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Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) Reviews

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  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but worth every dollar! If you believe your future is worth $25,000 a year then invest..I believe my future is worth all the student debt I can occur and cutting economic corners is for the lesser.

    Food and Dining

    Vending machines on campus, food truck visit, but its a short 10 min to get quick food around the area.

    Dorm Life

    Off campus living is always better!

    Academic Rigor

    Small classes 15 or less, professor and classmates are like a boss & workers in the real world. Meaning there is equal respect for all level of talents and skills. Professors know you by name & one on one help is always encouraged.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am one! put serious and professional effort into your application portfolio, as if you are giving it to Donald Trump! It will pay off because they award merit-scholarships to the best portfolios. I got one for $5,000 with my letter of acceptance!

    In three sentences

    Can't wait to start here!! if art is your life and your life is art, then you have arrived!!

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The school offers numerous scholarship opportunites from large companies. The school has events posted and emailed to students through the website. You can always go to the beach if you'd like, eat out and walk around.

    Food and Dining

    The school only offers a truck that comes by to the three campuses. The truck serves a variety of food but specializes in hispanic. The school is close to the beach so you can always go eat there.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is only meant for incoming freshmen. Campus owned dorms are not open to higher grades. Apartments must be rented and do not belong to the school.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers a wide variety of majors. The school allows students to pursue their art-style of choice. The school has a fairly strong work load that will keep you busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its not the school, but what you do with the education. Ultimately you decide your own success. The students are friendly and the staff is quite helpful and small, so be nice. Always network when you have the opportunity to.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for people who are interested in small classes with the focus on the students. The classes work you as hard as any other school and fun to take. The school is located near the beach, also allowing you to walk around the surrounding paths.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    BEACH n SURF!! X)

    Food and Dining

    The school itself doesn't have this, but it is close to town to grab a bite.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms were few, but very nice. Other housing would be apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that I sat in on were very informative and interesting.

    In three sentences

    The school had a small student body, so it seemed like you were able to talk to the teachers more. It was in a great location, just up the road from town. It was a small campus so no stress on rushing to classes.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and somewhat secluded in a little canyon. They just installed security cameras overseeing all the parking lots and common areas and I haven't heard of any issues. We get out of class around 10 most nights and stay even later working during finals and when we get out I never feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    None whatsoever.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not really any clubs but we do tend to group together by major since we spend so much time together in class.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are driven and self motivated to work hard and want to work in commercial arts will thrive here. This is not a fuddy-duddy, just-express-yourself, whatever-makes-you-feel-good, art school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year they bring live wild animals to the campus and draw them. We had a leopard one year and a zebra and a red fox another year. They bring food trucks in a couple times a semester for special events. There is a grassy field area on main campus that has an awesome huge tree that sprawls and tangles across the lawn. We have all our big meetings there and it is a great place to hang out and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    The school has great teachers and the location has some major perks but that can also be a disadvantage. It is definitely one of the cheaper private art schools in the area. It has good proximity to LA which is a major center for the animation industry. All the teachers have great connections to all the major animation studios. We get tours of the studios and advance screenings of movies along with guest speakers of some of the biggest names in the industry. The class sizes are fairly small but increasing. I think it is awesome and am satisfied with my decision to attend LCAD.

    What to do for fun

    The school is about 10-15 minutes from the beach and Laguna is full of art galleries and museums. There is also a lot of really good restaurants if you can afford them. There are lots of good hiking trails in the area and the wildlife reserve in the area is famous all around for its mountain biking trails. It is about 45 minutes away from Disneyland and an hour away from the LA area. Not sure how much of this you will be able to actually do during the school year though. The workload is pretty intense.

    Food and Dining

    The only food available on campus is a weird little food truck that shows up once a day with over priced mediocre food. You will have to drive 15 to 30 minutes to find a restaurant. You can go down into Laguna Beach but they pride themselves in not allowing chain restaurants in the city and so everything is super expensive or you can drive farther north into Aliso Viejo to find actual shopping centers and fast food type stuff. They are building a cafe at the south campus by the dorms but it is not owned by the school and there has been no word about whether we will get a discount or anything like that. I have no idea what the food will be like or anything but that will be at least one semi-convenient option.

    Dorm Life

    The school is located in a canyon near the beach and there is only one way in or out so traffic gets pretty bad at certain times of the year. Dorms are limited and only for Freshmen so you will need to find an apartment after your first year. The cost of living in the area is very high (1800 + per month for a 1 bed apartment) and there are no apartments within 15+ minutes of the school. The unofficial dorms are the Club Laguna Apartments up the road from the school. Most of the students live there but I haven't had much experience with them.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload at least for the animation program is very heavy. Expect to have at least 2 hours of homework for every hour of class work. It would be nearly impossible to hold a job and go to school full time and expect to make good grades or produce good work. The teachers will push you very hard but it is all to prepare you for working in the industry. make sure you are willing to work hard and are passionate about this before you spend a lot of money to go to this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    LCAD has a great animation program with multiple Disney veterans heading the department who are not only experienced and talented but also genuinely passionate about preparing their students to become leaders in the industry. The teachers are all either working in the industry or have many years of experience working for the top names in the business. The school is based in a very traditional representational art and fundamental drawing skills so gear your portfolio to that. The administration doesn't seem to be on the same page as the teachers. The big things this school has going for it are the teachers, small class sizes , and the location. The admin seems to like to accept almost anyone into the school as long as they will pay tuition. This increases class size and gets people in who might not even care or have the passion that it takes to make it and that takes up teacher attention and resources. These people usually drop out in the first 2 years and accumulate tons of student debt and waste a lot of money (or their parents money). I have seen it happen to probably 30- 45% of the people I started with. So the administration is increasing the amount of students and workload on the teachers but not hiring any more teachers or increasing facilities and resources to accommodate them. This tends to make them clash with the teachers who look out for the best interests of the students and has caused all kinds of problems and drama. If they could get their act together or let the teachers participate in the admissions process the school would be much better.

    In three sentences

    Great location. Awesome teachers. Sub-par administration.