Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

  www.expression.edu
  www.expression.edu
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Great place for a part-time instructor position.

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Current Employee - Instructor  in  Emeryville, CA
Current Employee - Instructor in Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

Pros

Ex'pression College for Digital Arts is a proprietary school that allows students to earn a degree in 2 and 1//2 years - if they choose. They can also go for 4 years, again, their choice. The school only gives four degrees - all geared toward people who want to work in the film, recording or animation fields. The school has really great students - they are bright, inquisitive, taalented and do the work needed to learn. Management and administration is also very helpful. Teaching always has a certain amount of stress involved but the atmosphere of mutual support among teachers, administration and management is great. I feel very respected and supported by adminstration.

Cons

All the jobs for teachers are pretty much part time. One or perhaps two courses in one 5 week module. However, the school has a large enrollment so once you start teaching a required course you can pretty much keep on teaching. Unfortunately, teacher turnover is high because the job is so very part time. It is hard to make a living from just part time teaching. And, of course, part-time instructors do not have benefits. It can work out if you have insurance, etc. through a partner or spouse.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep a little closer eye on some of your teachers. Unfortunately, longevity seems to confer a kind of immunity - no one asks whether the students are learning.

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    Expression College is a dying bloated dinosaur

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts part-time

    Pros

    Many of the people that work here are great. Lab instructors are great. Most course directors are wonderful. World class studios that instructors can use.

    Cons

    Students are misled.

    The sound program at this college is basically a $100,000 trade school that uses subjective marketing & psychology to lure in two main student demographics. One are poor kids that will end up in debt their entire lives and the other are spoiled wealthy kids who's parents are paying for a relatively easy college experience. This targeting is completely known, overt and done intentionally.

    Social and financial mismanagement

    Structurally the college's CFO has dropped the ball and now students are ineligible for CalGrants. The "sound arts" program emphasizes non-marketable skill sets. This in an age where most of what they teach can be done online for next to nothing. If you do a craigslist search for any of the technologies or the software they teach (Pro Tools, MaxMSP, Logic Pro) the entire query will come up empty unless you do a search for A/V work, which is a 30K a year gig on average (low).
    The teacher-management culture here is based on conformity and not "hard reality". In short, being forthright and to the point with anyone "higher up" will get you ignored or marginalized, and all the while the gate keepers will pretend " your input counts! ". Many of the instructors are leaving or intend to leave. The sound arts director is under qualified compared to those here who have master degrees and/or PHD's. In short, the smart people are leaving and the poseurs and dunces are inheriting decision making roles. If you want to work for a growing company that's going somewhere and you actually care about education don't work at Ex'pression College. If you want a job with access to world class studios where everything revolves around superficial assumptions that are on the downslide then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a more authentic relationship with the people on the ground who work here. Also, make sure to give them credit if you decide to steal any of their ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great Family run higher education atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Passionate and easy to work with staff that are committed to a quality education in a challenging environment. Lots of room for promotion and innovation throughout the ranks.

    Cons

    Higher education is at a breaking point that needs the immediate attention of the masses. In comparison to other countries, the US is in dire need of a serious transformation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of faculty and program directors that are the backbone of this school.

    Recommends
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