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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

I am an undergrad in animation

Mar 23 2013Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I am an undergrad in animation. It is a FABULOUS program. The money available for the animation department is clearly great since all computers are up to date with the latest software. Professors are all great and have strong industry connections.. Most of my friends in the program have internships too. The school is VERY well connected in NY and in the industry. In fact, from what I can see many other departments are well liked by student with the exception of pure fine arts. Illustration, photography, Cartooning and even interior design are also considered very strong.

Being in Manhattan has both pros and cons. The pros is that it is a great place for a college student. Lots of stuff to do and eat. It is truly a city that never sleeps. The cons are that it is more expensive to live their than that of many other cities, and you need to be a mature student to live in a big city. There is no campus per se and no coddling of students.

Workload is VERY high. Expect to put in many all nighters if you want to really get out of SVA what you need to get. However, the work will be worth it.

Also, SVA allows students to take courses in other majors. Take advantage of this.
Don't stay in any dorms after freshmen year. Dorms are expensive and crappy as noted in reviews. Get an apartment with friends. Main problem with SVA is the tuition. It is high, and they are NOT known for giving decent scholarships. Thus, if you can't afford the tuition, don't come here. Go somewhere cheaper. However, if you can afford it because you have rich parents, SVA will give a great education and will inculcate the skills needed for the industry!

3rd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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