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| 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 |
| I've written 3 very detailed reviews for this awful institute, and all 3 have been filtered. Here's hoping that this makes the cut- Bottom line-SFAI will not teach you technical skills and drive NEEDED for being a successful artist. They had some great teachers when i was there, but recently cut the entire staff. The school is blind+money hungry. There is nothing else to say about the administration other than the people living in mansions thanks to your dollars. For the most part the instructors don't care about your future, and the ones who did look out for you were cut when the entire school went under. I find it hard to believe that anyone would want to spend 120k+ for a school that will just let you slide by in an unmotivational environment. You can be the biggest slacker and get straight A's here. Great- so with that, you now have a useless degree and no drive for success. I learned the most after leaving this school for the film industry, and I got into it- from my own devotion to learning. This school is a joke. Don't waste your time. If you want technical skills and staff that aren't completely brain dead- go to CCA or AI. Oh by the way- nice view, but you don't have to pay to see it. Neither do the hundreds of tourists that wander around here whenever they want! |
|May 01 2011|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| This school is a complete ripoff...of course you will hear- you have to be self disciplined, blah blah blah....first off- the courses are terrible and extremely limited, and the farthest away from any technical skills that you WILL need to succeed- ..the building itself is awesome, but with tourists coming here any time they want-it's not a huge plus. the classes are ridiculous. i took a variety of classes ranging from film, sculpture, and 'new genres'(which is basically a bunch of cliche art school professors that tell you how crazy they are but in the most pretentious way possible) sound horrible? it is. imo- new genres should be something truly expanding, the cliche student projects i've seen allowed at this place is horrendous. This school is not hard to get into, i don't know how they make it seem so competitive in acceptance, but it's a fraud. I've seen the most dead beat idiots in my life here...all they can talk about is what they want to make- and then never ever do. It's dreadful. If you are thinking about living in the dorms- good luck!! they aren't anywhere close to the school and are in the tenderloin, so bring your glock kids- i did succeed in finding awesome opportunities, only after i left this school and focused on work i could have been making if not at this school |
|Apr 23 2011|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |