College Sophomore 2013-06-27T04:13:22Z
Directly across from campus are two off-campus apartment complexes. I personally haven't lived in either, but I've heard a couple students who have say that the rent is more expensive than what they think it should be, given that they are students who live less than 1 block from campus, and the apartment complexes advertise their housing especially towards us. In downtown and on the East Side of Portland, housing is pretty easy to find - it can just get pricey in certain neighborhoods. Commuting from the East Side (or from anywhere in Portland) isn't a problem since our public transportation system here, Tri-Met, is so fabulous and offers several modes of transportation and locations.
College Sophomore 2013-06-27T04:06:18Z
There isn't any Greek life present on campus. Since our college is an art school, there aren't any kinds of sororities or fraternities on campus, although that doesn't mean that the students don't form close bonds with one another.
College Junior 2013-02-05T02:43:48Z
I'm a photography major and have been very happy with the program. I've learned a wide range of information and techniques whether I'm working with film and printing in the darkroom or in the digital lab and using state of the art printers. I've been really happy with the instructors as well. They care a lot about the students, show a lot of interest in subjects, and overall want to see people grow and succeed. The photography department is great.
College Junior 2013-02-05T02:40:30Z
Health & Safety:
There isn't any security on campus, but theft is rare and the campus feels very safe.
College Junior 2013-02-05T02:39:18Z
This school works hard at being there for students when they need help whether it's academically, financially, or personally. It is a very small school, less than 150 students and that sometimes makes it hard to have official records and enough money to pay additional people who can help find information for you. But, regardless of that, the facilities are great, the education is awesome, the teachers are exceptional, and the overall experience and education is phenomenal which is really important. If you want to pursue a degree in art and craft, come here.
College Sophomore 2013-02-03T04:52:57Z
I have seen one of every lifestyle, orientation, religion, race, one of everything on campus. After the first semester you just don't notice anymore because no one else does either. It's just the crowd you have, not a stand out thing. In many ways our average is made up of the extraordinary, so how can it be unusual?
College Sophomore 2013-02-03T04:48:30Z
There is a cafe on campus that only takes cash or dining plans, and two health food vending machines. The food is good and brings in out side traffic but not terribly convenient as it is a set timed serving that may not let you get hot food between classes.
College Sophomore 2013-02-03T04:45:56Z
The computers them selves are good and plentiful for the size of the student body. Getting any help is more difficult. The digital tools class is for upper classmen and the tech department is one guy that I can never find when I am looking for him. Printing is easy and fast, wireless coverage is campus wide and high speed. Overall the set up is up to date and well thought out.
College Junior 2013-01-03T01:18:15Z
We are all there to grow in our art and grow together. Ethnicity has no role in acceptance.
College Junior 2013-01-03T01:13:49Z
We are all fortunate enough to have Tri Met transportation passes included in our tuition. Taking the bus or train is the most effective means of transportation, especially because it is a step in the right direction for a healthier planet. Anywhere you need to go you can take the bus, i swear if you wanted to get to jupiter, our transportation system could get you there.
College Junior 2013-01-03T01:08:47Z
Living in Portland is like living in a dream realm. There are mystical mountains all around, ancient forests so beautiful you don't ever want to leave, and of course the ocean. For me personally, those are my main appeals, but living in Oregon we all seem to share an understanding that we are fortunate to be with the land that we inhabit. Portland is where the dreamers truly are.
College Junior 2013-01-03T01:03:38Z
Portland is the land of liberation. We all have this feeling of being able to do whatever we think possible and be whoever we genuinely are. That being said ethnicity doesn't affect the social atmosphere on campus.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T07:13:24Z
There aren't a lot of computers on campus, perhaps 30 total, but at the same time the student body is about 200. It is fairly easy to find an available computer and seeing as it is an art school, printing on campus is a breeze (we even have the option of printing in color! Oh boy!) WiFi and internet access are available as well with good to reasonable speed, and the computers are definitely up-to-date. The need for a personal computer is low since there are no graphic designers at this college - it focuses only on traditional arts - and there are enough computers on campus so that I don't have to worry about not being able to type an essay or critique.
College Senior 2012-11-08T01:35:02Z
It's generally pretty easy to find off-campus housing between the bulletin board on campus, the email network for the school, and websites such as craigslist. Portland is a relatively affordable city (rent with a roommate ranges from $200-500), but it's often most student will live in the SE of NE areas of Portland since the rent gets significantly cheaper on the other side of the river. The NW and SW (city side) are harder pressed for available real estate and you pay for the convenience of being in the heart of downtown. Not many choose this option.
If you elect to live close by campus you forfeit living at the bottom of the hill (city-life) and things become somber in the suburbs quickly if you have no vehicle. Only one bus runs by the school so there is a great deal of consternation with the car-less students to find a place that will be the fewest transfers. The public transportation in Portland is amazingly excellent, but it is always better to have fewer transfers when you are carrying art supplies etc in the rain.
College Senior 2012-11-08T01:24:00Z
Excellent facilities. All of the instructors are professionals in their fields, and even have exhibits in the Portland Art Museum. The buildings themselves are old and in need of remodeling, but the materials and tools within the departments are fantastic. The drawing/photography studio building is the newest addition to the campus and it is very state of the art with pull away walls, digital labs and darkrooms, and lockers the size of small studios.
Also, the instructors are very experienced in the use of the tools and beyond what is available on campus and are always willing to assist you with whatever you are working on, or steer you in the direction of the proper items (sometimes literally) you need to realize your goals.
College Senior 2012-11-08T01:18:09Z
Guys & Girls:
while some student's are fans of the hipster/Buffalo Exchange style of dress, fashion is not a big motivator at this school. Most of the student free time is spent in the studio, so a lot of practical clothing is worn on campus (for safety in the wood shop, or to paint/print/etc). The community on campus is very small so if there is a relationship between students and it ends, everyone and their mother knows about it. In general, there's not a huge draw towards inter-student romances. A lot of the long-term ones started before attending the college.
College Senior 2012-11-08T01:05:51Z
The campus just far away enough from downtown Portland to be inconvenient to go partying on the fly. The underage students don't have many options for going out in town and usually stay in the suburbs of Beaverton, or go to a house party in a different part of Portland. Definitely no on-campus party scene.
College Junior 2012-10-16T04:47:49Z
Health & Safety:
Safety with the equipment and tools is a big deal. Each department has special equipment-specific handbooks that you sign and return )with your insurance info and standard emergency procedures) that they keep on site.
In the more dangerous departments (metals, woods) it is required to have a "buddy" there in case you hurt yourself, there is always someone to call for help.
As far as campus safety, I would say it is very safe. There is a security guard but I don't often see him until after midnight when he comes around to lock all the open studios. We are a small school kind of tucked away in the hills so random campus terrorism doesn't seem to be problem, and I think in general we all keep an eye out for each other. I haven't heard of any date rape situations or scary things happening at all, and in a small school you know people would gossip like crazy if that sort of thing happened!
College Junior 2012-10-16T04:41:37Z
You basically just submit your portfolio and transcripts with your application, and your area of interest for your concentration. I believe it is fairly easy to change your major if you decide lter you're not as into photography as you though you'd be, or if you find a new love in ceramics.
It is a small school so they only select the most qualified applicants, but I think it also depends on availability. Some departments can accommodate 40 new students, while others only 9 or 13 incoming freshmen.
My best advice is to take your portfolio (original works) with you to open house for a pre-submission portfolio review. The reviewers give great feedback on what they like to see represented, what doesn't work very well for admission decisions (no anime!), and offers a chance for them to get to know you a little bit. I don't know if personality makes a big difference when they make their final decisions, but if you come in seeming excited, open and earnest it is way better than being all weird and defensive as they review your work.
I was really nervous for the review but I got valuable information about what to submit and what to omit from my portfolio. Everyone was really encouraging at the open house and I was impressed that they remembered my name and who I was even weeks after the open house.
College Junior 2012-10-16T04:28:26Z
While the different departments seem well very equipped, the buildings themselves are badly in need of upgrading. There is one beautiful new building on campus, but unless you are in the Drawing/Painting/Photography department you won't get to benefit from it.
I also am not sure how you would ever get around campus on crutches or in a wheelchair, as there are steep gravel paths between buildings. I wish it was more accessible.
The programs are great though, and though course offerings are somewhat limited, there are enough interesting classes that I want to take! The academic advisors are the department heads, which I think is great. The department head for my concentration knows me, my schedule, and if it is going to be a reasonable workload when we look at choosing classes for next term. There is a lot of one-on-one attention and small class sizes, For hands-on work this is the way it absolutely should be!
It's a small school with a heart of gold, as they say.
College Junior 2012-10-16T04:19:42Z
There is a small computer lab, but it only has Apple computers. Most are relatively new, but for PC-lovers it's a bust! The photography department also has a number of computers but I assume it is only for photo students or those taking the "digital skills" classes.
While the lab is small I've always been able to find an open computer. Another perk: free b+w printing and a limited number of free color printouts every month.
College Sophomore 2012-10-10T03:42:14Z
Very limited options although decent food it is expensive for what you get
College Sophomore 2012-10-10T03:37:26Z
There is no apparent use on campus and it is not a topic of regular discussion.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-30T01:51:07Z
"Grey Gables" – It is mostly grey, overcast or raining but it is Oregon.
College Senior 2012-05-17T03:57:05Z
The Oregon College of Art and Craft never has had a greek life, and I believe never will.
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