Art School Stereotypes I’ve observed*
- N e r d s
- Unhealthily obsessed with video games, anime, Disney, or some sick combination of the three
- One of the most sleep-deprived majors, but also surprisingly chipper (there are exceptions)
- Instantly recognizable by their triforce t-shirts or Pokemon Go snapbacks
- In spite of everything, they have the highest population of straight-edge asexuals
- If you weren’t straight edge and celibate before, then prepare to be, because you’re about to disown all bodily urges and dedicate your life to drawing cartoon animals
- Like Animation majors, but cooler and much better taste in fashion. A little less tech-savvy, though
- Comic book nerds
Painting & Drawing
- A friend of mine once said, “People who love animation go into animation. Then they realize it’s a ton of work and switch to illustration. Then they realize THAT’S a ton of work and switch into Painting & Drawing.”
- Highest percentage of colorful hair and weird tattoos/piercings
- Listen to music you’ve never heard of
- Smoke a LOT, asthmatics beware
- Kinda stereotypical stoners or high level artsy kids, but not that pretentious
- Somehow even more conceptual and indie than P&D
- Behind the ceramics building, there’s a sculpture garden of all the sculptures of students past. Every night, the campus closes at 4AM. They say it’s for security, but I say it’s because the sculptures all come to life at that point. I mean, think about it. The whole “spooky midnight hour” is so cliche, I don’t know anyone who DOESN’T stay up till midnight at least once a week. But 4AM? That’s the true witching hour. The hour that belongs only to the living sculptures (and architecture majors I guess)
- Frankly, the least hygienic major
- All the males and most of the females have a rank odor after being sweatily hunched over the steaming hot forges for too long
- Might be stoners, but the chill, easy-to-hang-out-with stoners
- Probably the most like a real family. I always walk by the Glass Studio at night and feel the breeze of warm air from their fire, catch a riff of tasteful classic rock, and hear the echoes of genuine laughter from within. It must be nice to have a home.
- I dunno, I’ve never met one. They put on some sick gallery shows, though.
- In spite of Graphic Design as an art not being super emotional or indie compared to, say, Painting, the GD majors are probably some of the most tortured souls I’ve met
- I used to be best friends/date a GD major and watched before my eyes as she was crushed by the world around her from Freshman to Junior year. Honestly I’m not sure if she still goes here. We don’t talk anymore, it’s too painful. I miss her, or rather, I miss the person she used to be. The person she used to be before Graphic Design.
- I’m now roommates with a poor little GD Freshman, and I worry about her every day. Not as a lover like with the last one, but as a parent. What will happen to her? How long will she last? Cheyenne, if you’re reading this, run away while you still can.
- Gets excited about fonts and kerning.
- I don’t really know what kerning is.
- Outdoorsy and nature loving hippies
- The chillest major, I envy them
- Photography IS hard work, don’t get me wrong, but come ON! You travel to a beautiful mountain spring, snap a few pictures, and call it a day
- Never need to pull all-nighters
- Seriously, I deeply respect Photography as an art and all BUT
- Some of them are also outdoorsy and nature loving hippies, the rest are hipSTERS
- “I don’t watch ‘movies.’ I watch Films.”
- Apparently they have something of a drug problem, i.e., half the class comes in stoned
- My friend Chris said one of the film teachers plays Porno he made in class, I’m not sure if he was messing with me or not
- Oh boy, Architecture
- The coldest hearts of any major
- The only nice Architecture majors are the first years. After that last final, something inside of them breaks. At that point they either crawl to a different major in submission, or become as sharp, straight, and lifeless as the buildings which they spend so much time designing
- They literally do not sleep
- Seriously, I was pulling an all-nighter last week (since the Architecture place is the only place open 24/7) and I swear to god there was an entire CLASSFULL of the Architects up and jamming from 10pm to 7am. I tried to sleep, but the Architecture majors just wouldn’t quit. Also, it was so cold there. So cold. Cold from the hearts of fifth-year Architects. I’m bringing my winter backpacking sleeping bag next time.
- Mostly foreign exchange students, especially Chinese, Indian, and Korean
- I don’t speak Chinese, Indian, OR Korean so I can’t say much else
- Vaguely like Architecture majors, only they appear to have a normal spectrum of human emotions
- What is Interactive Design? Honestly I don’t really know. Like making Apps or some shmuck.
- Graphic Designers who love themselves
- Mostly female
- Obviously they’re very very VERY nicely dressed
- Calm, confident, but also have fun sides
- Most of the textiles students I’ve met are just stop-motion loving Animators
- I think the ones that aren’t are probably like grandmas that love knitting or something
- Honestly I didn’t know this was a major until like last semester
- The only furniture major I’ve met was this Norwegian dude who looked like a greek god
- We were once assigned to do a group project together but then he blew me off to go surfing so I had to do it myself. Seriously? Surfing???? Like I’d be mad but that’s a cool reason to blow someone off. Hell, I’d blow people off surfing if I had the easy life of a non-animation-major
- “We have a writing program?”
- They’re cool though
- Get really excited about books. I’ve read only about three or four books so I kind of just smile and nod while they talk
- Seem genuinely interested in other people’s stories
- I’m not entirely sure what this is
- Passionate about social justice and teamwork
Disclaimer: No offense to any of them (except architecture majors)
*At California College of the Arts from my relativley limited perspective as an animation major who frankly has only had minimal interactions with the others