StudentsReview :: The School of Visual Arts - Comments and Student Experiences
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Pratt Institute -- Brooklyn, NY
Pratt Community College -- Pratt, KS
Rhode Island School of Design -- Providence, RI

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

The School of Visual Arts

There are 55 Comments


Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comment:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
After having attended this school I feel likeQuite BrightDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
After having attended this school I feel like I've not lost or gained anything. For the money spent, I could have probably received a degree in a more "professional" major, and probably would have a better shot at getting a good paying job. The technology in the school is lacking, considering they charge so much per semester, especially if you include living on their "campus."

The learning experience isn't always there because many of the professors are selfish, and try to do things their own way, instead of the industry's way (we're here to learn how to get a job, and to provide for ourselves, along with developing our talents, not to listen to someone tell jokes or ranting about their morning or previous night all period long), and spend very little time teaching. Speaking of getting a job (graphic design) - there are no mandatory classes that teach you basic laws of how to deal with your clients. Nothing about contracts, agreements, etc. If you want to learn that, then you have to learn it on your own time, or get a job at a place which will teach you. Only few professors encourage students to go out and learn beyond what's taught in class. Most simply go in, give an assignment, and send you on your way after useless critiques where you don't get any good feedback. If it's a large class it's impossible to go over every student's work.

Many of the students lack confidence which makes it difficult to approach them, or make friends with them, while others have difficulty with the English language (out of country). At times I felt like I was wandering around the place all by myself because so many people acted too shy.If you aren't a very sociable or a competitive person, find yourself a cheaper school. This school has a lot to offer in terms of networking and (possible) business opportunities, but you have to be an extremely self-motivated person to take advantage of these things. Otherwise you're just wasting your money, and putting yourself into great debt. There are cheaper schools out there that teach the same thing, and don't empty your wallet. Considering the stuff taught at this school, you can probably learn most of it on your own if you're willing to put a lot of hours into it, and obtain enough experience (be it working freelance, or internships) which would make potential employers overlook the fact that you didn't go to school to get a degree.

more→Nov 02 2009
3rd Year Male -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
I am a film major at SVA.Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I am a film major at SVA.This program is very much about how much you learn. Film making is a vast business and not everything can be taught in the class room. Independent research is needed in order to be a well rounded student.
more→Mar 02 2009
4th Year Female -- Class 2009
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Overall an awesome schoolBrightVideo/Media
Overall an awesome school for artists of any kind. Don't expect the usual College life as it is located in the middle of the city which does not enforce a sense of unity within the school.
more→Feb 10 2009
1st Year Male -- Class 2012
Innovation: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D+
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
• How to choose the right college?
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
• Personality Type and College Choice
• A Free Application is a Good Application
• College Academic Survival Guide
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
• The Scoop on State Schools
• The Purpose of a Higher Education
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
• How to choose a college major
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
• Nailing the College Application Process
• What to do for a Successful Interview
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
• Starting College (General College Advice)
Earn $$
Write an Article for us!