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
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.
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.