University of Michigan - Stamps School of Art & Design Reviews
I just accepted my offer for the School of Information and will be transferring out of Stamps. Me and several of my friends (5 of them, to be specific) all started our freshman year in Stamps. Next semester, only one of them will still be in Stamps. The classes are hit or miss depending on the professors. Some of them are unqualified to teach, but some are amazing. It's hard to get into classes that you want, especially the upper level classes, some of which have THREE prereqs. The portfolio expo they advertise every year does not have good opportunities for recruitment—they usually bring in small companies and startups that hire unpaid/min wage interns. (One time they even brought in RoosRoast?) Overall, Stamps does not seem to care enough about the development of students and to be honest I'm transferring because despite excelling in my studios, I feel like I haven't learned ANYTHING.
The program uses an interdisciplinary approach but uses that an excuse to not flesh out any mediums. Majority of classes are just intro levels and theres no way to delve into most mediums, instead you just briefly touch on each medium. The work taught to students is all very classically proficient but isn't innovative. Sophomore-Senior year most classes are elective studios which honestly remind me a lot of my high school studios. It looks like there are a lot of courses but most courses aren't offered year round. The courses all expect far too little from the students and aren't challenging enough. Whole programs are entirely discontinued, for example they closed the dark room this year. The program is good for kids who want to double major in an academic field, but I am transferring to a stronger art school.
Stamps is a great program for those who wish to have an interdisciplinary education. There are not majors and you can take whatever classes you want...that is if you get into them. The administration is out of touch with students and makes talking to them pretty much impossible. The professors at Stamps are all amazing; the issue is the administration not understanding student needs and not having an open ear to hear and change issues plaguing students. Had I know I would struggle to get into the classes I wanted every year, I would have reconsidered going to Stamps.