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Montserrat College of Art Reviews

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  • 05/09/2011

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

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artists that are actually a bit more normal. I noticed that at some other art colleges, many students seemed to be trying to out-wierd each other.

    Bang for the buck

    Montserrat is one of the least expensive schools that I had looked at, and had the best programs, atmosphere, and housing of the many colleges I visited.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am very excited to be going to Montserrat in the fall, the campus is nice, as well as the friendly people I met when I visited.

    Will learn a lot

    I think this school has a lot to offer the artistic mind.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Photography, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Art Education, Book binding, Letterpress and many more I can not think of at the moment. If you need additional information, check out the schools home page. www.montserrat.edu

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and take a tour. If you are interested in the Art, I am sure you will love what you see! The first time I came to the school, I took a deep breath and just KNEW I was home.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Montserrat is tough on the wallet, I must say that it is worth every penny. The Writing Center has wonderful Tutors that are available to all students on any and every topic. Tutors alone can be a hefty price if paid elsewhere. It was wonderful to see that the staff and faculty take the time to not only get to know you but remember you as well. I could not ask for a better educational institution for me.

    Am enjoying being here

    Summers seem long as well as winters when you have a place like Montserrat. Everyone who knows who I am knows that I love coming to this school. I can't imagine how I will feel when I become a Senior.

    Am learning a lot

    This school has a number of recognized and artistic instructors which make learning more fun. The instructors have great insight on the type of work students create and great criticism.

  • 05/05/2012

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24/7 security staff, that you can call at any time for any reason what so ever. The campus is really safe, but even if you feel a bit nervous about walking from the school building to your dorm later at night, they are required to walk you if you request it. All dorms are no more than a block away from the main building so even then it's nothing to worry about.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many since the school is small, but they're all interesting and well taken care of.

    Great for these types of students

    People more interested in focusing on art rather than a rounded education.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit overpriced at first glance, but between all the scholarships they provide and financial aid they assist you with, a rather reasonable school for the prices.

    What to do for fun

    Beach, mall not too far(need a car though, you can walk to the beach though). There are cafes and bars and essentially it's a small town community.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent cafes and restaurant near by. A stop&shop within a mile.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms. Spacious and are essentially legitimate houses; with roommates. Full kitchen, which means no cafeteria, but it's great to get used to living independently rather than depending on a meal plan. Everything is within walking distance of the dorms, so food shopping isn't hard and there is even a lovely beach a few blocks away.

    Academic Rigor

    Very important to stay up on assignments and classes. The studio hours are long and there are a few a week. Good for students who can sit down and paint for hours, otherwise if you can't sit still and work, the time will drag on for a very long time.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a BFA program, meaning you spend more time focusing on your art, rather than rounded studies. Require very little to no humanities or other classes apart from studios. Very important to be motivated to focus on art and not just doodle through.

    In three sentences

    A small cozy school for students interested in learning any form of art. Based more on classical art than digital, but offer excellent programs in both, simply have more in fine arts. Very supportive staff and friendly environment.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security guards are present and accessible, and are prepared to handle every emergency- from small scuffles, to car troubles, to physical injury, to dire safety issues such as, say, a particularly wild student.

    Clubs and Activities

    We've got a few clubs going, run by Montserrat Students. They are cozy and fun, and meet after hours in the main building to enjoy the space and quiet. It's even okay to get a little noisy - as long as all the classes for the day are done!

    What to do for fun

    We're a train-ride away from Boston - a great place to enjoy cultural entertainment. There isn't a lot to do in Beverly except go out, eat, watch a movie at the Cabot Cinema, maybe go to the mall in Danvers. But within the school, there are a few clubs run by students that meet on weekdays and weekends - typically once a week. A great gathering opportunity to meet people and relax with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of really nice places to go out and eat. We have food plans, but they aren't typical - rather they focus on eateries in the area and give student discounts on food - since we don't have a cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Our dorms are NOT closet-sized rooms. They are APARTMENTS! They are designed to help you feel like you're actually living on your own and taking responsibility for yourself. Not to mention it it spacious and comfortable. There are plenty of eateries around, Stop&Shop is very close, and RA's (student residence assistants) are very informative and approachable.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are sometimes very lenient with workload and grading - which isn't very good if you're looking for an honest assessment of your artistic ability. So you have to work hard and talk with your professors to get the most out of your education. The more work and effort you put into something, the better your grade - and personal experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for internships early. When you're looking to become an artist, internships for professions like this are hard to find if you start out late - or don't know where to look. Start looking soon after you start school!

    In three sentences

    I'd give it an A+, BUT I can't say Montserrat is perfect- It's an established school with a good curriculum, but it isn't as intense as an art school should be, in comparison to RISD. I still struggle with basic techniques that should have been reinforced since Freshmen/Sophomore year. But, Professors are easy to talk to and are fantastic resources - if you ask for it.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always available to students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large variety of clubs you can join, but if you can't find the one you have in mind you can start your own!

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of places within walking distance, like movie theaters, cafes, shops, and a beach a couple of blocks away. The train station is also near by, in case you wanted to take a trip to Boston or Salem.

    Food and Dining

    Montserrat does not have a cafeteria. Students need to either cook for themselves or go to a local restaurant, which there are a lot of in Beverly. I actually like being able to cook my own meals, so I don't mind not having a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are usually comfortable and even have a full kitchen to be shared between house-mates.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes push you to try new things and take risks. There is a lot of art to do, but not much related to math or science.

    Tips for prospective students

    Montserrat is a great school if you are dedicated to visual arts. Also, I would recommend bringing a bike since freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus.

    In three sentences

    Montserrat is dedicated to seeing their students succeed during school and after graduation. There are a variety of classes and majors to focus on and plenty of real world connections students can make by talking to and working with professional artists. Being a small school, it is a very supportive environment for students.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security round the clock, you can even call them to walk you home if you need it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Very student driven. If you want it, make it happen!

    Great for these types of students

    Self Motivated!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two drag shows yearly, be prepared! (and have lots of fun)

    Bang for the buck

    If YOU are willing to put in the extra effort, work hard, and get to know your teachers they will be able to offer you more.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out at the beach, beautiful Lynch park. Multiple local malls, a roller rink, bowling alley, and movie theater if you drive or are willing to bus it. Weekly Thursday events at the school.

    Food and Dining

    Pricey downtown eating, Stop and Shop nearby. Hope you have a friend with a car to go to Market Basket.

    Dorm Life

    Apartment style living is great, but there's no cafeteria. You have to be able to cook for yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent electives, but the core classes aren't all wonderful. I enjoy the Art History classes, but the science core is lacking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always work hard, push yourself even if you're not sure it's within your comfort zone. Make sure you give your all. Also, know your way around financial aid, and be prepared to figure it out yourself.

    In three sentences

    Montserrat has a great community feel in terms of teachers and other students. However, the business side of the school still has some kinks to work out. It's great to be here, but sometimes the administration can be a pain.