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Oregon College of Art and Craft Reviews

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  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who like to get to know everyone. You will not be able to hide at this school. This school is small, close knit community that offers hands on learning and teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should apply as soon as you can! If you aren't sure about the school you should call the admissions crew and they'll help you answer any question that you may have. There are also daily campus tours available that are given by current students. My advice is to apply because they will do anything they can to help you (the student) fund your education. This school is unlike any other!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition seems very pricey but you are receiving top notch, hands on education. All of the professors here are renowned in the subject that they teach and there will be no disappointments. There are a lot of options in regards to scholarships as well. This school offers a large number of need based and merit based scholarships of varying amounts for special applicants.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school is on the 20 bus line and is just minutes from Portland. I love the mix of the secluded studio spaces and the large city feel that you can receive almost instantly. I also love the small campus size because I feel like less of a number and more like a real person to the college. I know all of the staff and they know me!

    Am learning a lot

    The course rigor at this school is unlike any other. I was pleasantly surprised by the foundations program and concentration program. This college offers hands on learning in your craft field of choice while also allowing you to reach into other mediums to try new art forms. The interdisciplinary program offered here is reason enough to attend!

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Take the bus down the hill. Go downtown. Hike around Washington Park. See art in the Pearl district and Old Town.

    Food and Dining

    No gross cafeteria food here. Just a great family-owned cafe--The Hands-0n Cafe. They serve lunch and dinner to the public and offer discounted meals for students. Menu changes daily.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. Just 2 houses on campus. Only a few students live there. Very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a school for serious art students. Be prepared to spend long hours in the studio.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to succeed here, you will spend most of your waking hours on campus. Fortunately it's such a great community that you will like being here all the time. Everyone is approachable and willing to help.

    In three sentences

    This is THE most special place in all of Portland. Great faculty, staff and students. Great art, wonderful community, beautiful campus.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Small school. Horrible lighting on campus at night, but the campus is in the middle of a pretty nice neighborhood. I've heard of car break-ins once a year or so, but definitely no violence to speak of. People are pretty trusting on campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Knitting club. Yoga once or twice a week. Student Services's activities and parties sometimes yield 30 people.... at most.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Art instillations pop up randomly around the term, and will sometimes get in your way, or cause you to stop and think. I find them to be funny, charming, and interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an art school, so you're still going to have to pay a lot. But hey, at least it's not an Art Institute.

    What to do for fun

    Basically, nothing on campus. Go into Portland, and there's lots to do there.

    Food and Dining

    The Hands-On Cafe is DELICIOUS if you can afford it. It serves good-for-you, local food.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. On-campus housing seems alright.

    Academic Rigor

    I find some of the academic classes to be FULL of readings that I don't think most people do. Essays, tests, and projects for academic classes are mild to moderate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out-of school activities to do in Portland. Don't be a giant hipster. Don't start smoking because everyone else does.

    In three sentences

    Wonderful, intimate school that values quality and craftsmanship as well as concept in art. Experienced, intelligent, and understanding teachers teach small classes with lots of hands-on and project-based learning in studios.

  • 12/25/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    perfecting my drawing skills

    Tips for prospective students

    being hardworking

    Bang for the buck

    extremely

    Will enjoy being here

    more than enjoy

    Will learn a lot

    so much

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I spend time with friends and family.

    Food and Dining

    They have a cafe connected and they make their own food (it's awesome food!). The people at the cafe are really nice to students and will try to work with you. You can get meal tickets via tuition.

    Dorm Life

    I do not have a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't really taken any Academics here because I took most of mine in Community, but I did take an Art history class and you had to read the assignments plus listen to lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though this school is a tad cheaper than most craft schools, you are still looking to spend a good amount of money. So make sure that this is what you truly want.

    In three sentences

    This college is a challenge, which is a really great thing. They really help focus your mind on what's truly important. They also help get you ready for what it is that you are wanting to accomplish.

  • 05/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Just go and explore the Portland area! The more you explore, the more fun you have, the more friends you meet, and most importantly all the memories that you will make!

    Food and Dining

    I have not had much of the food on campus but from what I hear, it is some of the best food!

    Dorm Life

    I didn't have the best roommate, plus my room was probably the smallest room of all and sharing it with a disgustingly messy person didn't help. Over all though, the houses were cute and right next to the houses. I wish that the school did more house checks by surprise though, to keep everyone doing their chores!

    Academic Rigor

    OCAC is always pushing you in all your classes to do the best that you can do. It may seem hard at times but it is always to make you a better artist!

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is perfect for anyone who loves art. There are many different types of classes to take and learn from. When declaring a concentration with the school, keep your mind open to all the possibilities you have! You can always switch later, but it is good to have an open mind when it comes to your art.

    In three sentences

    OCAC helps students create artwork that is outstanding. They help you find ways to further your future with art. They also have the best art studios I have ever seen!