am an undergrad in animation. It is a FABULOUS program.
The money available for the animation department is clearly great
since all computers are up to date with the latest
software. Professors are all great and have strong industry connections..
Most of my friends in the program have internships too.
The school is VERY well connected in NY and in
the industry. In fact, from what I can see many
other departments are well liked by student with the exception
of pure fine arts. Illustration, photography, Cartooning and even
interior design are also considered very strong.
Manhattan has both pros and cons. The pros is that
it is a great place for a college student. Lots
of stuff to do and eat. It is truly a
city that never sleeps. The cons are that it is
more expensive to live their than that of many other
cities, and you need to be a mature student to
live in a big city. There is no campus per
se and no coddling of students.
Workload is VERY
high. Expect to put in many all nighters if you
want to really get out of SVA what you need
to get. However, the work will be worth it.
SVA allows students to take courses in other majors. Take
advantage of this.
Don't stay in any dorms after
freshmen year. Dorms are expensive and crappy as noted in
reviews. Get an apartment with friends.
Main problem with
SVA is the tuition. It is high, and they are
NOT known for giving decent scholarships. Thus, if you can't
afford the tuition, don't come here. Go somewhere cheaper. However,
if you can afford it because you have rich parents,
SVA will give a great education and will inculcate
the skills needed for the industry!