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| First off, let me begin by saying I had a very negative opinion of SCAD my first two years there. There are many reasons that factor into this (move off campus immediately, you'll actually SAVE money doing it) but the biggest one was I wasn't really "in" it. SCAD is not a normal university. You don't go to SCAD to hang out at massive parties all freshman year and drink yourself silly. You go to SCAD to get trained to do what you want to spend the rest of your life doing. With this said, the first year and a half of SCAD is total bullshit. You are required to take art and design classes out of your major before you can actually get down to doing what you came there for. It's ridiculous because many of the students come in with scholarships, which must be maintained with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Now imagine if you will that I came in on scholarship and wanted to get my degree in Film. What classes do I have to take before I get there? Drawing I & II, Life Drawing and 2D and 3D Design. That's 5 classes, at 3,000 a class, 15,000 spent on a total waste of time. And let's say that I suck at drawing? Well, if I don't make a 3.0 or higher, poof, scholarship gone. I'm screwed. No film degree. I transfer. |
This happened to many of my peers freshman and sophomore year. It's disappointing because SCAD gives out scholarship money like candy fully knowing that most of the students won't make it four years. But that's not my story.
I went in for graphic design, and switched to advertising in my second year. Freshman year sucked. All truth there. The dorms were awful, the food terrible (it made me sick) and the student services were a joke. (Beware the angry sub shop ladies, just smile and nod).
Sophomore year I moved off campus, which was less expensive (for me, because I wasn't eating the dorm food so that was a waste of money so it evened out with my % loss of scholarship) and things got A LOT better. Half way through that year I got into my major classes and started to realize why SCAD is actually a great place to go to school.
I feel I should say now that a lot of your experience depends on which major you choose to pursue. Freshman year is going to suck, that's a given, be ready for that. But when I started doing what I actually came there to do, I fell in love. SCAD loves to look good... and if you make them look good, they will love the shit out of you. Don't go to classes just to go. Go to classes to be the best student in the damn class. Otherwise, it isn't worth it. You can't spend that kind of money and not try your hardest. (or maybe you can, in which case I hate you).
I've read a lot of reviews saying "SCAD didn't help me find employment after school." Really? You really thought they were going to? No one is going to give it to you, you have to take it. And to take it, you have to be talented. To be talented, you have to go to class, and you have to try your hardest.
Last thing: Think of SCAD as a trade school. You go to be trained in something. It's not a college, it's not an "experience." You have to WANT it, and want it bad. If you do, you've picked the best school to go too. If you want things given to you, don't go to college at all. I graduated in June. I started working a week later at a huge agency all the way across the country in L.A. The last 6 months have taught me a lot, but the biggest thing it's taught me is that I am more experienced, mature, talented and ready than the vast majority of my peers out here. The work load at SCAD was intense but it's made work in the real world easier, because I was ready for the long hours and because I went in DAY ONE knowing exactly what to do. And that's because of my education at SCAD.
|Feb 03 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| I absolutely love SCAD. It has the best quality of education I've seen anywhere, as well as some of the best people. SCAD has a different atmosphere, they want you to get a job and they care about you as a student. I've never felt like a number, I've always felt like me. People here are accepting, no bull crap about cliques or clothing thats right or wrong. Everyone is serious about their education and it makes me better. I can't believe how much more than my money's worth I'm getting. |
|Jan 20 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2014 |