long and hard before you go to SCAD. Visit the
school and talk to students. Read online reviews. Look at
where the alumni have gone. Think LONG and HARD about
going to SCAD.
I attended SCAD for a BFA. I
ended up changing my major at least four times simply
because I found every department to be totally unacceptable. I
had to take an innumerable amount of pointless “foundation” courses
before I could actually take a class pertaining to my
area of interest. When I finally got to take classes
that were within my major, I found the curriculum to
be laughable. Money down the drain. I had so many
burnt out, washed up, angry old people who called themselves
“professors”. They all approached art so obtusely and so objectively
that it became monotonous, stale, even uninteresting to think about.
Their own miserable experiences and disappointments directly contributed...were directly responsible
for the lack of comprehension, patience, and interest. They play
favorites, they “grade” your art based on their own nonsensical
personal ideals, they are prejudice against you because of your
abilities. They are jealous that you are more talented or
more technically proficient than they are. They dislike you because
you are a minority. They dislike you because you are
an individual. It's that bad and I am NOT exaggerating.
I would have actually liked to learn how films were
made during my stint in the illustrious film and video
department, but instead I got trampled by talentless grad students,
close minded hollywood burn-outs, and even ex-porn industry guys(!). I
was told I would have to spend thousands on supplies
to complete assignments that neither interested me or challenged me.
I didn't learn how a film camera worked until I
went to the library and looked in a book. I
was NOT taught anything I couldn't have learned myself.
is a beautiful, beautiful city, but the school of art
and design is a horrible place to be if you're
young and interested in art. You can very easily attend
a small, less expensive school and go much further than
SCAD will take you. I promise you that.