am a graduate FILM student, went to the school for
5 1/2 years. Here are my gripes:
is nothing more than an extension of High School,
with a a lot of cliques and teachers playing favorites.
As a film student this is VERY discouraging especially when
you depend on other students for help. I can't count
the times I worked on other peoples set only to
get a “ sorry I can't help you”, when time
came to repay the favor. A lot of teachers play
favorites. I guesss they feel its easier to help only
students who could be potentially helpful to their own
career. ITS A LOT like the industry in that it
plays to those who have money. For instance, one student
flew down to LA, paid to have their film bleached
by passed only for a simple class exercise. But thats
just a reflection of the real world of TV and
Film- only the privileged have a voice.
The advisors are incompetent, specially Ron Bun and Cindy Leo.
It took an extra semester because my “advisor” was
uninformed about my major and miscalculated my credits. Also the
administration is sometimes incompetent. The AAU informed me just 3
weeks! prior to graduated that I owed them around $1,000.
Since I have student loans, tuition is automatically deducted so
I still don't understand where they got this balance from!?
Thanks for not keeping your students informed and taking advantage
your students AAU! :)
2) I would not recommend this
school. Too expensive, outdated equipment (still using clunky semi broken
35/16mm cameras from 1960's), higher level classes had instructors that
were RARELY THERE, specifically Randell Love- He was one of
the two most knowledgeable teacher but was there only 5/16
classes!!! Also instructors are reluctant to give advise, I guess
they see us as competition. The Head of the Equipment
Dept Elan Santiago is an @$$hole, no other way of
saying it. I dont know one person who has said
something postive about him, but no one says anything. Reason
why is if he doesn't like you, you don't get
the equipment you need. He caused many good equipment techs
to quit unnecessarily. Eduardo, David Drum and Miss Sumtner
I would advise to take specific classes
or seminars in LA or NY where there are more
resources. Do not get sucked into paying $100,000 in student
loans for an education like I did. The degree is
worthless, I even had the Senior Year Portfolio Instructor of
Motion Picture & TV tell the class that point blank.
This makes no sense to a blue collar person such
as myself who doesn't have the money to spend thousands
of dollars on projects semester after semester. If you want
to get into film, buy a camera, pickup a basic
book on storytelling and video production, get yourself a job
and do self fulfilling projects on the weekend's off. Or
just go to LA and work your way up. Thats
what I'm doing now and I already have my degree.
Two big thumbs down!
PS- A lot of
these problems are systemic of the Higher Ups. Alicia “Bush”
Stevens should sell her privite jet AND helicopter AND limo
and actually try to fix the school, because its a
school not just a business.