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The School of Visual Arts

Total Grad Surveys 5
Females 4
Males 1
Avg years at University 2.2
Research Quality B- (6.3)
Research Availability B- (5.9)
Research Funding D+ (2.9)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.3)
Not Errand Runners A- (8.7)
Degree Completion C+ (5.2)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] D+ (3.1)
Sufficient Pay D (2.3)
Competitiveness C+ (5.1)
Education Quality B (7.2)
Faculty Accessibility B (7.2)
Useful Research B+ (7.9)
"Individual" treatment B (7.2)
Friendliness B+ (7.8)
Safety A- (8.2)
Campus Beauty B (6.8)
Campus Maintenance C+ (5.7)
University Spending B- (5.8)
Extracurriculars C- (3.5)
Scholastic Success C+ (5.3)
Surrounding City B+ (7.5)
Social Life/ Environment C- (4.2)
Sufficient PayD
Not Errand RunnersA-
Anyone who says that 'the best years ofOct 12 2019Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Anyone who says that 'the best years of your life will be your college years' had clearly never attended classes at the School of Visual Arts.

I gave F's across the board on all subjects here, and they're well-deserved. This campus was often surrounded by drug addicts and homeless, some of which were hired for cheap to disrobe, and pose as models for illustration classes.

Technology used in the animation department was sorely outdated, and the teachers were all paycheck people. Half of them were miserable while the other half wouldn't even critique your work; they'd just say, "looks great", and move on. I could have had my mother do that for free, rather than take out a student loan that took 20 years to pay off.

Don't trust them to find work for you, either. SVA boasted on about their big promise of job placement, and when the time came to deliver on that promise, my guidance counselor would refuse to do it because my math or science grades (in an art school. Math and science classes in an art school) weren't as strong as the grades involved with what I was actually there to study. When that changed, and I asked him about job placement again, he literally gave me a copy of names and phone numbers of local studios, and wished me good luck. After contacting every studio on the list, I came to find that half of them were no longer in operation.

I remained in touch with many of my fellow graduates from the year 2000, and none of them are working in the arts. Most of us were lucky to get some short-term work after graduation, but now, there's nothing. The world of animation was rapidly changing, and SVA did not accommodate the change. Our money paid for better facilities for future classes, and once the campus had that money, we were history.Do not let them sucker you out of yours. Go to an art school with integrity.

Not all departments at SVA are equalJun 08 2016Video/Media
Not all departments at SVA are equal. I graduated with an MFA in Computer Art with an Animation Concentration. I found almost all faculty to be top notch! The had a lot of computers , all of which get updated every two years. They also had the latest software.

SVA is very well known and connected in the animation industry. Many Blue Sky studio artists teach there. They get many offers by festivals for submissions. In fact, our thesis project got into 12 festivals and we won three. You can also audit any undergraduate course too for free. Also, they have a very good "independent study"available if you want to concentrate on some specific area not offered in the courses.

Manhattan is a fabulous place for a student with lots of connections, agencies and other places to find work or do an internship. I really did like SVA. Again, this is based on Computer Art. I can't evaluate other disciplines. Overall, I would say that SVA is one of the top schools in the US if you are interested in 2d animation or 3d animation (computer art). Also, be aware, that although the undergraduate area isn't that competitive to get in, this is not true for graduate work. SVA only accepts about 30% of those who apply to their Computer Art grad program.

It was disgraceful at graduation (2016) that theyMay 18 2016Unknown
It was disgraceful at graduation (2016) that they posted pictures of a student exposing her breasts. In addition, after receiving her diploma, the same student opened her gown and flashed the audience with her bare breasts. This was not a strip club but a commencement in which many children and grandparents attended.
Certain departments at SVA are stronger than othersDec 08 2013Art & Design Department
Certain departments at SVA are stronger than others. The Computer Art department is probably one of the strongest departments in the school. They bring on amazing visiting lecturers and have top notch faculty who are currently working in the field at top studios. SVA also gets a lot of nominations by Siggraph for work done and for the students' thesis. At the last Siggraph award ceremony, they had more thesis nominees than that of any other school in the New York area. In fact there may have been more nominees than all of the other schools combined.It is a great program, and I highly recommend it.

The thesis advising was excellent too as was the great facilities. They not only have very current and powerful computers but a great render farm. Basically everything that a student needs to learn all aspects of the animation pipeline are available.

You can also tailor your education to either become a strong generalist or to become strong is a particular area of the animation pipeline.Bottom line: I would HIGHLY recommend SVA for grad work.

The graduate art therapy program at SVA isMay 11 2009Unknown
The graduate art therapy program at SVA is a new program. The faculty tries too hard to prove that they are at par with other programs in the city. The faculty creates fear within the student body, exacerbating the already high levels of stress. The program's chairperson often makes demeaning comments towards students. It seems like the top concern of the program is collecting the already-high tuition from the students. 5 of 24 students did not complete the 2007-09 program.
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