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| Well, what is left to be said about this school that hasn't been said about diarrhea. I'll still throw my two cents in the basket, although there are a bunch of reviews here that hit the same points I still feel I should reinforce.|
In short, if your goal in life is to make art, use the money you'd waste on SVA to buy some art history books, learn some history and theory, and just engage in your own practice. I CANNOT EXPRESS ENOUGH HOW MUCH I MEAN THIS! I WISH I HAD SOMEONE TELL ME THIS YEARS AGO!! SVA IS A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY, but I will explain...
Wasting thousands, to get a completely useless degree is insanity, that I had the unfortunate idea of participating in myself. You go to this school, deal with all the depressed rich kids(it's hard having money and sitting around making crummy paintings), arrogant (think they are famous) teachers who are in reality failures, shop techs in all departments are also failed artists with attitudes, humanities classes that are below high school level etc. all for a degree that is completely and utterly useless.
Try going to interviews, in the real world, to get yourself any kind of gainful employment with this degree, best of luck. No one is willing to help graduates either, everything in the environment revolves around a pseudo-wealthy group of children who do each other favors and tell each other how great they all are. Think I'm full of it? Go to the school and see it yourself.
I just saved you four years of learning all this the hard way, the EXPENSIVE way.
Years later I've repaired my life, and my mind from the damage of the school and the people who work and attend it, and I have actually made myself a mufti-millionaire(no joke ha ha) though completely and totally unrelated to the school or anything having to do with it or my education. I had to rebuild one step at a time, and do it all on my own.
I now make art on my own time, and my own dime, for myself, and do what gives me satisfaction, not for the appearance or approval of vacant people.
If SVA taught me anything, its that the New York art world is an unbelievable mess of very affluent children, doing whatever they can to make their lives seem purposeful, and the majority of it has nothing to do with art, communicating ideas is completely secondary to being the latest and greatest nonsense to hit the market.(sidenote: if you are a mid-western or southern hipster, or even just some suburban kid who is the coolest kid at your particular middle of nowhere highschool, SVA is the best place for you to become the dirtiest preachiest most arrogant hipster, and gain that hipster stardom you've always desired. Seriously, come and move here and then tell people you meet you are "from" Brooklyn, just make sure the people you tell are other hipsters, and not any of us who are actually FROM here. All you dreams of being a vegan in the hottest band this week, who never showers and protests things that your parents make their money on will come true! You can act like trash, treat other people badly, and be the coolest kid to hit NYC. Just be careful, people on the fringes of your gentrification sprawl aren't too friendly to outsiders who drive up rent and cost of living prices, and they will rob you for your ipod and $5000 dollar track bike, but don't worry you can just go buy another.)Sorry for the personal rant, but if you come here, you will see exactly what I'm talking about on your first day.
Avoid at all costs would be my advice, as I said just take a 30k loan and use it to make a film, or a series of paintings, etc. Do your own thing, promote it if you want people to see it, and you will cut out 4 wasted years of garbage that somehow passes for "education".
Or even better alternative, go to business school, or some kind of educational pursuit that will fund your goals in art. Much better way to go, and there are a number of successful artists who have done this in the past.
|May 16 2012|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| I was a film major at SVA who dropped out during my 2nd year there. Let me just come right out with it and say that THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE! Just all around a horrible school. It is totally overpriced and overrated as most NY film schools are. The professors are film industry rejects who never worked on a feature film in their life and teach film classes to pay the rent. Many of them are actually former graduates who don't have a film credit to their name. Embarrassing! They will over-analyze just about everything and come off as pretentious. They speak out of their a$$es and are extremely condescending, hurtful, and unhelpful when they criticize your films/work. Teachers here are so discouraging. They actually suck the creativity out of you and try to force their ideas on how to do things onto you. Some of my high school friends who went here became so discouraged that they stopped pursuing art as a career completely. Sad! And don't even get me started on the students who go here! It's extremely hard to make friends. Most of the students either don't speak English, are anti-social, or are film snobs or snotty kids who form cliques. Most of the kids who go to this film school are obsessed with being artsy and becoming the next Orson Welles. No one is approachable or genuine. And as a Hispanic young man I witnessed first hand how racist and elitist teachers and students are at this school. I always got dirty looks from people and was often excluded and ignored because I wasn't a rich white kid. Back where I went to school everyone regardless of ethnicity got along fine and I was well-liked and popular. It being NYC you would think people would be tolerant to everyone right? WRONG. The buildings are horrible and cramped. Bathrooms are ridiculously tiny. All the staff is really mean spirited. Not into helping students at all. All about the paycheck. There is no sense of community here. No brotherhood of artists. Everyone is so selfish and concerned only with their work and getting "famous". Good luck trying to get together a crew for your movie. The cameras are always in short supply. They really are ages behind in the supply department. The lights are old and they lack most essential film industry tools. Nothing here is "high tech" or "cutting edge" as SVA always boasts. Most of the students who go here are pot head hippies who have no genuine love of film and have no direction in their lives. As a person who is the anti-thesis of that I did not fit in here and found this school to be a sorry excuse for a film school. I'm assuming that if you're reading this you care about art and want to further your knowledge and love of it. You want to grow and share yourself through art. If this sounds like you please avoid SVA like the plague. As a matter of fact unless you are sure of it avoid art school. You're better off studying art through books and taking an apprenticeship/internship where you can learn from a real industry expert who hopefully will nurture your talent and love for the arts. It's a lot of money, stress and most of all pain and grief saved. |
|Dec 06 2010|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| 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.
|Mar 27 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2016 |