainment design into its own major? I hear there are only going to be so many spots open and I've also heard a rumor the entertainment arts is going to be cut out sooner than anyone thinks.
Just a nasty rumor I heard, thought I would throw it out there to see if anyone else knew.
But what I'm really getting at is the number of students their saying they will admit-18 students only for 3rd term?!