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The School of Visual Arts

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I had a feeling school was going to

Jul 02 2013Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I had a feeling school was going to be bleak when at freshman orientation, none of the bigwigs bothered showing up. They just played a VIDEO of the provost giving a speech he gave to a class years earlier.

Our Chair, Suzanne Anker makes all of us cringe. There are faculty suck ups that get all kinds of favors from her.There are one or two teachers who are excellent, but the school is really neglected. I hear old man Rhodes, the owner aka president, just sits in his office counting his money. The school doesn't do much to help your career once you're out. They only exploit it when an ex student happens by luck, to do well.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2016
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
Jun 20 2013Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc

my older brother went here and the student level was amazing.the environment isn't stimulating. people are depressed.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A+, Education Quality: F

I am a second year cartooning major and

Mar 27 2013Art & Design Department
I am a second year cartooning major and have taken some 2d animation courses. I have to say that I have loved every course and every professor that I have so far had. Courses were practical yet thorough. Projects are very well thought out and give great practical training. Moreover, being in Manhattan, SVA has LOTS of connections with studios, gallaries and other contacts that many prospects don t' realize.

In addition, their training is very practical unlike some other art schools whose training tends to be very artsy. I have heard this complaint from Pratt students about their school. This gives us a great edge.

The cons of SVA:

The first con is price. They have high tuition and very high fees! Moreover, being a for profit school, they give out very little aid. If you can't afford to come here, you won't get a lot of aid. Be aware of this.

Secondly, SVA has few of the facilities that you would expect from other schools. Although their academic facilities such as classrooms, wired campus and computers are great, they have no gym, no swimming pool etc.

Third: They have no campus. However, Manhattan is your campus. Manhattan has anything you can think of , and much of it is of very high quality.Bottom line: SVA doesn't have all of the art programs found in traditional art schools such as Textile design etc. However, what they do have is usually very strong and presented with a commercial emphasis, which makes getting a job or being self employed a lot easier. If you can't afford the school, however, you may be better off going elsewhere.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C


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