At Siba, we like to emphasize
our 9 to 1 student to teacher ratio because we know it makes a huge difference to
By keeping things small, we believe we provide students with
the nurturing atmosphere they need to succeed: (1) more one-on-one time with
instructors; (2) department chairs who know and understand the strengths and challenges
their students possess; and (3) greater opportunities for field trips,
individualized community projects, and lots of chances to network with industry
professionals are just some of the benefits of a small classroom. So how do
these things help anyone looking for an education in the St. Louis area?
One-on-one time with
Instructors Helps Student Succeed
Need clarity on a topic that was a little fuzzy? Or maybe some extra feedback
on a project? Or perhaps you just want some insights into the professional
world from someone who still works in the field. No problem!
Small classes, by their very nature create an intimate
environment where instructors know the names and faces of the students they
serve. No need to set a formal appointment or to compete for attention with
hundreds or even dozens of your peers.
Teachers Know your
Strengths and Challenges
It’s pretty common for students to have subjects in which
they excel and others that prove to be more challenging. With small classes,
though, your department chair, along with the academic dean, can identify if
you’re struggling and make some adjustments. That might mean special tutoring
or spending extra class time on a particular subject.
As for playing to student strengths, our Environmental
Issues class (pictured below) learned they could use their skills across
program disciplines to present a well-researched plan to improve energy use at
Lots of Individualized
Opportunities for Projects, Field Trips, and Networking
Siba instructors know the impact their students can have in the real world, in
the St. Louis area and beyond. That means opportunities where they can show off
their talent. For a Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising student who is an
amazing stylist, that might mean a recommendation for a fabulous
runway opportunity. For an Interior
Design student who has a knack for transforming commercial spaces, that might
mean a chance to revamp
plans for an office.
Graphic Design students also get the support they need to
find their niche – whether it’s a Skype meeting with the creator of the
Backyardigans (pic below), or a chance to completely redesign Siba’s banners.
At Siba, we view small class sizes as a path for students to
discover their full potential. To find out more about Siba, or to sit in on one
of our small classes, contact an Admissions