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| I had a wonderful experience at UArts as a Painting major. I had fabulously informed and talented instructors who helped me grow as an artist and professional and I met amazing peers. Not only did I learn so much that has prepared me for my job, but I had so much fun when I was there. It was the best time of my life. I am not a big fan of the current President and the direction he is taking the school, but I do believe that the Instructors and community at UArts will always make it a wonderful place to study. |
|Jan 18 2013|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| This school may be very good for some majors. From what I've seen, the theater and dance departments are excellent. I'm a film major, however, and I greatly regret my time at UArts. Film school in itself is problematic thing - there's not much they can teach you that you don't already know, and if you don't already know it, there's not much to be done for you. But UArts has greatly disappointed me. In over a year of being there, I haven't learned a single thing. I often knew how to work a camera or use editing software better than my professors did. I hoped that sophomore year would be more challenging, but we've actually moved BACKWARDS. I have a current cinematography class at the moment - 6 hours long, and we're not even allowed to move the camera or cut. Our projects have to be one shot, without movement. And the majority of class is spent watching a movie anyway. In fact, that's all I seem to be doing these days - 3 out of the 5 classes I have, we spend the majority of the time watching movies. In my Intro to Screenwriting class, we've discussed screenwriting briefly, and spent the rest of the time watching clips from Iron Man, Spiderman, and the entirety of School of Rock. Not only have we seen these films before, but I could have done that at home. For considerably less money, at that. I'm sure UArts is great for some people. But in all honesty, the film program is shockingly poor. I'm transferring out as soon as possible. |
|Sep 09 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| This review is only for people majoring in Fine Arts.|
First off, if you plan on being a Fine Arts major, understand that this school is almost completely based on Concept and not on any type of technique or skill building. For example, if you're a painting major, you will be given little if any instruction on any actual painting or drawing techniques. Concept and the "artistic significance" are all that matter. Because of this, most painting majors stop painting at all by the their Senior Thesis, doing installation work instead, since if their not gonna teach you how to paint, how can you paint? And yet, professors have no problem criticizing your drawing or painting skills, but offer no suggestions on how to improve. Or, they tell you to take drawing classes elsewhere to acquire these skills. Stupid, isn't it? For the most part, the faculty does not have these skills themselves to begin with. Same goes for printmaking, where I am sad to report that none of the faculty knows how to draw. And yet both of these majors have a long heritage of drawing?...Doesn't make any sense to me.
This school celebrates concept over technique in every area. Don't expect to come here and learn to paint, draw, sculpt or whatever, cause you will be extremely disappointed. You end up writing tons of artist statements, spending hours at hum drum critiques, and giving presentations on your art, but spend little to no time learning how to actually CREATE art. So, basically, if you want to be a Conceptual Artist, then you will enjoy this school. Think Tracey Emin, Damien Hurst. But if you want to be an actual proficient painter/sculptor/printmaker, go somewhere else!! This school does not teach skill building!!
|Jul 09 2012|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |