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I notice no one has posted in here for ages, but...
I am applying to MCA for Fall 07 and I was just wondering if anyone could tell me anytinhg about the college that isn't really in the viewbook? I won't be able to visit, so I just want to get a student perspective. I'm going to be a photography major. Mostly I want to know things about the social aspect of the school (how the student body gets along, is it easy to make friends, are people cliquish, is this a "party school") how the professors are, and how is the workload? Oh! and is there a cafeteria, the viewbook was kind of ambiguous? It said something about a cafe I think. If there is, are there a lot of (vegetarian) options? Sorry for all the questions but thanks in advance for any answers.


Photo dept. is purty good from what I can tell, but I've only had one class and not with the new Anne. Haley is wonderful, though! The body can be clique-ish, but I talked to nearly everyone when I was there (technically, I'm still there hahaha). You'll probably make a ton of friends, people have parties but I never went to a lot of them. The workload can be overwhelming, but it depends on what classes you are taking and how good you are at managing time. Either way, the workload is a lot.

There is a cafe, but the veg options kinda suck. There is always an option, but our cafe is really small. There are handful of veg friendly places to eat in the area, as well.

The school has a ton of events and opportunities for you to visit, plus you can set up a tour really easily. If possible, do stop by and visit.
I agree with everything jim_duong said. I will add that the photo dept. is continuously improving and your privileges increase as your skill level rises. Some of these privileges include using the advanced darkroom, the lighting studio, using medium and large format cameras, etc. Haley is indeed wonderful, and so is Anne.
the school is very cliq-ish. i didn't fit into any of the cliqs, there is no where for me. i am unusual in looks, music, beliefs.

if you want to work hard, take a David Chioffi design class. i never did but i knew tons of people who did and they worked all night-nights.

the cafe serves good food but not worth the price. i ate there once and that was my first day of class in august 2001 (i graduated in dec 2005).

the school is small in size but growing, around 400 kids go. you'll meet a lot of different people. and you'll be able to make friends quick.

the staff are nice and willing to help with anything. just ask.

the school does a lot: openings, movie nights, talent shows (i won my last semester), bowling night, skate night, laser tag night. etc.

its a good school. i don't regret my time there even though i am going to do something totally different from what i got my degree in but it is a very good school.

you'll love it!!!
It's a good school. Prepare to work your ass to the ground. The cafe is all right - the food could be better. There are lots of food places around the area so you'll have no problem getting something during lunch hour. The school is known for its great design program. The housing is nice - I recommend living at Metz, which is where I lived for a year. The staff is wonderful. Once every couple of months, students get a free dinner night from the school. Parking is abundant. Some kids smell but you get used to that.
Thanks, this has been really helpful. It sounds like the worst thing is the food, which doesn't even sound that bad. Really, thanks!


memphis college of art

Hello I attended memphis college of art from fall 01-fall 05. I have to say that that school is probably one of the worst art schools you could attend. There is no inspiration, the professors are not interested in thier jobs, students or ART. I was a great student and worked very hard, I graduated with honors and still I feel that my education is very weak. The student body is not an outgoing one, and by no means is it a "party school". I would highly suggest you take some time off and find a school in a city with a strong art community. Memphis has the worst art scene in the country. In fact there is no art scene. The racial tension in midtown is so strong it is unbelievable. Everyone is ignorant and self centered. Also one thing to know is that they give EVERYONE a scholorship. Every single person I knew in that school had a scholorship. That is how they get people to go there. Dont waist your time and money going there. You will hate the city and your expensive education will be poor at best.
I feel I waisted ALOT of money and the best years of my life in that city and school. Dont make the same mistrake I made. I would suggest you consider a school in a city that has a strong art community like NY, Chicago, San Francisco, or L.A.
You love art right? Go somewhere that your love will be nurtured.


I took a class at memphis college of art last semester and know a lot of people who are going to school there right now. Memphis DOES have an art community, and it's bigger than you would think, although nowhere in comparison to a city like new york, but I think that makes it more personal. Midtown is a great part of the city to be in too, especially for the kind of offbeat art and music scene. There are a lot of great restaurants too. Although there is a lot of racial tension in Memphis, I would say that midtown is one of the areas with the least amount of tension, especially MCA where everyone is generally open-minded and accepting. That was one thing that I noticed right away that everyone was really friendly and sociable. The cafe at MCA is pretty good, and pretty well priced compared to most college cafaterias. As far as teachers go, it leans one way or the other. There are some really great teachers at MCA and then there are some who are generally apathetic about their jobs and the students, making a lot of the students apathetic about their work. Like any other school it has its ups and downs but I think its really up to you to make what you want out of your experience, wherever you go.


the staff is dope. the kids are all easy going folks that are extremely easy to get along with and yes there is a fat ass cafe. Great photography teachers and you should definately check out the film classes.

February 2007

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