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Avoid like the plague.BrightArt & Design Department
Avoid like the plague. I went here for photography, started in the fall of 2009. What a crap program! The teachers were less informed than I was, and I wasn't walking in completely knowledgeable. The woman who runs the photo dept, stock room, etc is a complete nut job. She plays favorites and her attitude is incredibly poor. I transferred halfway through my sophomore year. When you leave, you are asked to attend a meeting with an administrator to let them know what the issues were, etc. From friends who were still at the school, I have heard the program has only gotten worse. Less funding in the photo dept, the gear in the stock room is getting older and not fixed, etc. The only teacher from the program I can recommend was Jim Dow. A true hero in that program compared to the horrible other "professors" we had.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A, Faculty Accessibility: F
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High tuition, high exceptanceQuite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
High tuition, high exceptance rates because the school is a fundraiser for the MFA. Also has failed ventilation tests and there is black mold in the building. No community think twice before going here/ sending your children here. There are better options. period.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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I went to the smfa because it wasSuper BrilliantFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I went to the smfa because it was the cool art school and i thought i wanted to be a cool art star...so it seemed good. Right away I found that the people often take themselves way too seriously...they seem to have to have to...supporting their art ideas with a thick wall of "its serious, conceptual art" when really what it is is something the public would call very abstract. Mostly intended for shock value. Any deviations culturally seemed poorly understood. The faculty was not accomodating or friendly very much at all in terms of art, as they were so orthodox. I can say it was a blast because the school has a fun environment fo anything goes and encourages a lot of out of the box thought, but it seemed to me in the classes, this freedom was perverted, and givent oo either strict rules of avant garde or to just plain ludicrousness. Do not expect them to accpet an intelligent thinker even if you sympathise with this atmosphere. You will be nnot only diappointed but intellectually scarred. You should find a better ground...but the temptingness of it is that it provides so much freedom otherwise, the city, away from annoying parents, but in the end, it can be a slippery slope into madness. Conform to their brand of insaniuty or leave. every student is required to make something that looks like an MGMT video. be warned. this is what they think is cool and that is the most important thing at the school as far as faculty goes. I tried to use the school as a spirngboard to launch my independent art career and it didnt work that well. I found myself spinning ym wheels just as badly. And "review boards" are definitely not good for my health. Id say the faculty was the problem, i didnt get along with them, and many of them, not at all. the dean of students also is very very very annoying to talk to and he made me so mad. How are they annoying...? Naysayers, plain and simple. You have a viewpoint that needs respect, and not a parental NO, for a school founded on freedom of choice, it wasnt, and everyone acted like nannyish in matters where they shouldnt be.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2006
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
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