I would not recomment this school, as a matter of fact, I am considering transferring to Academy of Arts in San Francisco, probably one of the best fashion schools on the West coast. I am an A/B student. And 2 B’s I have I didn’t deserve. I should have straight A’s and two B’s. You read my situation, and you tell me your personal opinion. I promise I won’t bite.
This is a letter I sent to my program chair at school.
I have had a few problems with some of my teachers here.
Sorry it is soooo long
A) Shane Johnson. In my Fashion Sketching I class we went over our final grade and I was told I would recieve and A if I got an A on my final, which I got a 95.%. Perhaps he had erased some participation points for being absent which may have lowered me to a B, but I was in Hawaii for a court trial I could not avoid.
In Fashion Sketching II there was an exceptionally talented student and other students, including I, who felt we were constantly being compared to her. I feel like a grade curve was based off of her work making it harder to attain an A. He constantly had his favorites and although he claims this was not the case, several students would agree with me. I feel some students are more exceptionally gifted than others and that grading for art classes should be broken down. IE: use of color 20%, use of pattern/textures 20%, Highlight/lowlights 20%, Proportion 20%, 10% Creativity/Design, 5% Overall presentation, and 5% Neatness. This shows you understand the concepts and techniques involved in making a croquis, and say if you are not an exceptionally gifted artist, if the teacher decides it isn’t “good enough” 5% will not wreck your grade. And we will understand how we got our grade, versus a teacher looking a piece of art and just saying, this looks like a 70%. Breakdown of grades makes it more fair.
Also, I have never used guache before. He told us to paint assuming I had already known how to do it. I have never used guache in my life. So after I had to tell him we needed instruction, he was like “don’t make me do the guache presentation.” I was like yeah, I need it, I’ve never worked with guache before. I mean I’m here to learn about art, I’m not suppose to just do it on my own. If I was going to just do art on my own without any instruction then I wouldn’t pay to go to a school to learn nothing. I have never drawn a croquis using the 9 heads/boxes technique. Since they changed the syllabus, I missed the croquis section in sketching I and only did flats. So my sketching II was mostly review of sketching I, reviewing flats. When it was time to do croquis, he didnt’ want to teach us how to do the boxes. He assumed everyone had already learned it. I wasn’t the only one who didn’t, 2 other students didn’t as well. But to assume I had already known it was absurd, and he should have been teaching it regardless of if we know it or not. I feel that what we are learning, and what we should be learning are not matching up. I would like to learn more about art. I’ve had beginner art classes in the past, but say somebody who hasn’t, will be completely lost. I have drawn spheres with shadows, thus teaching us the theory of highlights and lowlights. Some students need that simple exercise just to understand. I was never taught how to use prisma markers or how to use light and dark. I feel the teachers just kind of throw us into it and assume we understand it. I’ve done a lot of my research on my own, or learned from other students. I like Shane as a person, but he is a horrible teacher, and I feel what is taught needs structure and needs to be congruent with other teachers.
Overall what upset me the most is that I had the stomache flu for an entire week. I emailed him that I was very ill and he emailed me that 3 croquis were due that week, and the final (6) the following week. When I came to class the following week, I was the only student with my 3 croquis. Shane said all 9 croquis were due that day, and that he was accepting no later work. I told him that I had the 3 he emailed me to do, he told me the wrong info, and that I should get to turn it in next week. He said no, that won’t be acceptable, and I finished 2 more croquis during class and turned in 5/9 for a 70%, a C. The other 2 girls who only had a few croquis brought in their assignments the following week and got A’s. This really upset me, as it was his fault he emailed me the wrong information. He is constantly changing his mind and making up the rules as we go. And he told me he will not accept late work. Then they got A’s on their late work. That was completely unfair! I had a high B that would have been a low A. I find it very unfair.
B) Mr Nixon. Last term I had him in Politics. It was a very large, energetic, and outspoken class. Politics is a sensitive subject and everyone has something to say about it. I saw he was frustrated with not being able to control the class. He yells at students a lot, and threatens to minus 2 points off our grade every time we leave the classroom, even if its to use the bathroom, or take a phone call, or get a drink or something. He sees us on the phone, or if someone disrupts the class he is minusing two points constantly. This isn’t elementary school. I don’t feel I need to ask permission to use the bathroom, or leave the room to answer a phone call from my bank, or even simple as go to get a bottle of water because I am thirsty. I pay for my education, I am paying for these teacher’s salaries, and if I want to get a drink or use the bathroom, it shouldn’t affect my grade, or feel like we are breaking some kind of rules. This is ridiculous and I can’t believe I am being subjected to this scrutiny just because a teacher has a control issue.
One time I was helping my boyfriend, who didn’t speak english well, with a definition we were discussing. Mr Nixon immediately yelled at me and told me minus 2 participation points. We weren’t being disruptive or distracting. We were following the lecture. Another time we were suppose to write down ideas, and we had one pen so we were sharing. Mr Nixon felt the need to stop class to yell at him for not writing stuff down. We were doing the work, but instead of evaluating the situation, not only is he quick to judge and quick to snap, he disrupts the learning process to “scold” students as if we are children.
I got a C in his class, I did very well A/Bs on all quizes and projects. I believe I did poorly on the last test which I didn’t recieve a score for yet, which is why I asked him to print me out a print out of a breakdown of my grade. Then he blurted out in front of the class that I almost failed the last test. So I asked him why are we discussing my grades in front of the class. Then he asked to speak to me in the hallway and tried to discuss and argue about my participation points. I told him I don’t want to discuss it I just want to see a breakdown for myself to analyze. He insisted I listened to him, and when I did he didn’t have anything relevant to say, so I told him he needed to chill out and stop yelling at me, because he was getting upset. He didn’t, so I told him that this conversation was done and that I want a print out of my grade. There’s nothing to discuss. I was absent once for my daughter being sick, then one week for me having severe stomach flu. He told me if I missed my presentation that I”d get an F, so I came in to do the presentation even though I was severely sick. In the bathroom every 10 minutes. And had a child at home throwing up every 5 minutes. He demanded a drs note. I don’t have medical, and I toughed it out. Besides with stomach flu, there’s not much a dr can do. I’m not going to pay $150 to go to a dr, money that I don’t have. Another time I was in Hawaii for more court cases. He demanded a court paper, confidential documents I didn’t feel comfortable sharing with him. Everytime I miss class, it’s minus participation points. And The class as a whole was out of control, I don’t feel it was fair for him to blame certain students. One time the whole class was talking, and he turned around and yelled at a certain student (he has certain students he likes to blame.) And yelled at her for talking, which was funny because she wasn’t even talking, when the rest of the class was. I feel he is frustrated with not having control of the class, but blaming specific students and dropping our grades is wrong and unfair. As a matter of fact, the 3 students he blame the most are all in his same class this term, and we have no problems in this class. I feel it was the class as a whole and should be addressed accordingly.
C) Miss King is rude, and has a bad attitude towards students, several students have gotten in arguments with her. Several students dislike her bad attitude, but don’t speak out against her. Several time she has nagged me without even evaluating the situation. She started yelling at me, when I wasn’t even talking. I don’t think anyone was. Another time she yelled at me to get off the computer. I wasn’t even on the computer. I had a headache and just wasn’t really paying attention to her lecture which I learned by myself by reading chapter 1. Whether or not if I am applying myself, or listening to her lecture, which she screams the whole time and is annoying and the reason for my migraines, I pay to go to school here, and I am an A/B student, and currently hold an A in her class as well, and it is up to me to apply myself, which I think I do well. I don’t need a teacher yelling at me for stupid things she doesn’t properly evaluate. One time she even said she was going to make us put our heads down on the table. This is ludicrous. I don’t pay this kind of money to be talked to like a 5 year old. She says she use to teach elementary school. Maybe that’s where she should teach because she obviously has a huge personality disorder.
In a discussion we were having, she asked if some of us were efficient enough to do a specific task. I feel confident, and said yes, I do. As it turns out, I am efficient enough to do research, and write essays. As a matter of fact, I write a blog, and this letter is going in it. This all requires ample logic, researching skills and writing. I am currently also writing a book. She got upset, and told me to go to the deans office and drop the class. I mean, regardless of if I find a class informative or useful or not, I still need to take it as a requirement to graduate. So, I confronted her, and asked her why she is putting me on the spot, and trying to make everyone in the class feel like they’re incompetent to do the things we are learning about. I do feel confident, and I don’t need you putting me on the spot in front of the class and giving me attitude about it. To be honest, I feel like Information Literacy is a complete joke. I feel it can be informative to some students. But I honestly feel like it has been a waste of my time and money. And with her bad attitude everytime I come to class, it makes it harder to learn when the teacher is being rude to the students constantly and yelling the whole time.
This has lead me to the dilemma of deciding if I want to continue education at this school, or if I would recommend the school to others as well. I pay a lot of money to attend this school. I don’t pay that kind of money to be disrespected by teachers, or get grades I don’t deserve.