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Feb 21 2003Art & Design Department

Great school, great facilities, shitty city and location of campus.

4th Year Male -- Class 2003
Education Quality: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: F

The dedication and friendliness of the faculty is

Jul 14 2002Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
The dedication and friendliness of the faculty is overwhelming. The professors are genuinely interested in helping each of their students find a personal path within their art. If you are motivated, interested in a challenge and ready to explore your creative ability, you will thrive at this school. But if you are looking at college as a way to expand your social life, Savannah is not the city for you. The city is small, quiet and FILLED with aging tourists. Also, the college brings in a GREAT deal of money each year, but seems to use that money more for marketing to future students of SCAD, rather than for the well-being of the current student body (i.e. campus safety or parking!). It seems there are a lot of politics at play within this town and college, almost to the point that it feels as if the administrative departments are more interested in the FUTURE of the school, rather than the present. But those political ties and funding allocation mishaps exist in every school, public and private, and do not interfere with the excellent teaching and the opportunities for personal growth.
1st Year Female -- Class 2004
Innovation: A+, Campus Maintenance: C

I am a junior, majoring in both Fibers

Oct 21 2003Art & Design Department
I am a junior, majoring in both Fibers and Historic Preservation. My experience at SCAD has been largely positive. The city and the surrounding coast is beautiful, and there is lots to do on the weekends; college events, lectures, film festivals, the beach. There are seasons that are slower than others, but overall I am very happy with the activities the college offers. The educational quality generally improves when you get into your major courses, some of my foundation professors were great people and very talented, but lacked when it came to actual instruction. As I have moved into more specialized areas of study, the work has become increasingly refined and challenging. I can't say enough about how great the Fibers department is--the majority of the professors all are graduates of Cranbrook, and they are relaxed and open to more challenging and different work, whether it is fine art or industry-oriented. I consider the small department to be a sort of "womb", where the student is nurtured, pushed, and challenged--but not to any extreme. The department also has small, but realtively good facilities, with a Jacquard AVL loom, a screenprinting lab (which could be improved), and a host of floor looms. The only thing lacking is a papermaking lab, which is being worked on.As for Historic Preservation, the course work can leave a little to be desired--it has not been consistently challenging and the grading standards are too easy. Some of the professors are not very good teachers; they are smart but not focused. However, the hands-on education has been good so far. Though the academic standards are too loose and relaxed, the environment in general is very supportive and fun.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2001
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: D
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