College Senior 2012-06-17T03:08:38Z
Ex'pressions Is Great but Not Quite There – I love the school, I love the environment and I love the people that attend. But there are just certain things that sort of erk me that bring the grade down a little.
The school is great because all of the courses that you take at the campus involve your field. You won't have to attend any math classes or random ones that don't fit your major (with the exception of online courses). The first few semesters you are there you go through common core classes to give you a basic overview of the different things that you can do at the school. This is great because it gets your feet wet. You eventually move on out of the common core and start taking degree specific classes. I have yet to get tot hat point seeing how I still am in common core classes. Everyone at the school is great and friendly and the teachers really know what they are talking about when they teach but a few things that happen really bother me.
Some of the the teachers, despite their knowledge and expertise in their individual fields, just do not know how to teach. They have know idea how to properly prepare a lecture and maintain a class. One teacher became extremely frustrated with my class because no one knew what to do. He blamed it on the fact that we were not really paying attention but I find it hard to believe that out of 30+ students, no one knew what to do. I also had another teacher tell me that my project was the weakest in the class. I find that these small events make the school and the individual teachers seem highly unprofessional.
Despite these issues, I really enjoy the school. I love the program, the people and the environment. I cannot wait to begin my degree specific courses.
College Senior 2012-04-07T04:53:28Z
Career Center Helpful – After I graduated, the career center must find me a job regardless of the location it is at. For now I am just a freshmen at my school so I am not so sure what will happen in the future but I am hoping that my school will pick a job location close to my parents place so I can contact them so they would not worry.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-19T09:50:03Z
Lots of Options – There are no n00b professors to be found here. They're all hardened industry professionals. Several of my teachers have worked with ILM, Lucas Arts, Sony Entertainment, etc etc...
There isn't a lot of time for classes outside the strict track you start on at the beginning of your 36 months, which is a shame. If you're a visual student, you'll never get close to the sound lab...EVER.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-19T09:46:42Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
I know my financial aid adviser by name, and he recognizes me. However, it's been difficult to actually borrow enough money to pay for schooling AND live in the bay area. It's expensive out here and the accelerated schedule is like a full time job and a half!
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-19T09:45:06Z
Don't Expect to Sleep! Overall, I'm happy with my current education at Ex'pression. The classes are interesting and engaging, and the staff are some of the best in the industry. The condensed "fast track" classes, eight weeks each, are rough but they're designed to get you ready for the speed of digital entertainment industry. The school carries more energy drink machines than soda machines! The campus is open 25/7, which is nice because you can expect to pull many all-nighters at Ex'pression
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-04T17:49:05Z
Expression helps every student obtain their dream job. It makes working there exciting and makes teh students feel successful.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-04T17:47:03Z
Expression Review – The teachers are great and understanding, and the techonology is adcanved unlike many other shcools. There is always help available and it is very easy and fun to attend.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-04T17:38:25Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Tutition and Aid – I recieved help and some financial aid, however, it was not enough, leaving me no choice but to apply for more aid.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-19T21:01:31Z
Career Gold – There are always job postings around the school form the career center, There are also many programs that they work with to help students enter the working world with ease such as GANG[Game Audio Network Guild] and AES[Audio Engineering Society].
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-19T20:57:27Z
I believe that there is a Student body but if it could do less I think it would be non-existent. The events planned are very sparse and most often have very limited space. Which is very uncool...
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-19T20:41:46Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Not for Your Average Hand Holder. They all do their job but it feel kind of rushed. It feels like they want you in and out of financial aid as fast as possible before you realize how much it costs.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-08T16:33:58Z
State of the Art – I attend a technology school and so our computers are state of the art, not saying they don't have issues, but its a computer, that is just the nature of the beast. Everything is easy to use and find. It is very convenient being able to find drop boxes and assignments over the network, we even have storage space. Very helpful to have fast reliable equipment.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-08T16:27:48Z
Saves the Commute – Online classes are helpful in my fast paced school. Being able to attend class from my home was very helpful and saved a lot of time off my weekly commute. Logging on in my own time frame is very convenient, but also good practice for time management. Over all I was fond of my online classes.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-10T18:45:38Z
Digital Art – I wish the professors were more involved with the students here, but understand it must be hard to have a personal relationship with us since the student body is so large. However, whenever I've gone to a teacher with a specific question, she's been more than happy to sit down with me. The major complaint I have about the school is that the class registration process is a hassle. It's all done online, but the system is super slow and I've been closed out of classes I really need
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-09T01:44:24Z
Classes can start and end at any hour of the day. So far my craziest class has started at 4pm and ended at 12am. Many classes start at 12am and don't end til 4am or later. You will not find a school with a crazier class schedule. This is mostly due to the lack of classroom space, so the school utilizes every classroom to the max. The school also sets up students for working in the industry, because these hours are realistic when working in this field. This also creates frustrations when working in part time work, for not only are classes at extremely random times, but your term schedule changes every five weeks. This has caused hardship for students trying to find part time work. As far as credits go, Ex'pression transfers any general education classes a student has taken prior to attending Ex'pression if taken at a community college.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-09T01:04:54Z
Fun for All! Ex'pression allows you to graduate in 2 1/2 years when any other school would make you graduate in 4 years. The school is accredited and is designed with the students in mind. No other school allows you to shoot music videos for real bands, or make documentaries with motion graphics and student-made music. Signed bands come to Ex'pression for private concerts as well. There are these little perks and more that make Ex'pression stand out from the rest. The school is open 24/7 to allow students to come in at all parts of the day to work on their projects, whether they be for school or personal. The campus is pretty small, but is utilized to the max.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-09T00:59:58Z
Best Decision I Made – Ex'pression College for Digital Arts is not for everyone. However, I could not have made a better choice for my college education. Not only do they promise a Bachelors degree in about 2 1/2 years, they give you all the resources and more to allow you to succeed. The teachers are your direct connection into the industry you are trying to get into. The people there could not be more friendly - it seems everyone is there for the right reason, and they all want to help each other out. Classes are short and accelerated, so each class is fulfilling and worth the students' time. I would pick Ex'pression again in a heartbeat. No school is absolutely perfect, but for Digital Arts, Expression is pretty darn close.
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