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I keep seeing everyone complain about SVA butQuite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I keep seeing everyone complain about SVA but more than likely they are a bunch of unmotivated little brats. SVA costs a lot of money, and sure they let some people in who have no business here except for the fact that they can cover SVA's CODB (cost of doing business) HOWEVER If you have true talent and you're passionate SVA will back you 150%. I'm not a trust fund baby and didn't know if I would be able to afford this school or living in Manhattan but I've received 2 scholarships, one for housing and one for tuition that amount to just over $140k for the next four years. If you have something they want, they will pay for it.

In regards to what happens academically at SVA, Your education is YOUR education. No one is going to hold your hand and tell you everything you have to do, you have to take the initiative to teach yourself new things and if you have questions along the way the faculty is more than willing to assist you with as much as they can. For the ones who complain about their professors, obviously they are not researching who they are going to have a class with when they register. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Every professor is different, its important to look at the work they are creating to see if they have anything to offer you.

The Chair of my department is AMAZING. He will do anything for his students (that actually do work). SVA is one of the biggest resources you could ever have, of course, you have to pay your dues in life just like everything else. The facilities in my department are great, they definitely put a great deal of the money they charge into equipment and supplies. Theres always different lectures and events happening at SVA or in partnership, which you're informed about thru SVA's email. A lot of the students here can be lazy and snobs who just mess around but thats because of how they were raised. You have to realize that you are here for YOU and you can't get distracted by what they are doing. Not all of the students are like that though, they are certainly other down to earth students who are very talented and can actually offer you something (I came from a place where I was constantly having to teach my peers things). Your professors should be the reason why you come to this school. No one at SVA gets caught up in aesthetic beauty, this is an extremely conceptual school, technicality comes secondary. Most the dialogues in your class will be to further concept and narrative. None of my professors have really been heavy with teaching technique, I think its assumed that you already have that prior to entering classes.

In short, if you're looking to come to SVA, realize why you're doing it. Do you work hard without having your hand held? Are you looking to be challenged with your work? Are you passionate? Are you looking to network and establish valuable connections in one of the top professional communities (NYC) ? Do you want the respect of attending an internationally acclaimed school? Are you serious about what you're doing? Only come here if you've said yes to all of those questions.

Just remember, No one can teach you how to be an artist. Either you are, or you aren't and the college you choose should be viewed as a resource to benefit your artwork and your success/career. Everything in life is what YOU make of it.

1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Individual Value: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B
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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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