The School of Visual Arts
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The problem is that the professors or anyone at the school will not tell you this, because they need that $20k-$40k from each student to operate. The program itself isn't as in-depth as some might expect it to be. It's more experimental design rather than real in-field type of work. If you can go to a cheaper school that will give you a bachelors for under $10k a year, by all means do it, because you will get the exact same education there.
The best alternative to this of course is the internet and books. There are so many tutorial websites out there for Adobe Creative Suite and Web Design (lots of companies are going digital now) that you can practically teach yourself in half the time that you would taking useless classes in a GD program. Plus you won't end up in debt, and looking for a job for months if not a year. In the end, your clients will not look at where you received your degree from, but at your portfolio of your past work, and its quality.I've learned very little compared to what real jobs require. Here are a few things I recommend for everyone to focus on while learning Graphic Design: Typography, kerning and leading, Web design (at least HTML and CSS), print production (to prepare files for print), and applications themselves (you will only get to learn the basics at this school).
1. Is this what I really want to do?
2. Can I afford this?
3. Am I willing to wake up before 5:00AM for a film shoot?
Am I willing to have a very unhealthy lifestyle, wherein I will not be getting much sleep for weeks at a time?
4. Do I really need film school?
Unlike Law or Medicine, Film is not an industry where it is necessary to have a degree to break in. Many directors did not major in film. Film is all about who you know, and who knows you. While film school will provide you with plenty of opportunities to meet people just like you, trying to find a way into the industry, one must consider whether this is worth a yearly bill of 30,000+ dollars.
Most of the truly successful people I met here did not get to where they are because of the curriculum provided. In fact, most of them would get into trouble for missing classes. Why were they missing class? They figured working on a set was a much more valuable experience than attending class. They got to where they are because they took advantage of the equipment the school provides and they worked on shoots outside of school. Honestly, many of them didn't even bother to use the school's equipment, instead opting to rent equipment from other venues or borrowing equipment from friends.
Students who were not successful are more commonly found at SVA. Many students who go here do not give a hoot about film history. They find it "boring" and would rather watch the latest stoner comedy.
I met some truly wonderful people here, and learned much during my time at SVA. However, this had very little to do with the curriculum itself and more to do with my own personal development. Production classes, which can commonly run up to 6 hours in length, often felt like a waste of valuable time (time that could have been spent working on a film). Humanities are a joke. My advice to people interested in getting into film is to not major in film. If film is all you're interested in, try finding other ways to meet people within the industry.
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