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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Mircea Popescu

Mircea Popescu
Professor (2008 – 2014)
Drexel (DU)
Visual Studies
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3.7857***+
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Rated by 14 students
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Fall 2014 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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DSMR 101
VSST 101
VSST 102
VSST 103

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VSST 102
Design II
1*
Pros: You can deduce your grade based on his comment when he sees your project.
Cons: Extremely picky.

-If he likes you, no matter what you do he will grade you high.

-If he does not like you (usually for no reason), he will yell at you and all you did is wrong.

Extremely vague on his requirement.

-He will use 2-hours class time doing nothing, and use 10 mins to explain requirements for new project. You never know what he will like.
When I chose his class, I saw some comments said he was picky and his grade depends mostly on his mood and personal feeling. I thought it will be fine if I try to follow his feeling and behave in the way he likes.

After taking this class, I've been through the worst experience in my entire college time. I found out that he dislike you for no reason and you cannot change it. I really tried.

At last, he start to yell at me and my classmates, I was about to report this to our department.



In a word, DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS!!!!!!!!!

Taking his class is the worst thing happened this year. It is not about the grade, it is about keeping a good mood.

RIP future Popescu students.
Professor rated by: Graphic Design Student on August 24, 2015
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VSST 101
Design I
3***
Pros: He gives a lot of time to get projects done, he's not unwilling to explain the objectives, he cares to an extent about his students, he is a fair grader. Cons: He, at least for my class, has a tendency to get very critical in a way that is not productive if he feels that you do not understand the project. On more than one occasion, he has more or less berated students for work that he feels is not up to par, but does not fully explain what he wants or how to achieve the result he wants. In other words, he gives tons of criticism, none of which is constructive. It is difficult to predict how he will behave at times.
Professor rated by: Film & Video Student on November 26, 2009
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VSST 101
Design I
3***
Pros: An icon

Subjectively easier than every other design professor

Projects won’t take as long and have less requirements than other professors
Cons: Unclear directions

Doesn’t give good feedback or push you

I had Popescu twice, and out of all the design professors at Drexel, he is the most chill and has the least rigorous coursework. His projects are pretty basic but he’s quite unclear about the directions and doesn’t teach you much, nor does he push you to do better. If you at least follow the guidelines and have good craft you’ll get between a B and an A (never an A+). You get one project a week and one of the two class sessions is just a working session (you can almost always leave early). It gets pretty monotonous after a while though. Still love him.
Professor rated by: Student on November 9, 2018
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VSST 101
Design I
2**
Positive aspects of this professor and the way he teaches the class: He's a pretty fair grader and compared to other Design teachers, he doesn't give that much work. Gives you a lot of time to work on projects in class, too.



Negative aspects of this professor and the way he teaches the class: Can run very hot and cold and often plays favorites. Getting a good grade on an assignment is more or less figuring out a particular formula; he likes a very specific look that is easy to figure out once you've seen it, and if you do anything outside that general realm, he probably won't like it. Class involves very little creativity.
Professor rated by: Student on January 3, 2010
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VSST 103
Design III
4****
Popescu was a pretty cool guy - even though I don't think I ever learned to pronounce his name correctly. Has kind of a heavy accent, but is easy to understand when he's talking to you one-on-one. The workload is medium-light. He gives you a LOT of time to plan/sketch for projects, so that is great because if you finish that stage early you can just go ahead and get the thing done. Loves simplistic things - don't make anything too complicated, and always be able to explain WHY you chose to do everything. He seems a little too serious at first - but joke around with him a bit and he'll warm right up!
Professor rated by: Student on August 9, 2007
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VSST 101
Design I
5*****
Definitely an amusing guy. You can't help but smile when he says things like "cool" and "yes... pretty good" in his thick accent. He is very nice, cares for his students, always willing to help, gives compliments and knows how to give constructive criticism.

He is a very fair grader but maybe plays favorites. I am not sure, because I think I was one of his favorites (so I am not complaining). If I could take him again I would! He likes simplicity and things that are clean and well crafted.

Let me know if you ever spot him wearing a non-neutral color article of clothing.
Professor rated by: Student on November 14, 2007
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VSST 103
Design III
5*****
Pros: Not to many projects so you never feel overwhelmed with work

Explains projects well and shows examples from previous students

Does not give lower then a B
If you keep the project simple and do the project the way he wants it to be you can easily get an A in this course
Professor rated by: Interior Design Student on June 7, 2011
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VSST 101
Design I
4****
Pros: Not too many projects compared to other classes. Mireca is a nice guy with a modernist approach to art. If you follow his European lead, you will surely succeed.
Cons: Not so much room for your own creative freedom.
His accent <3
Professor rated by: Graphic Design Student on October 30, 2014
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VSST 103
Design III
5*****
Pros: He's nice if he likes you
You have to get on his good side with the first project cause then he'll love all your work

As long as you have reasoning for what you do he likes it

Fair grader, in my opinion.
Professor rated by: Design & Merchandising Student on February 7, 2012
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VSST 101
Design I
3***
a design teacher that gives pretty simple projects that hates when you complicate something. does not give much instruction so you have to experiment. he has favorites and those students get the "A."
Professor rated by: Student on July 20, 2006
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VSST 101
Design I
5*****
Pros: Super nice and understanding, gives a light workload compared to others, funny, personable, gives mostly As and Bs
Cons: sometimes hard to understand, sometimes an asshole when it comes to critiques
Professor rated by: Design & Merchandising Student on October 23, 2011
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DSMR 101
4****
A good teacher for Design 101. Gives lecture and makes you do a lot of sketches before projects.
Professor rated by: Student on January 4, 2006
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VSST 103
Design III
5*****
lots of sketches but lots of time to work on each project
Professor rated by: Student on May 26, 2004
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VSST 103
Design III
4****
Pros: easy grader
Cons: very picky
you'll get a good grade in the end.
Professor rated by: Design & Merchandising Student on March 2, 2011
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