Sep '04 - Aug '08
After hearing from a friend at Columbia (hey DL!) that he's suffering from scheduling woes with classes piling up work at an unmanageable pace, I thought it might be worthwhile to mention the way similar issues are dealt with here.
So far the school has been very willing to re-arrange our schedules around the core studios. If you have a history paper due on the same day as a crit, the paper due date is moved. If there's a drawing class the morning of the crit it's canceled. In short, studio is your most important class and the administration is very forthright about this. I remember getting used to the hours and workload in ugrad and wished that someone would be willing to move around due dates for me. I'm under the assumption that this is a sort of special treatment only extended to the first semester core students but it seems like just the thing to ease the anxiety of those students who may not have an architectural background and are still getting used to the demands of studio.
It's really nice to be able to focus on studio, but at the same time I feel a little bit ripped off; we're not getting any refunds for those canceled classes! This is a really expensive way to buy peace of mind.