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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.
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