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I am a Computer Art major.Quite BrightArt & Design Department
I am a Computer Art major. My review is based around these SVA and computer art. I do not know as much about the quality of the Fine Art major, in other words.

THE GOOD:
Great connections/internship opportunities (especially computer art).
High success rate in the industry among the students who do make it to graduation.
Great city - NYC has everything. No downsides provided you are happy living in a big and loud city (give that some serious thought before you apply, lots of people seem to have overlooked this and end up complaining about it during their time here!)

Great facilities - up to date, very nice computer labs (maybe a little small and lacking in personality, but definitely has all the best software and hardware to get anything computer art-y done well).

All faculty are Industry professionals - that is a real plus because there is no BS and everything is focussed on translating you into an industry-ready professional.

THE BAD:
Not great socially (1) - Very difficult to make a lot of friends since freshmen year takes place entirely in a single class 'block', so if you don't like your classmates, you are forced to find friends elsewhere.

Not great socially (2) - SVA does not do much to help you make friends. The best students are the one who are not dependent on a social life and are happy to have a couple close friends and spend all their time working (which is a good position to be in when doing something like computer art, but just isn't everyone's cup of tea.)

Not great socially (3) - No parties. If you're coming to SVA, don't expect parties. There are none. SVA is not a party school. SVA is not for party people. PLEASE DON"T COME HERE AND EXPECT PARTIES. There is drugs and alcohol if you look for it, but not classic dorm parties etc.

Not great socially (4) - No real extracurricular stuff. There are no sports teams, no school colors, no gym or after school clubs (besides a couple student-run things like Queer SVA and the extra animation club).

HUGELY EXPENSIVE - Not a problem if you have a lot of money, but since most people don't - this can be a huge problem. Only com to SVA if you can afford it without going to total student-loan hell.

A lot of attention is given to the hard working, excelling students and the one's floundering at the bottom of the class - I've spoken to students who say if you are coasting or working hard to barely stay afloat, you can easily be forgotten or overlooked in class as someone who just simply doesn't care.

Curious grading schemes - A lot of grading (especially in the humanities) is given on a basis of how much the teacher likes you. This can be a blessing and a curse depending on how well you get on with your teacher. There are no teachers that I've found are predisposed to disliking anyone though.

MY ADVICE:
Go here is you are prepared to work hard (many all-nighters) and somewhat reject a social life in order to come out with really amazing job prospects heading into the future.

You will spend lots and lots of money, but the 'investment' is that the best students here do genuinely go on to Pixar, Disney, ILM etc. However, don't overlook the importance of that money thing. spending big money brings pressure and a feeling that you need to succeed to make SVA 'worth it'. (which can either motivate you or depress you). Student loans can also cripple people hugely, make sure you understand that before flying into a pricey college.

In closing, you have to throw everything you have to making SVA work for you. It will not carry you or nurture any except for the best. Some students will come out with amazing jobs because they rejected the negatives of SVA and forced their way to the top, but not everyone can do that. SVA is an investment school, you invest your money, time, effort and your emotions to hopefully come out on the way to your dream job. Be prepared to not have a good college experience, but a great chance at a attaining a great job.

1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D-
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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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So far as I can tell SVA isSuper BrilliantFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
So far as I can tell SVA is a snake eating its own tail. Most of the teachers are (fresh) graduates from SVA its self, and not, as the school advertises professionals in the feild. The school administration loves graduates and will do anything to support them, but while your a student, its hard to be taken seriously and get the help that you want. Especailly by the advisors, who are useless.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
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