ASU has not been mentioned on this particular board, because its art school is not known as one of this university's strengths. That being said, ASU's art major is a fairly decent program and is probably no worse than the art program at most public universities. It is definitely not in the same category as UCLA or Art Center. (I personally don't know much about either Otis or SCAD.) In other words, ASU has a "normal" college atmosphere because it is a "normal" college that happens to have some art majors, but ASU's program does not have the strong focus and specialized facilities that pure "art schools" would have.
You do understand that you will not be applying directly to the Intermedia major, don't you? That major is upper division only at ASU. Since you are only a freshman now, you will be applying to ASU as an art exploratory major. You will then have to complete your foundational core and pre-professional requirements, and undergo a portfolio review, before being admitted into the major as a junior. Spaces in the program are limited, so yes, it is very competitive (i.e., "tough" to get into).