As a current building arts student at SCAD i would like to say that first and foremost every university has its faults but the ones everyone speaks of about the administration seems to be shared by most large universities. Administration here is very Overbearing... However I think that this aspect of SCAD Should be viewed also from a slightly different perspective. As designers we are in a constant and crazed search for perfection.. If you are not, you dont belong in this industry. I cant help but see that the administration is on the very same rampage. They may not always go about this in the right way but more importantly it is apparent that they care. The administration at the past two universities I attended did not have such a totalitarian administration.. But to be honest their laissez-faire attitude reflected in every aspect of the school including the students. At both universities it was very apparent that they didnt give a damn about the way they were portaying themselves and in retrospect their students. I pay a ridiculous tuition for SCAD administration to not be relentless in their search for a image of perfection. I dont always agree with their tactics but appreciate their effort as outrageous as it may seem at times.
In respect to previous comments mentioned above about academic freedom and the administration infantilizing the faculty...
First and foremost..
WE ARE NOT JUST ART STUDENTS. We are students preparing ourselves for competitive professional careers. Because of this we should expect SCAD to operate as a corporation not just an educational facility. This gives us as students a taste of the real world. You dont like Paula Wallace? You are furious because she is overpaid? WHO CARES. As professionals half the time we are in the industry we will hate our boss and complain about how they behave like a dictator. I dont even think about Paula other than to laugh about how we have a higher paid president than Harvard... And believe me when i say she is not hendering my education or academic freedom. I do not need an administration to "be nice to me, or baby me because I am a student." This is not elementary school I want a realistic sense of the real world.. Which is all about corporate image. Lets face it corporate image and branding are SCAD's top priorities.
In response to the complaint about how the work put up in the halls must be approved by the administration..
First of all, it should be noted that this is approved by the chair of your department who is also a designer or professional in your major, not just some out of loop administrator with no design background. Secondly, THANK GOD someone approves the work. How would it look to visiting professionals and recruiters who walk through our halls to see mediocre work on the walks? Think they would want to hire SCAD students then? It makes sense fir the best of the best to be on exhibit.. That is who makes it in life. Get used to it.
SCAD is preparing me for a competitve workplace and industry and I am proud to say I am getting my education here. The atmosphere is competitive and inspiring, my professors and peers have pushed me to the point that i know regardless of the career path I take I can make a strong impression.
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