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| The Visual Arts Department at Naropa is very small. In some regards this may seem good, yet .... we have very little to work with here. There is only one large room where all art classes are held so it is impossible to leave large pieces of work here. There is extremely limited space for storage of any kind. Suggestions have been made to the school yet nothing is being done about it. It is just not one of Naropa's stronger departments. There are a few very good teachers in this department and then there are a few adjunct teachers here that lack the experience to really justify the price tag of the course. It is really a hit or miss school for serious art majors. Really take your time, look around, perhaps sit in on a few classes before you commit. |
|Dec 07 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Naropa is a fine place to be if you are older and know exactly what you want from this university. I came here after a dexual assault at my last university expecting to fall into the arms of a compassionate faculty and staff. Things were beautiful here until faculty decided to interfere in my personal life. From that moment on, my blinders were removed. While the instructors here have been wonderful for the most part, they don't seem to understand that their rules don't always translate to the "outside world". Trying to get ahold of the dean or professors outside of class is like pullin teeth. Scheduling is most often done through email, and staff will ignore urgent messages for weeks. The student housing is supposed to be a sober living community, but that's a complete joke. Rules are enforced only when the student fails to "play the system". There are a lot more politics going on at this university than teaching. I have learned some wonderful tips and tricks here, but my stellar academic record has been sullied by staff incompetence. |
I am looking forward to getting out of here. The lack of organization and communication coupled with the bad environment is excused by their religious and spiritual beliefs, which gives a horrible impression on Buddhism.
If you are looking for a place to learn and get a degree that will impress those not from this sort of a community, don't waste your time and money.
While the instructors may have the students best interest in mind, clear communication is constantly lacking. I have never before been unable to get a clear idea of what the assignment is.
If you're trying to stay sober and you don't want to deal with kids smoking an drinking in the dorms on a fairly constant basis, stay away from campus housing.Naropa is great for some, but not for the serious student. This institution is a money sucking machine that tries to trap students in their system. If you don't kiss ass, you're not going to be treated with respect. A poor excuse for a Buddhist institution.
|Nov 29 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |