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| Film Major: If you are main stream then this school is NOT for you. But if you are all into experiential... then they have got all the toys! YOu won't get to use many camera until 2nd years... so keep that in mind... if you could proof to them tho ... I believe there is a good chance that you could use them. |
Painting/Drawing/PrintMaking/Sculpture... Are GREAT!!! People here are crazy! You have all the freedom in the world they will teach you everything. Its all about working hard... and putting more time and effort into it.
Photography... Okay so they have got a lot of cool teachers... and Ansel Adam was the one who set this department up which is great!! You could learn a lot as long as you are willing... Its all about hard work and asking...
New Genre... Its about concept work.... now the thing is some of the people said its great some said its horrible... They thing is you have to love CONTEMPORARY ART... If not then dont do it!!
|Oct 18 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| Please consider the implications of attending this school. I know it seems like a cool thing to add to your wikipedia page, to move to the city and attend a historically powerful school of art. But the student body is very unfriendly for the most part. Many students are very snobby and so absorbed in their own work (supposedly) that they can't help you out with yours. Because of the small enrollment size, cliques can form easily as well.|
The academics just aren't there. Classes aren't at all demanding. I'm self-motivated enough to consistently make work and evaluate it but teachers really don't expect much and students realize this, and don't try hard enough. It's so frustrating. Student work a majority of the time just isn't confident, and you know not much time or thought was put into it. Also, technical skills won't be taught to you here, so it's better if you come strong in your medium before you arrive. Another result of that is that students will consistently talk about big concepts and not follow through. There's just not much to take away from the classroom experience.
Staff is helpful and facilities are great. NOT THE CAFE. the cafe is awful.
dorms - if you're a freshman and want to meet people sutter hall is best. if you're older or feel more mature and would like a nicer room with a quieter atmosphere, abby hall.
overall it's not a good experience though. too bad because it's so expensive and san francisco is such a great city. i'd really like to transfer. i came for an experience of diversity and rigorous faculty.... but most students are trying so hard to be the most unique person that it defeats the purpose of diversity alltogether. and faculty don't make their classes rigorous.im trying not to be too biased or emotionally charged. but please please please look at schools that will give you a more rounded and tactile education.... everyone i talk to here is desperate for it.
|Mar 12 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| Unless you come from a wealthy family and have a lot of money to blow on a fine arts education, I would not recommend attending SFAI. I had tons of fun the year I attended, but fun was what I had. I understand that it is a fine arts school, but it lacks much needed structure. The staff is awfully kind, but assumes you know what it is that you are doing, when that is not always true and allows you to get away with doing anything related to the topic at hand. A lot of students are slackers and professors allow them to get away with it and award them A's and B's in courses when it is not deserved. The professors who really attempt to try and give structure and try to teach technique are written off as assholes by most students. Unless you are self-disciplined and have money to blow, do not attend school here. It is what you make of it. |
|Jan 24 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |