Emeryville, CA
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Reviews 85 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Student Body: My school is very divers and everyone is nice to each other. The teachers are good and respectful to the students. Since its a small school everyone knows each other or well end up to get to know every in a year. The college make you feel like home and sometime better than that. I very happy I'm going to Ex'pression college.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: This school has everything you could need in terms of actual equipment to use. There are lots of rooms fully decked out for student work. There are a few resources to help in transportation like a shuttle that goes to BART, but I have yet to look for any other helping hands.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: If You Know Accelerated Programs, This Might Be the Right One. Before applying and enrolling at Expressions, I went to DeVry University. Both schools are accelerated and have super high tuitions. Both schools are worth the money, but Expression not only has unique majors, but they provide all resources needed to really succeed. At DeVry, it was a more "fend for yourself" kind of mentality and atmosphere.

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2 College Junior

Student Body: Huge Male Population – I gave this school a C on diversity because this school is largely dominated male population which being a straight male is not the best when you think along the terms of diversity of the sexes.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Major Animated Experience – My major is Animation and Visual Effects it is the broadest reaching major in my school, meaning that I will sample most of the Majors while keeping a focus on Animation. By the time I have graduated I will have dipped my feet into Motion Graphics, Sound Arts, Film making, and Game Art and Design. All I need to do is find my niche in this Industry.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Accelerated Problem – My schooling is on a accelerated program which means that I have 8 week semesters. This means that I have a small amount of time to sponge up all of the information that the teachers can through at us! It is only a problem when I do not understand a certain section that they are teaching, so it is difficult to retain that knowledge! On the bright side I've found that if I do not get something, the school offers so much resources that I can use on my free time to catch up, so this problem before becomes more of a challenge than a problem.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pushes You for the Better – The school is very hard and sometimes very annoying. But it pushes you into being a better artist.

1 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: There Is No Flexibility – They do not transfer credits, only degrees. If your in a smaller program, there is no other time slot you can take a class except for the one your given. Its hard to have a job and come here,

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3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Hard Program – In every course you choose to take at this school, its difficult. Do not come here if your not sure or you THINK it would be cool to do soothing. You will not make it. Come here if you know what you want to do and are prepared for crazy hours and extremely tough sources. You must be passionate to be here.

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4 College Junior

Campus Resources: The best equipment for filmmaking, sound animation, game or design are in Ex'pression. Small classes are a blessing. Access to professional gear and studio is a plus in my book.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Is absolutely fantastic. Professors are very involved with the students and everyday I'm learning about digital media in ways that we can conduct business and improve the overall quality of our life.

4 College Junior

Student Body: Filming $Poiled – I got the best experience with some of the body students while filming the movie $poiled. We got Sound Art students, Motion Graphic Design students and we got along very well. People are still enjoying this movie. It has been feature in Youtube: $poiled: http://youtu.be/615foo_K6Jc via @youtube

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Film $Poiled – In my first year at the Expression College of Digital Arts we the student's of Motion Film choose to direct and produce a movie about how a spoiled kid was awaken by a punk action. We have chosen a script with a message. I have acted as a Director and a Producer in this 8 minutes film. We also have used my house and my car a Kia Sorrento in the city of Mill Valley, CA to film it. Here is the link of the movie enjoy:

$POILED: http://youtu.be/615foo_K6Jc via @youtube

5 College Junior

Online Courses: Simple Yet Perfect – The online GE is aimed to get a basic concept of the subject without loads of homework. Many assignments need the students to gather information for themselves inorder to learn instead of reading text and answering questions. The class can be hard if not taken right, but with following all the rules and committing to the research these classes make and easy and extremely effective learning style that isn't a waste of time.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school felt like an amazing summer program that's geared towards hands on learning and and small student to teacher ratio. The administration is a little corporate but the teachers and classes are designed by genius'. Everything is real life application that moved a good pace allowing students to really understand the material before moving on. Expression also has many connections in the bay area as well as access to the most amazing musicians students could practice recording.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Environment and Program – Ex'pressions environment and unique accelerated program truly set it apart from other schools. The environment is extremely artistic and exciting. Everyone that attends the school wants to be there and are willing to do anything to keep going. Its an extremely exciting environment. The schools unique program is also very nice. Each class is only eight weeks long and all this all helps students achieve their bachelors degree in a matter of two and a half years. The school is extremely exciting.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Teachers Are Extremely Knowledgeable. The teachers at Ex'pressions are extremely knowledgeable in their field. Many work outside in the industry and are up to date with new technology, bands, movies, everything in their particular industries. Some teachers at the school are better at getting the point of the lecture across than others and some come to class unprepared. One time a teacher was flipping through a slide show that they did not make and literally went "I don't know what this is, lets move on". As a student that can be some what nerving. But for the most part the teachers are extremely knowledgeable.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Online Classes Are Difficult. Seeing how the school is set up differently than normal colleges, I will not be attending any actual on-site academic courses. They are all online and are only there to fulfill the academic side of a bachelor degree. The classes are all structured differently depending on the teacher. Each class has a book that you must pick up at the library in the beginning of the semester. Some are rather unorganized in the way that there is not set system. They often have random assignments due at random times of the week rather than a set structure. This makes it difficult because if you do not check one day then you might miss an assignment or you might not. These assignments can be anything from writing essays, responding to questions in the book, or answering questions on the schools discussion board. The teachers seem to be knowledgeable in their topics but it is rather difficult to determine this seeing how there are no real lectures and the courses mostly book work with answers that can be easily found in the book. They are typically very good about responding to any questions that you have via email and some are even willing to meet in person to discuss more serious issues. At the beginning of each week they send out emails that outline the material for the week.
I do not enjoy online classes. Not only are they difficult to keep up on, the material does not stick. It just washes away after the final. I do not enjoy online classes.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: 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 Sophomore

Career Services: 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.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: 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.

3 College Junior

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!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: 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

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: Expression helps every student obtain their dream job. It makes working there exciting and makes teh students feel successful.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: 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.


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