Full Sail University Reviews - Bachelor's in Video Game Design

1.79 out of 5 stars
(20 Reviews)
11% of 20 students said this degree improved their career prospects
20% of 20 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Andy - 12/2/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"The first four classes were good, the instructors were always there for questions and there were weekly lectures and lots of interactions. Then began the real Full Sail school experience. I cannot speak to on campus students but I can tell you about one year of online school and it was bad. Vague instructions, no teaching or anyone to teach you, and extravagant assignments where you literally were told to watch You Tube videos to learn what to do. Save yourself thousands of dollars and just watch You Tube and you'd learn more and not have the debt than you will at Full Sail. Or find yourself a nonprofit university and see what the college experience can be like. Full Sail did not take any previous school credits. They are four times more expensive than my current university. They are a degree mill and likely will go the way of ITT when all their accreditations get pulled. Do not believe the advertising, it is false. You will be angry, frustrated, given intense assignments with no idea what to do and no help to get there. They will try to fail you in order to get you to take the class again, they have NO incentive for you to pass. They can make twice as much if you fail and they will liberally fail you or overwhelm you to the point of failing. I beg you, look elsewhere."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Spencer Crowell - 9/25/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"I first arrived at FullSail University as a transfer student, from a college that had a traditional offline class attendance structure. The change to the Online format of FullSail's online courseware was a welcome, and very different change from what I was used to. It's truly no lie, FullSail's method of classes does allow you a great degree of freedom to learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, and to schedule your time for coursework appropriately, allowing you to work to any schedule. During my time with the University, FullSail was in the process of redesigning their entire courseware online, and the flow of my own degree program. This did present a lot of difficulty following the program as things were changed, giving a feeling of 'the rail being placed in front of the oncoming train.' Their improvements were relatively worth it though, it's a lot more streamlined. The only other complaint I could have with the construction of the classes themselves, was it seemed most of them still focused on being able to be in a physical location, when no one in the class was actually attending on-campus classes. This made for some awkwardness when a great degree of physical work or team interaction was required. As someone who learns at a slower pace than others, however, this program was perfect. I was able to break my study sessions evenly through the week, and being able to focus on just one class a month instead of multiple classes over 4 to 6 months made my education feel comfortable, and open to a pace that was more suited for students than professionals working in a corporation. The difficulty of the coursework was strong enough though that I felt sufficiently challenged throughout the program, and I felt like I was graded appropriately for the quality and amount of work I put into the course. The Professors helped with this by having a great degree of casual attitudes, but just as invested in my education as they might be if I were a frequent attending student in a physical class. To me, as someone who has worked with online courses with different schools in the past, FullSail provided the highest quality online degree experience I've ever encountered. If you're looking for getting a degree without wasting any time, wish to do it from anywhere in the United States, and want a quality education that'll teach you a lot about the subject matter, FullSail University is something I would strongly submit for your consideration."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Vaylerin Vox - 6/14/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2018
"So Full Sail is very poor at communicating and even worse at helping online students. I started knowing I would need to apply for financial aid, which I've done before and have never had any problems. I have gone to school for two other degrees and have been perfectly fine. However, the financial aid department at Full Sail seems to be stretched too far. They have their financial aid team working with both on-campus and online students simultaneously. This leaves the online students such as myself feeling like an afterthought. Four months into the program and I still have documents to complete. I am now past the point of withdrawing classes without owing money and have been sent emails stating that I will be withdrawn from school if I don't pay up. The financial aid department will wait weeks before replying to any of my emails and are never there when I call. (Too busy with campus students.) This doesn't even get into the actual classes. My first class was amazing. Creative Presentation. I had a blast with this class and my instructor was very good at communicating and providing excellent feedback. After that, it all went downhill. My Psychology of play class was literally four weeks of creating a schedule for yourself to help you with time management. This fine but my instructor rarely communicated at all even when grading assignments. I had to constantly ask why I got the grade that I did so I could improve. I thought maybe this was just a not so great class so I pushed through it. I started my Technology in the Entertainment and Media Industry class. Surprise, it was another four weeks of creating a schedule for time management. This to me had nothing to do with the class subject. Again I also had an instructor who rarely spoke to anyone mostly because he was running this online class while simultaneously running a class on campus. All in all, it seems that at least from my experience Full Sail cares very little for their online students. At least not enough to have an instructor and Financial Aid team just for them."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Alli - 4/29/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"Full Sail IS NOT worth 80,000+ dollars, they shortened valuable class hours that used to be extremely helpful and over time have taken away the more challenging assignments that they had in the past. When you go on their website they claim that they give students all of this "creative freedom" and I don't know about other degrees but in Game Art it's NOT TRUE. I have yet to feel like I had creative freedom but in the first 3 months of attending Full Sail. And then after that I don't remember being able to put any true creative flare on ANY project after that. There's always bounds, and 99% of the time if it's not done the way the teacher wants it you fail or get a bad grade. Also as you progress you get a lot of teachers who don't seem as passionate as they are in the first few months, so those months can really get you down. The website is full of lies, from the photos they use on the Game Art page depicting students playing games, in a colorful classroom with posters on the wall, writing on dry erase boards, sharing ideas. Making awesome concepts all the time, working on awesome projects. THAT IS NOT GAME ART. And the best student work which they post on the tumblr blog and on their website all comes from people who 100% dedicate their free time to working on creative pursuits outside of school. (which you should be doing, but 80% of people in Game Art don't) If you really want to know how it is, first off if you're attending campus you have to make sure you're on time, it's such an easy way to fail a class and have to pay big money to retake. (and also makes you seem irresponsible) When you get to class it's about 1 hour and 30 minutes worth of teaching now, (rarely a full 2) In that time period the teacher can't do follow along activities like they used to, and you can't watch them work in a program thoroughly, all you really get are power points, and are told to watch the videos online. (which makes you feel like you should have been an online student instead) After that you have lab, where normally music is played that you may find very distracting, and you have people talking loudly, or chugging up the internet by being off task and playing video games when you may need it to watch that video online you were instructed to watch. And lab is mandatory, so you feel like a little kid, having someone (semi) watch over you making sure you're doing your work in an environment that isn't favorable (unless you're super lucky and your graduating class is highly mature, and your lab instructor isn't a social butterfly) So now you get home and you felt like you wasted 6 hours of your day because the lecture aspect is a powerpoint available for download online, and lab is just you being treated like a elementary school kid. On top of that, they don't care about you and you're problems or what life may throw at students-which is not a surprise because they're just money hungry. And If you're struggling I hope you have a nice advisor because the one I have is aggressive, condescending towards me, and not very helpful. Don't fall for the speech on the Behind the Scenes tour from the Dean. I've been on that tour 5 times, everything from beginning to end is 100% rehearsed, every little joke, "mistake", and "heartfelt" moment. And they take you in a circle around the campus through all of these cool buildings which you won't be in if you're Game Art, because the nicest buildings all belong to recording arts and film kids. You might leave the tour feeling like, yeah the Dean is awesome he get's it! I wanna go here, this school is so different and amazing. The Dean may be a nice guy, but the school is really just after your money, and will of course leach off of your fame if you make it. You don't even get physical copies of books anymore just it's subscription based online books. Almost everything is subscription based, and the model of Wacom that they give you is notorious for the charge port breaking midway through your time on campus. I can't figure out what's worth 80,000 anymore. Don't be a sucker, see past the launch box and the promises of being "different." This school isn't unique it's like any other money hungry college, although I do feel a real university would be 100x's better than Full Sail because at least they would treat you like an adult not a child. And if you honestly want to go here for Game Art/Computer Animation, take online. In the end you really don't need to waste so much money for this, if you're dedicated and work and learn at home, buy gnomon tutorials and learn from there, watch tutorials from famous modelers/sculptors online, etc.... you can make it. Be dedicated, live and breathe the CG lifestyle. You DON'T need to put yourself in an 80,000 hole if this is what you really want to do. Just be dedicated and be willing to reach out to people in the industry. (go to things like GDC to network) I really hope this review is helpful to some of you out there."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Elijah - 9/29/2015
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"Here's a review from the perspective of a current student. I've been in the game design online program since August of 2014, and I have precisely zero complaints about the quality of education offered. They teach you both primary skills, such as moderate programming, scripting, level design, and game design theory, as well as ancillary skills like communication, leadership, psychology and more. All of these areas of study can seem disparate and somewhat disconnected from each other, but it's astounding how many of these elements come together to form a comprehensive understanding and skillset. I'm already much more confident in my ability to work in the game industry than I was when I started, and I'm only half-way done. To those who are looking around to find out what the school is actually like, I'd whole-heartedly recommend it. You see a lot of sceptics pointing fingers at elements like the school being for profit, supposedly low graduation rates, and high cost. Firsthand, having been to several schools in my academic career, especially those with traditional academic merits, I would say that this school has absolutely been the most beneficial thing to my personal development in my life. This school will pay dividends on any effort you put in, and despite this being mocked in some other reviews the fact remains: If you are lazy, you will fail, if you work hard, they will match you every step of the way."
1.0 out of 5 stars
lisa - 9/19/2015
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2013
"The program was terrible. The teachers constantly canceled class . They were not available for help or questions. The school was not worth the price! The financial services kept messing up. I wound up taking more loans than anticipated. $75,00.00 tuition my loans total $131,000.00 and that's with a $13,000.00 scholarship. Even qualifying for work study I finally got a job on campus 3 months before graduation. This is not a school to waste you time or money on. Their career services suck too. O don't think they have qualified staff in these positions. they have students from all over the country going to school here and they give them job leads 3000 miles from where they live ."
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