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| SVA, as an institution, downright sucks. It's irresponsible as a business and horrible as a school-- they'll squander your $100K in tuition on ad campaigns, recruitment, and promo materials to keep up the school's reputation that was (rightly) established decades ago, but it's nothing like that now. Only some of your money will actually go toward things that will help you directly as a student. The facilities are average at best, and half the teachers just plain ol' don't give a flying F about their job. Many of them are in it for the benefits (not even the pay, because it's so low). The administration treat you like cattle, and the student advisers are the the worst in the bunch. God forbid something's wrong with your schedule, because getting help from them is a nightmare. I've also found that the school will actually attempt to swindle unsuspecting students out of even more money, by forcing them to pay for redundant classes, or other administrative "accidents" that you will end up being responsible for. As an illustration and cartooning major, I found that the departments' chair, Tom Woodruff, was irritating more than anything. He hates comics and shouldn't be in charge of the department whatsoever as well. However, there are some fantastic professors there... if you can find them. My recommendation to someone that's interested in going to this school to major in illustration or cartooning is to take a class here and there on your own, and read a lot of books on your favorite artists and technique. There is very little I've learned from going to SVA that I couldn't have gotten from a $300 trip to Barns and Noble. |
| Starting Job: Freelance illustrator, Preparedness: B, Reputation: C |
|Nov 08 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
|Not so bright|
| The graphic design program was a major disappointment since the only class that I actually learned and made decent portfolio work was typography. For some odd reason the graphic design professors are not very helpful and attentive to students. Visual literacy was a waste of time and so was graphic imaging, originality. SVA follows odd, disorganized systems so don't rely on them to treat everyone fairly. If you want to receive a high score for the 2nd year portfolio review be in Frank Young's class and follow SVA's illustrative predictable style and surely you will get a 5! Do not follow your own voice. Confirm to your professor's preference and tastes. Never ask questions! Just do it! Maybe if you are lucky a professor might hook you up with a job! |
|Apr 28 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| 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.
|Nov 02 2009|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2009 |