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# Fullsail in Orlando

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Hey everyone, I live in the Orlando are in Florida. I''ve been going to Florida Institute of Technology and it just really doesn''t seem to be getting me anywhere. I''m good at math and programming but many of the computer degrees out there aren''t really designed to help you learn how to develop games. I have been looking at fullsail and it seems like a very good school. From what I''ve heard the professors there are willing to help the students as well. Here at FIT, I have had numerous instructors that are not willing to help even during there office hours and they are going to raise tuition when it''s already set at 20k a year! I''m getting a little mad because i feel like i am paying money for just a piece of paper when I feel that I have more potential to learn than what I am being offered. Does anyone else feel this way? I know everyone says you have to go get a four year degree, but what good is a four year degree if it isn''t what makes you happy? I guess if anyone has information on fullsail, I want to see if it really is what it says it is. And I want to know that by graduating from there, will I still stand a good chance of getting a job? I guess i could always come back to finish my four year degree, but after I have learned what my heart truly desires. So if you know anything about Fullsail, please let me know. Thanks guys.

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I''m gonna be heading down there this fall/winter. Here are a few links you may want to check out, it should give you an idea of what it''s like.

http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?topic_id=139135

One of the recent threads, it''s more based on that recent article, but a good amount of info on the school.

http://www.dperry.com/GabrielCantresArticle7.htm

Pretty good summary of one''s time at Full Sail

I''d recommend calling them, or signing up for info if you''re interested. They''ll call you right away, and give you a lot of info. If you ask, they''ll have current students give you a call, so you can ask away.

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my brother has been considering going there after his two years at a state college are up, and he recently got a letter in the mail telling of a tuition hike at Full Sail. I believe it was several thousand dollars, and he said they just raised it a year or two ago by about the same amount. I think he said it''s around $30,000/year right now, and apparently they''re pretty fond of raising their tutition quite often. anywhere you go, you''re going to face high and increasing tutition. even the New York state college''s tutitions may be going up a couple thousand dollars (and I believe its only around$5500/semester for New York state residents right now), so that''s quite a big increase.

and now I know to ignore the FIT mailings that I''ve been getting... good ol'' PSATs and the "Student Search" service. I took the PSAT twice so now I''m getting loads and loads of college mail. I think I''ve gotten the same brochure from FIT about 3 times now...

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Check this school out...

http://www.aicasf.artinstitutes.edu/programs_detail.asp?list=yes&pid=67&dtid=3&display=program&programname=Visual%20And%20Game%20Programming

I looked at both of their Game Arts & Design, and, Game Programming Programs. They have pretty good courses.

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I think this is starting to turn into a flame war, so i wont post after this on it, however as i stated before it is all personal preference. I have stuidied full sail and digipen extensively for over 2 years now following both and also taking tours and emailing students and teachers.
Yes Fullsail is an excellent school for learning, however just to clea rup some confusion. Digipen you work just as hard, and learn alot more, but for a longer period , IF YOU CHOOSE. Digipens Real-time simulation has a 2 yr degree OR A FOUR YEAR DEGREE. And you work from 8 am to 10pm 5-6 days a week. So its pretty extensive also Both will only teach you what you put into it!
As for animation, they both have it. Digipen is more known for its world renown Animation degree, whos students helped develop shrek, monster inc, bugs life, etc... And they work hand in hand with the gamers with there projects.

Basically it comes down to this...
Research them both, and even other alternatives, email people attending and get there views, talk to the teachers, bascially jsut do the research. Then base your decision off that.

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Personally, I think you''ll be better off going to a school that gives you a bachelors degree rather than an associate''s degree. In case you can''t find anything in gaming, you can always fall back on more traditional jobs that like to see a 4yr CS degree. Stick with FIT if you can, and if not, maybe check out other SUS schools. Since you''re in Melbourne, you''re pretty close to UCF and not too far from FAU.

Me personally, I''ve been toying with the idea of going to UAT out in Arizona. I haven''t heard anything about it though...good or bad, so I guess it''s an average school. Cost is fairly cheap too, about 350\$/hour on a semester system. So about 12grand a year...which for a private university is pretty good.

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