Anonymous asked: Hi! I was recently accepted to both Parsons and SVA, as a photo major. I was wondering if you had heard anything about SVA (through friends of friends, transfers, etc.) whether it be positive or negative and if you think the education at Parsons is more promising. I've read nearly every thread comparing the two and explaining the curriculums. I've also heard that the departments outside of fashion are highly rejected at Parsons, is there any truth to this? Thank you so much.
Hey! Congratulations on your acceptance to both Parsons and SVA. I don’t know if you know this or not, but the curriculum changed at Parsons in the photography department. When I was a freshman, we had direct entry photo, which means we were allowed to skip foundation year (2D, 3D, Lab, etc) and take photo related classes.
Overall, I enjoy the photo program at Parsons. Parsons students have an amazing reputation and the photo program is very much like a family. People seemed to be very impressed when I mention that I attend Parsons for photography.
It’s an expensive school and an investment. Honestly, you’re paying for the name. But, I love Parsons A LOT and I am so glad to be surrounded by such creative individuals.
Every department is well respected (for the most part), and I don’t think all of the other programs are rejected. The fashion department is HUGE, whereas the photo department is not. I actually know many people who transferred from SVA/FIT to Parsons because they were unhappy at SVA/FIT.
If you haven’t already, visit both schools and see which one you like the most. My first impression on SVA was that it was too much like high school, and Parsons was more like a real college. I personally just disliked the environment at SVA.