Cappex.com - College search made simple.
Dismiss notification

Interested in this school?

Please type at least the first 4 letters of the school name.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Reviews

Check out reviews left by other students or leave your own review. You could win a free scholarship.

Add your Review
  • 09/14/2017

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is an incredibly small, safe school in a very quiet area.

    Greek Life

    No sororities/ frats

    Clubs and Activities

    -See "What to do for fun." -Found any club you want, there are different ones each year. Currently we have a Movie Night and a Ukulele club, amongst others.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for: -good teachers in a small school -a strong foundation (classically taught) base -a very inclusive and welcoming school -good scholarship to price ratio, esp. for art school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have 2 galleries on campus, both that host student shows. There's a sculpture garden next door that's nice to go through, a grocery store within walking distance, and a couple other little food shops. All of these are shown on the current tour, and if you show your student ID there's usually a discount for Lyme students.

    Bang for the buck

    -about 40K a year (tuition + fees + supplies + 7K room) -GREAT professors, with a class cap of [20] -big scholarships (up to about 20K/ yr, for Academic and Portfolio scholarships together) -average scholarships around 14-18K/ yr -a very inclusive school.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in the school activities- it's a great way to meet other students and you will get burned out if your work, hobbies, and social activities are all art based. If you want to work, there are many opportunities at the school, paid internships, and local stores love to hire Lyme students.

    Food and Dining

    Our cafe has a great chef, who makes restaurant- quality food. If you have any food restrictions at all, they will cater to you. The food's a bit pricey but it's high quality, and there are different types of meal plans available. Most people bike to the grocery store down the street and cook at home, since the dorms are furnished with a full kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing! For the price of a normal dorm [currently +7K a year], the school set you up in a great house, and pay for utilities. Freshmen are in beautiful [new] 2 story townhouses across the street, and sophomores are a town over in [the newly built, 2017] Post and Main Apartments. Many upperclassmen live off-campus, as there are so many beach houses for academic rental about 20 minutes away (see website: Shore and Country).

    Academic Rigor

    This school is highly focused on art- the core classes are extremely easy and usually taught in a way to apply it to art. (i.e., Physics= the physics of light & color). There are only enough core classes to ensure the college is accredited. However the school did just merge with UNH, so if you'd like more challenging classes you can make the (45min) drive to New Haven or take them online. On the other hand, the studio and hybrid art/academic classes (Modern Art History, Perspective or Human Anatomy) can be rigorous. These are not classes the typical freshman takes, even studio classes freshman year are not very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the small school! Internships are also not as competitive because of the school size, and are [currently] paid through the school. KNOW that the numbers on the school size on most websites are not up to date; after merging with UNH our student body is at about 40/50 per graduating class.

    In three sentences

    A small, inclusive art school in quiet Old Lyme. Full of opportunities such as paid internships, local jobs, lectures from visiting artists, and many gallery shows. Great professors who are not too stretched over large classes (cap at 20).

  • 12/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The college is located in old Lyme, Connecticut which has a crime rate that's less than 0%. Security guards walk around the school until 2am. No student has seriously injured themselves on any artist, wood shop, or kitchen equipment.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody from any age can attend this college and that makes learning so much more interesting. Anybody interested in painting, sculpting, drawing, or illustration should definitely attend this college. Even those who know nothing about art can learn and do and improve incredibly in just one semester.

    What to do for fun

    There are more than enough activities to do at this school! Every Thursday a visiting artist comes during lunch to present their works and backgrounds. Saturdays there are free figure drawing classes. Sometimes game and movie nights are scheduled on Fridays. On warmer days, the school gets together at the Florence Griswold Museum for ice cream. There is a schedule written on a white board in the Commons for everyone to keep updated.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is run by students as well as a friendly chef. The food is vegetarian, gluten, anti-diary, and vegan friendly every day. The wait for an order doesn't take long, and the prices are reasonable. The best place to hang out and eat is in the Commons room which has tables, chairs, couches, a ping pong table, a piano, and a large flat screen TV.

    Dorm Life

    The townhouses are directly across the street and were made in 2012, so they're very new and very spacious. It's perfect for those who don't have a car to drive, because the walk to the school takes about six minutes. It's almost useless to drive! The best thing about these townhouses is the fact that they cause students to get together and visit each other which makes finding friends quicker and easier. If anybody needed help with cooking, or had to borrow a vacuum, a friendly classmate is literally right next door.

    Academic Rigor

    There is so much to learn, and this college teaches everything about art from techniques, to history. It's surprising to see how much someone can do and how much they improve in just one semester. It's more than exciting to learn new techniques as well as basic teachings and understand how it helps with what your intended major is. The students take the learning and their art very seriously, which provides a comfortable learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everybody has come from a different high school that has taught a lot more or a lot less art classes, so don't be intimidated if a classmate seems to know more in art. Always be updated on when gallery and student shows happen; the most important thing any art student could do is submit art for these shows. Be confident, never conceited. Be ready to explain your ideas at any given time, don't create anything you wouldn't want to talk about. Please participate during critiques; this will give you a better grade as well as confidence to speak your mind for the future.

    In three sentences

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a very small and intimate school, which provides exceptional teaching skills in every artistic form to help understand art in every way. This college teaches so much in any artistic subject in such a small amount of time without putting anyone behind. The students at the Lyme Academy are very friendly and helpful, especially with criticisms which makes it easier to improve.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Lyme's campus is almost too safe. If you are looking for a little gang violence you might want to to attend a different school.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent

    Clubs and Activities

    Regular trips to NYC and Boston are a lot of fun, but be aware that most activities are student led.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with an interest in visual art particularly figurative art or art that involves the human figure. Long, work intensive studio classes will direct the less passionate elsewhere!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Thanksgiving Potluck, Spring Fling, Krieble Library, and the Brundage Commons

    Bang for the buck

    Tiny class sizes, a lot of 1 on 1 attention, and amazing curriculum if you know you love figurative art/studio art. Comparable to the NY Academy of Art only this is a BFA program.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of unorganized student events, but there is little to do in terms of clubs, student government, and the like. Outdoor activities are an option, but most fun things are organized independently of the college. Stay in touch with your peers and you will be fine! If you are a shy person also know that the college has regular trips to NYC and Boston to view art galleries and city happenings.

    Food and Dining

    Lyme has a wonderful school cafeteria that serves up gourmet and specialty/ethnic dishes regularly. They have a if you don't like what you see, then ask! policy.

    Dorm Life

    The college is currently building a dorm, but there is no Dorm Life. I live at a rental home and enjoy being with my roommates, but this is not the typical college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Lyme has some pretty work intensive classes- many studio art classes involve a lot of projects and can last up to six hours. The academic classes at Lyme shouldn't be taken lightly either. If you think that art school should be a cakewalk then look elsewhere! This school is for committed art students. Never forget that your teachers are here to provide assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a portfolio that shows you enjoy the human figure/anatomical studies. You might want to have to have some figure drawings and portrait studies in your portfolio for the faculty to see.

    In three sentences

    This school provides you with a classical background in art, but is very integrated with contemporary working artists. If you are looking for an undergraduate art program and enjoy making figurative artwork there is no better place to be! The sculpture program is especially unique.