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The school is all about the work youQuite Bright
The school is all about the work you put in. Don't expect to just be given everything you need to succeed here without working for it. You can slack off and pass but the goal of the school is to encourage to find your own motivation outside of grades. It has it's downsides but it is a very unique school and is constantly improving. Between my first year and now I have seen it improve in leaps and bounds.

Go to this school if you are motivated, go somewhere else if you need to be told what to do to ambitious.I cannot account for other majors but I know my major is filled with very talented professionals teaching, many of whom I have known of or been a fan of before attending.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2009
University Resource Use: A+, Education Quality: B
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I spent about two years at SVA inQuite BrightDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I spent about two years at SVA in their advertising/graphic design departments and I will say that the first year advertising curriculm (in 2003-2004) taught me a lot, and was a very memorable and fun year. But the summer semester and fall semester I took when I transfered back was a joke. The "Design Lab" only has two color printers for the entire graphic design, advertising, and illustration departments, a large format printer, and four computers that occassionaly crash. There are a few computer labs but they are only equipped with b&w printers and are usually reserved for classes. Some of my teachers were recent graduates of SVA and were teaching to pay the rent, apparently what they had gone to school for was not bring in the cash. There are some well-known graphic designers and artist teaching there but their classes fill up very quickly and most of them didn't go to SVA (the most successful teacher was self-taught).I realized I was doing mostly busy work and shallow weekly projects; my work was actually getting worse the longer I was there and I found myself conforming to the teacher's design prefrences (a majority of students did this to get a higher grade). The last straw was when I enrolled in a book making class and every week the teacher had us sit in a circle and talk -not critics, just conversations- leaving about an hour to buy supplies, have lunch and do some half-assed projects completely unrelated to book making.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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For all the money you pay in deptQuite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
For all the money you pay in dept fees and tuition, the film dept does not have enough equipment to lend out to students. When one does get their hands on the equipment the majority of it is archaic (dating 20 + yrs or older) and is in disrepair. Much of the lighting equipment is unsafe for use and should be replaced (many a fire has been started at SVA!) The equip that is relevant to know how to operate for work in the industry is only given access to in the senior year. Students are held liable for the prehistoric equipment malfunctioning. The students are not adequately instructed by the professors on proper use of the equipment, which often results in film shoots collapsing because none of the crew can figure out the mechanical functions of the camera or sound equipment. Just because one has worked successfully in the film industry, it does NOT mean that they are proficient enough to teach a classroom about it! Most of the professors are teaching as a day job and do not care to convey their knowledge to you, but they will gladly tell their naive drooling starstruck body of students extensively about the awards they have won and their various accomplishments. Be prepared for many class sessions of watching movies when the professors do not feel like teaching that you with minimal discussion afterwards that you could have paid 4 bucks to rent and talk about with your friends more analytically. This is normally the rule and not the exception, also be prepared to kiss arse a lot if you expect to get a good grade, and NEVER complain about the professors to any of the advisors or other professors ( it is a boys club, don't ever forget it!) If you wish to learn at this school speak to the grunts who work in the production office, they will help you and teach you more than your professor ever did. And If you wish to succeed when you leave this school it is important to have a lot of money and relatives in the film industry ;)
2nd Year Female -- Class 2009
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Education Quality: D-
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