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The School of Visual Arts

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/InnovationA
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/BeautyB FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA
SafetyA+
 
Describes the student body as: Friendly, Afraid, Arrogant, Broken Spirit, Snooty

Describes the faculty as: Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Self Absorbed

Female
Intelligence
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Campus Aesthetics/Beauty
B
Highest Rating
Individual Value
A+
She rated most things higher than other students did.
Major: Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc (This Major's Salary over time)
I keep seeing everyone complain about SVA but more than likely they are a bunch of unmotivated little brats. SVA costs a lot of money, and sure they let some people in who have no business here except for the fact that they can cover SVA's CODB (cost of doing business) HOWEVER If you have true talent and you're passionate SVA will back you 150%. I'm not a trust fund baby and didn't know if I would be able to afford this school or living in Manhattan but I've received 2 scholarships, one for housing and one for tuition that amount to just over $140k for the next four years. If you have something they want, they will pay for it.

In regards to what happens academically at SVA, Your education is YOUR education. No one is going to hold your hand and tell you everything you have to do, you have to take the initiative to teach yourself new things and if you have questions along the way the faculty is more than willing to assist you with as much as they can. For the ones who complain about their professors, obviously they are not researching who they are going to have a class with when they register. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Every professor is different, its important to look at the work they are creating to see if they have anything to offer you.
The Chair of my department is AMAZING. He will do anything for his students (that actually do work). SVA is one of the biggest resources you could ever have, of course, you have to pay your dues in life just like everything else. The facilities in my department are great, they definitely put a great deal of the money they charge into equipment and supplies. Theres always different lectures and events happening at SVA or in partnership, which you're informed about thru SVA's email. A lot of the students here can be lazy and snobs who just mess around but thats because of how they were raised. You have to realize that you are here for YOU and you can't get distracted by what they are doing. Not all of the students are like that though, they are certainly other down to earth students who are very talented and can actually offer you something (I came from a place where I was constantly having to teach my peers things). Your professors should be the reason why you come to this school. No one at SVA gets caught up in aesthetic beauty, this is an extremely conceptual school, technicality comes secondary. Most the dialogues in your class will be to further concept and narrative. None of my professors have really been heavy with teaching technique, I think its assumed that you already have that prior to entering classes.

In short, if you're looking to come to SVA, realize why you're doing it. Do you work hard without having your hand held? Are you looking to be challenged with your work? Are you passionate? Are you looking to network and establish valuable connections in one of the top professional communities (NYC) ? Do you want the respect of attending an internationally acclaimed school? Are you serious about what you're doing? Only come here if you've said yes to all of those questions.


Just remember, No one can teach you how to be an artist. Either you are, or you aren't and the college you choose should be viewed as a resource to benefit your artwork and your success/career. Everything in life is what YOU make of it.
Responses
questionDo you actually attend SVA? You refer to the chairman of fine arts as "he." Just curious, what is "his" name?
 
responseI never said fine arts, I'm a photography major and his name is Stephen Frailey.
 
responseThen you should have stated that you are in photography. The complaints are from students in the Fine Arts program, not photography. Digital Photography has a fantastic chair, Katrin Eismann. Unfortunately, the new Fine Arts chair, Suzanne Anker, isn't well liked, so I hear.
 
responseThere is No way to select just Photography seeing as all of them are categorized as one. None the less- the school needs positive reviews and not such a negative outlook. SVA is one of the top schools in the country for Photography that's one of the reasons I picked SVA. If I was going for fine arts id choose Parsons. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions without blaming everyone else.
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