September 11th, 2003, 10:59 PM
Hey, I am from Brooklyn, my name is Alex and from my experience I can tell that FIT and School Of Visual Arts are great schools, Parsons is good too but it is very expensive and in some areas it is weak. I took 4 pre-college courses at FIT and 2 pre-college courses at School Of Visual arts and I learned a lot about the colleges, about its strenghts and weaknesses. If you live in NY or in NJ area with access to New York then I can recommend pre-college (for High School students) courses at School of Visual Arts. The price is $220 for 1 course (limit 1 course), by course I mean 10, 3 hour lessons from 10:30AM-1:30PM on Saturdays, and you get 1 college credit upon a completion. There are many courses there, I personally took Computer Art, Interior Design, and on will be taking Black And White Photography this fall. The if interested then check www.sva.edu or register (by going to admission office with check or money order for $220, payable to School Of Visual Arts, include name and Social Security number). The admissions office is on 209 East 23rd Street (close to 3rd Avenue) its right accross Baruch College.
I really suggest on taking courses there because it is an excellent opportunity to start thinking about college, it will you and the college get to know eachother, and great thing is that you can earn credits there that will count towards your degree.
FIT offers pre-college courses too, they dont offer credits for them and cost $250 for NY residents and the dificulty level is introductory.
I personally plan to attend FIT and major in Advertisement and Marketting Communications (non art/ business major) and I plan to take art classes as well. I chose FIT because it is innexpensive (SUNY standard - about $3,000 a year for tuition) which FAFSA/Financial Aid can pay off in total (in average financial aid tuition pays for about $13,000-$16,000 for education + for supplies as my friends tell me from their experience). I also know that theres a high probability for me to get a nice paying jobs after I graduate, FIT caters mostly to fashion and related industries such as design firms, toy design companies, fragrances and make up companies, advertisement firms, etc.
Illustration is excellent at FIT, you can either major at Traditional Illustration or at Fashion Illustration. 3D Modeling/Animation is excellent but they improved it since the last year, tradition frehand animation is strong, photography is also strong. Great thing about FIT is that to get a Bachlors (4 year degree) you gotta (required) to get associates (2 year degree) first and then complete another 2 years and the thing is that you can take for example first 2 years of Advertisement Design and another 2 years of Photography and you end up with a 4 year degree.
If you have any Q's then email me at [email protected]