I am an international transfer student pursuing illustration at CCA, and I love it! like anywhere you find good and not so good teachers. Same deal with students. if you're serious about it you will learn a lot, since teachers teach you A LOT! they are doing demos all the time and handling you tips and techniques. It's up to you if you want to master them or not. They have humanities/science classes requirements to graduate as well.
There are two kinds of illustration classes: the core illustration classes (that go from 1 to 7) where you are given an assignment and have to create thumbnails, value studies, color studies etc till you hand the final. They meet twice a week in 6 hours per week. Traditional media is highly encouraged for finishes. The other kind of class is "illustration tools" that teach you specific fun stuff, like techniques such as oils, watercolor, digital media (basic), sequential (comic books), children's book illu, visual journalism etc.
You also have to take electives outside your major that are really great (I want to take them all) and fun. And last, but not less important, the weather here is really nice, always a little windy, never very cold, never very hot. People is usually friendly (or crazy) and there are lots of stuff to see and do around. I currently live at the dorms and it's been a great experience as well!
hope you find the school that best suits you!
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