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The Virginia Marti College of Art and Design

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While what i learned was very useful it is not marketable fArt & Design Department
While what i learned was very useful it is not marketable from an emplorer stand point. The school requires twice the credits necessary for an AA, which makes you ineligible for any further financial aid. They also mislead you into thinking the education is usefull in any other capasity than free lance designer. They did not offer a CAD class when I was there, which i did request several times. This class is an industry standard in the real world. This school sells a dream version of being a fashion desiger, nothing practical or useful. it is not worth the money.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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One of the main things the school offeredQuite BrightArt & Design Department
One of the main things the school offered was a 98% placement rating, which is probably inflated and incorrect. The only thing they did for everyone in my major was send Craigslist ads weekly. You get an AD, which many colleges DO NOT accept credits from and interviewers see as more as a burden than something good. Many of the teachers refuse to learn new standards in the fields, and instead teach out-dated technology due to that is what they feel comfortable with. Many of the teachers don't even know how to use the programs they are teaching. Also make sure to ALWAYS set up your own classes. Many people who went to the school with me had to go for almost 3 years, due the registrar set up the class schedules so it would be near impossible to complete in 2 years without cramming the last half-year.

In a good view though, some of the teachers are the greatest people I've ever met, and same with the students. You always feel comfortable and at home at the school, and always feel comfortable enough to ask questions about the material.If they were to lower some of the prices (such as the insane $300 extra for every PC related class), train their staff more and possibly offer a Bachelors degree instead, it would be a good choice; but with the current economy and these flaws I feel it would be unwise to choose this school if you have other choices

2nd Year Male -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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Great schooloverall.AverageArt & Design Department
Great schooloverall.Will prepare you for the Graphic Design field. Great artistic environment. Schoolis small not your usual "college". Everyone says Hi! in the halls. Faculty knows/remembers EVERYONE names. 3 week break between semesters during that time there are school sponsored trips to NYC, Italy, Paris etc. Fashion Design biggest program. Classes are small. Students form little groups and are creative within the city. Addmissions are not too selective. The challenge for admission is completing everything on your checksheet. Just alot of paperwork. schoolcosts at least 36 grand for a two year program. Steep but worth it !!!!!!!!!!!!
1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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