College Sophomore 2013-02-27T17:20:01Z
I came to cOllege of Visual Arts, because of the well thoughtout academic programs they hold for students to learn hands on and have more one on one time with the teachers. Also, to interact with the other students with group projects or individual projects, but getting goof quality feedback from your peers with the small class sizes.
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T17:10:53Z
I have received a good amount of financial aid, but it wasnt as easy as i thought. I was unaware of some of the papers that needed to be filed out that I did not know of. I would suggest more appointments be made with your financial aid counselor to make sure everything is in order.
College Sophomore 2013-02-27T17:07:46Z
There are many different options for dining in the area for all different people. There are gluten free friendly places, vegan friendly and much more that can accommodate your life of eating.
College Sophomore 2012-11-13T16:40:10Z
The diversity on campus has a great variety of diversity. All students are very acceptable of all the different diversities, many encourage even more diversity, because it gives an opportunity to expand our knowledge on the different diversities.
College Sophomore 2012-11-13T16:35:02Z
The drug scene is not big, it depends on who you hang out with. Most people know who does and who does not, but no one judges you on your decisions.
College Sophomore 2012-11-13T16:31:00Z
The Greek life is pretty low key, most people treat everyone equally without favoring a group over the other.
College Senior 2012-10-31T03:37:25Z
The neighborhood is full of scenic mansions and classic buildings with a handful of museums in the area. Shopping isn't bad, but this isn't exactly a shopping district. There are cultural events every month or so. All in all it's pretty nice, but there are semi-frequent muggings and break ins in the area
College Senior 2012-10-31T03:34:25Z
The computers are all kept updated with all applicable programs at all times, but the wireless is spotty in the main building, there's only one always available computer lab, and there's no color printing. As this is an art school the lack of color printing is a large problem
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-11T00:57:41Z
The only parking besides a small parking lot a few blocks away is in the street.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-11T00:56:55Z
There is only art. Nothing else is important.... But there is Illustration Club.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-11T00:55:30Z
Prepare Yourself – CVA is the introduction to the art world. You get hands on experience and knowledge, but if you are not committed and self-reliant, then you will fail. Art has to be a passion for you to making something of yourself. Art school is tough, and many drop out because they cannot take the work. The ones who graduate are ready for the art world and can take the challenge. CVA prepares you for the best and the worst.
College Junior 2011-11-16T13:05:46Z
The Study of Art – The first year of being a fine art student is tedious. It is mostly technical, learning form and technique. The workload does not give you a lot of time to work on your own art. I am looking forward to declaring my major and being able to create what I want to. I enjoy the art history classes, and am finding I have talent in other areas of art that I have not previously explored. My school has great connections with the Art community and several internship oportunities.
College Junior 2011-11-16T12:55:30Z
I have only been at the Coolege of Visual Arts one semester. The weather started out extremely hot in the early fall. But, I was able to get outside and explore the community and get my bearings which was nice. It snows a lot in Minnesota, and my apartment is 3 miles from campus, so that will probable make to some early rising mornings to shovel out and get to my 8 am class on time. But the bus stop is only a block from my apartment, so I can always hop on the bus.
College Junior 2011-11-16T12:46:35Z
Community Campus – My school does not have a conventional campus. It is in a historic community, which covers several blocks. There are historic Victorian homes, some of which house our classrooms and studios. There are shops, restaurants and other businesses. My schools studios have some of the best photographic equipment and instructors in the United States,which is why I choose it. The schools connections in the Art community, and access to the Art world are top notch. Our activities take us into the Art community to museums and art studios. We have classic architechure of the the City of St. Paul to draw inspiration from. The campus is a community which integrates it's students into the local community.
College Junior 2011-09-13T21:24:29Z
Guys & Girls:
Diversity on Campus – There are many types of students on campus. From very outwardly expressive and opinionated to quiet and withdrawn. All have there own way of expressing themselves through their art. Some dress expensively and some with an eclectic thrift store, kind of vintage flair. All are accepting of eachothers uniqueness.
College Junior 2011-09-13T21:18:24Z
Cultural Hub – The local atmosphere very diverse. There are people from all different backgrounds and ethnicities. It is a cultural hub of art and entertainment. There are lots of parks, museums, churches and clubs, where you can express yourself and explore new and exciting things.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T17:37:36Z
Health & Safety:
Safety in Groups – Dont walk alone in the dark, otherwise carry pepperspray on you and make sure nothing is in your purse when you throw it at the robber. Keep valubles at home and money in your pocket. But you can call the CVA security if you are unsure. They will take care of you and if your can needs a jump start.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T17:34:52Z
The profesors know their stuff, but they need to understand that each student is different. Its not that if they are the best, its if they grow in the process. Grading is tough and depends on the teacher.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T17:27:27Z
Check Out Ninas – Coffee shops around Summit are not just Starbucks. There is a community near the College of Visual arts that keep the local shops running and open. Ninas is pretty expensive but the atmosphere is great.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T22:37:17Z
We All Have Free Permits – But almost all of the parking is street parking.
I have never gotten a ticket ( thanks to the permits ) But sometimes the street parking is full and u have to walk further.
It is not an issue if you are 5 minutes early
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T22:34:19Z
Its Great – CVA has dances, events and a lot of things going on.
themed dances, Halloween parties and workshops to make valentines for retirement homes.
Students usually get together on their own and plan rides to go to restaurants or bars ( depends if everyone is of the legal age or not )
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T22:22:12Z
We Dont Have a Tranfortation – When we are required to attend an event we have to drive or find a ride.
Its not a big deal for me ( I have a car ) but it might bother other kids who cant find a ride or have to take public transportation ( which is so difficult to deal with)
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T22:17:40Z
Its Great – CVA is no drug school. I have never seen anyone doing drugs or drinking on campus.
Every students loves and respects the campus, we don't have any problems with drugs and alcohol.
And smokers always smoke in designated areas.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T22:14:50Z
We do have a club for people who like to bike, and do other activities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-20T16:51:16Z
The People and Location Make This School Great – Walking into the school's main building, a mansion located on Summit Avenue in St.Paul, you are overcome with a welcoming breath of air. Any staff you meet are completely insightful and understanding. Every teacher is so into whatever class they are teaching and it really shines through, in the activeness and commitment they all show. I like to believe that the air in St. Paul is light and fresh, which gives everyone an ease off of stress. I wouldn't change much at all about this school.
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