Full Sail University Reviews - 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

2.3 out of 5 stars
FSgamegrad - 4/1/2020
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2020
"I don't know about the Bachelor degree for Game Design that they offer, but the Master is 100% a scam. It is not worth the tens of thousands of dollars that they charge for admission. The reasons for this are as follows: 1. You are taught little to nothing about how to actually make a game. You are giving a cursory introduction to game design philosophies, how to prototype a game and how to format some of the production documents. 1.1 they will let anyone with a bachelors remotely related to games into the program no questions asked but are essentially expected to know the fundamentals even if you came in with the intentions of pursuing, game writing. so if your knowledge on game making going in is minimal, be prepared to learn it yourself. 2. The 2 pillars of this degree program are the "Mastery Journal", which is essentially supposed to be something resembling a thesis but isn't one, and the internship Capstones, which are on campus "Companies" that give students relevant industry experience. The first is worthless, my career advisor (people who specialize in hiring and help you get a job) specifically told me not to put it on my resume because it would make me look undesirable, and the second, while some of the tracks such as the UX Lab and the production track are beneficial, the two game making studios (serious games and indie games) are also worthless. the reason being is because: 2.1 students are coming in and graduating out of the studio every month, creating a revolving door where we don't know what talent and skill sets we will have in the studio each month, this not only creates great instability but unless you are lucky enough to come in right as a new game is going into production odds are you wont work on a game from start to finish. 2.2 the two studios are entirely student operated, the studio heads who are also instructors have little to no involvement in the operations. the reason this is a problem is because the studios are supposed to give real industry experience but when i asked a veteran industry professional if my Master degree would qualify me to apply for anything other than an entry level position, they said no because i will learn 90% of what i need to know in that entry level job. this essentially means that not only are you paying tens of thousands of dollars for 10%, the studios are run by people who also only know 10% so we essential have a situation of the blind leading the blind. 3. tying into #2, is the degree of student control or lack of instructor oversight. throughout the program and in the studios the students, the ones who only know 10% are in complete control on what projects get done and worked on. this is a problem for students who came in with a specialization such as game writing, because if the other students don't value your skill, which most of the time they wont in regards to writing, then you will not have any opportunities to utilize or practice it and the instructors wont do anything about it. To give an example in the prototyping class, the team has to have a designated producer who will be in charge of creating the list of tasks that the team needs to cary out to make the game we will be prototyping, the producer refused to make any writing tasks despite the the instructor reminding them to take into consideration the skill sets of the team when making the tasks (I talked to the instructor about my issue) and they ignored them and still refused. was this reflected in their grade even know they failed in their producer role? no. 3.1 similar issue is if you have a game in production in the studio and the new people come in but decide they don't want to work on your game but instead want to work on their own, well sucks to be you because they will not force them to nor will it reflect in their grade. (image a professional studio where the employees just decide to not work on a game they were tasked to work on and they not get fired). 3.2 the instructors and the program don't take any responsibility, the admission into the studios being controlled by the students (meaning is some people who are graduating in a month or two don't like you, they will reject your application into a studio forcing you to try and go for the other (keep in mind you are paying for this) so if an issue in the studio arises like say they drop your project or you being forced to do meaningless "work" on a project thats been in production for 5 years because its the studio heads baby, they wont do anything but remind you that you "chose" to go to that studio and it is on you the student to chose a studio that best first your needs and if the studio doesn't fit your needs you should have been working on a project in your free time. 4. they don't offer any services, say you working on a game thats missing a key skill set like an artist, instead of finding one for you (the school has a game art degree/ department) they will instead put you in touch with the people to ask permission to recruit for an artist (you have to do it yourself). (again you are paying tens of thousands of dollars to this program and these studios are supposed to give relevant industry experience, despite the fact that people who work on games don't actively recruit people, they pay others to do that, kind of how you pay them tens of thousands of dollars) 5. 2 or 3 of the instructors are good the others are either tenured garbage or too frivolous. over all to give a example to represent my experience in the program, imagine going to a over priced restaurant, having to pay upfront, being seated quickly then your waiter tells you that if you are hungry you can go to the kitchen an make your meal yourself and that if they are out of the ingredient you need they just give you the number for the supplier and that you are free to order more. but that they wont make it for you and that you paid for the opportunity."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Daniel - 2/3/2020
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2023
"They failed to tell you that all the documentation that they need in a string you on for a month then roll team it is a joke their whole entire criteria of accepting students is practically unexcusable and after I had my high school diploma I was told that I need to take a GED test in order to enroll in their school as if they were saying I did not get my high school diploma. what a joke don't anyone come to this school they are absolutely terrible. Any other school that I've tried to apply for accepting me no problem this is the only school that gives you half answers in gives you the runaround as you're trying to call them in receive information they are absolutely . No sense of time and how urgent things are I definitely will say do not waste your time with Full Sail you might as well go to California where they will give you the best video game designing school in America. These guys are not even raid in the top 50 and I can see why no class absolutely terrible. No be on their team seems to be on the same page whatsoever I have had to go through and tell these people how to do their job after speaking to their Associates once again I will say with emphasis save your money do not go in debt over a school that is not going to get you anything you desire but waste your time."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Travis C Halbesleben - 8/6/2019
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2022
"I was on track they had me started but then they said oh wait no we can accept you because of your criminal history so yea if you have a criminal history trying to change your life don't go here they are judgmental cricked assholes!!!Good luck with this 125000 dollars for a bachelors!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
A. Non - 5/29/2019
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"I had always wanted to be a video game designer but had ended up going to school to be a veterinarian. I decided to give Full Sail a try and was very excited to be accepted so that I could fulfill a dream. Fast forward a few months... none of my credits transferred in from my previous degrees so I had to take prerequisites again. I wasted valuable time and money doing this but went with it just to continue my dream. I started getting into the design classes and found the instruction to be absolutely ridiculous. Assignments would be given with short 2-5 minute videos explaining what to do. The majority of the schooling was me researching how to make the programs work on my own. The only thing I actually got out of this was a MacBook. The programs were trash and were extremely glitchy on the bootcamp separated windows on the Mac. Oh and while were at it, lets talk about the financial side. I was getting an award for being in financial need at the time. When the award neared its end I got a loan that I tried desperately not to take out (my first degree put me $68k in the hole already). When I got the loan the amount I owed Full Sail went up. I called and questioned this. I was told the award was for students in need. I explained that Im obviously in need if I cant pay this out of pocket myself. They continued to tell me that getting a loan to pay for classes showed that I didnt need assistance. Eventually I did even more research after doing the program for a year and discovered a large amount of persons that owned a variety of businesses (video game companies, music producers, app developers) that were against hiring Full Sail graduates. I asked them why they were against hiring the grads and was told they come out of school entitled like they know everything with a certificate and actually know nothing, weve never seen such unready individuals with degrees. These were from large entities and developers that I had wanted to get into for work. The last straw that broke the camels back was the fact that they were not nationally accredited. So I couldnt transfer out anywhere and some people wouldnt even look at my degree as a degree, I was told for over a year that they held the same accreditation as my colleges and I stupidly believed them. I left the next month, paid off what I owed and never looked back."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Rennae - 2/14/2019
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2019
"I never write reviews for anything but this is one that I cannot ignore. I went on campus for the first half of my degree which to say was alright until you slip up and then it is a downfall from there. My fourth month, my grandmother died and while they understood that I was grieving they didn't extend my deadlines. I had to retake the class and that devastated me, I never failed at anything but I sucked it up and retook the class and let's just say for a 20 month degree it's taken me almost 30 months to get this degree and it might be even longer now because the last class that I'm currently taking now just gave a 0 on a 25% of my grade project. Most of the instructors are either new to teaching or just got out of the degree themselves. They give conflicting feedback that was fine one month but is a sin the next just for it to be okay the one after that. No one is on the same page and either the classes are extremely easy or ridiculously hard. I once was on a class with a boy had insomnia and the teacher told him that was a great thing to have. WHAT? I have to have a freakin' disorder to pass a class. I have drank so much caffeine to stay up with this classes that my husband has had to, on multiple occasions, rip energy drinks out of my hands and throw away all the coffee in the house. Even my doctor told me I had to stop at one point because I'm too young to have as high as a blood pressure as I do. I'm 20 and I have almost been in CARDIAC ARREST more than once from the mix of stress and caffeine. I know as soon as I'm free of this hellhole, I will have nightmares long after. The hours are ridiculous, the criteria changes drastically from month to month, the instructors are no help, and the assignments are bogus. Just buy the equipment and programs and learn it yourself. Literally the only great thing that has happened there for me was finding my husband and he quit there after a year too and he was a veteran. He got to go on his bill, all expenses paid and he said the pressure of being in the navy was less stressful than this."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Kendral - 12/15/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2022
"I must say Full Sail has beaten up my expectations.By those means the instructors don't teach you anything.You rely in info out of books written by game design authors.The teachers on the phone aren't friendly and have smart remarks.The chatting system such as discord are their for questions to your instructor despite that they might come at you like if you're sick they'll be like no it was due and that's it for the tests.The tests online aren't retakeable at full sail.I had three teachers fail me and only one to pass me for having two classes with him.If you're looking to be taught by a "real one" and not by your unprofessional self then go to another university then.Good luck."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Smith - 8/5/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"This school is a joke. I took online classes, which Ive always done great with, but I left each month without understanding a single thing regardless of how good of a grade I got. The staff are ridiculous and the price of this place is through the roof. I was told the school is accredited many times by the customer service reps, enrollment persons, and my advisor. I specifically asked if it was accredited the way a normal university was (nationally) and I was assured they were. My fault on trusting them. Theyre not even accredited to the point that I can transfer credits from this waste of time. This school is an expensive joke. Thankfully I got out after only getting $7k in loans. The best part is that, because I could get loans they took away my at need scholarship, which gives money to people that cant pay out of pocket. I couldnt pay out of pocket so I got a small loan and they ripped the scholarship away because I had the ability to pay out of pocket. Dont waste your time here or even looking here. Go get an associates degree at a community college. Youll get better help and a better degree than here. My only hope is that this institution gets shut down and has to pay back large sums of money for their lies and hidden truths."
1.0 out of 5 stars
J. Martin - 6/5/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2020
"I went into this degree attempting to gain more knowledge on game design. I currently work as a systems engineer and do program modding on the side. I had a GI Bill to use and always saw advertisements for the school. I loved the way the program was laid out with core classes like history focused on gaming. History class is all on mythology and how mythology plays important roles in gaming. I have not got to that class yet and likely will not because it is not worth spending rest of my GI Bill. I work 50+ hour weeks and spoke with the student liaisons about needing full access to classes to be able to manage and plan my time. I was assured multiple times that after the "core four" ,core classes including math, english, etc, that all classes would open. Ok great sign me up! Get through the core four classes and no classes have been open. I ask professors to open them up for me, some have tried to, failed and got confused on why it didn't work. Some stated it would stress out other students to much to open it up and refuse. I speak to my new liaison and get told no class would be open normally. Glad I asked about it before enrolling!!!! So basically the lied to ensure I enrolled even though they knew they would not meet my expectation. So the class material and how its going. Very little challenge to the classes at all. Professor interaction may include a 1 hour live group chat a week, maybe not. Mostly the classes a bunch of PDFs, youtube links, and some vocabulary assignments, I had one class with a vocabulary quiz each week, are we in middle school? Really depending on the teach assignments will take 1-2 weeks to get graded. Some professor provided great feedback during the "core four". Since then I get good job, 90. So why did I get a 90 professor I would like to improve whatever I did wrong. No response. So currently I am enrolled in a degree that will basically be a piece of paper I can put on the wall and say I completed that and not improve my overall knowledge in skill more then a 10 dollar Udemy course could. Actually when I get free time I have been doing some online courses from sites like that and learned much more. Also I go via online. All the nice stuff they do like design competitions or any extra stuff is normally marked Campus Student Only. Why could an online student not create something and submit just like the campus student??? During my military career I went to 5 different schools dabbling in different fields of study and by far this is the WORST."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Celena - 5/8/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2018
"Seriously don't go here for game art. I can tell you now in a few sentsences what you need to know without going through the bulls*** I did. They will teach you how to model in Maya, sculpt in Zbrush, and texture in Substance Painter. And that's about it. They'll even say "Oh we don't teach anything about Photoshop" (one of the most basic softwares) and expect you to learn it on your own. What a waste of a degree."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Full Sail University - 5/4/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2018
"Full Sail only cares about the money. They could care less about the value of the education. Professors are under-qualified, rude and rarely go out of their way to help you out. They simply copy/paste the class material at the start of the month and come back at the end to give you a grade. That grade typically offers no feedback because they are too lazy to do it. I graduated from the Game Design program and then got 1/2 way through the masters program before I had just had enough."
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