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Stay far away from the Digital Media ProgramQuite BrightArt & Design Department
Stay far away from the Digital Media Program at UCF. Or better yet, stay far away from UCF'S Arts programs as much as possible! If you are looking to go into the Visual Arts, Animation, or Film careers, this school is definitely not for you. Professors don't know the material and my classmates haven't been able to find too many internships once they exit this program. If you wanna do Web or Video Game design, please study Computer Science, because this program will not help you. There are no programming courses required for This major, which is a huge concern. The professors also don't know what they're doing half of the time; the introductory courses taught things that even I knew were wrong. Also, don't do film; the best film UCF Graduated ever came out with was the original Blair Witch Project. This is a primarily STEM-based school and it shows in the quality of instruction the visual arts receives. The Performing Arts programs are solid but highly exclusive (The BFA in Theater only admits 12-16 students per year). If you wanna go for the arts, go elsewhere. This isn't the school for you.
1st Year Female -- Class 1920
University Resource Use/ spending: A, Education Quality: F
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This place is strange.Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
This place is strange. The teachers don't seem to want to be here, or perhaps their expectations of higher learning match the students. There is a great sense of apathy and a lack of optimism about the future. The program director is rude, condescending, paranoid, and at times a pathological liar. He has the characteristics of a babysitter who broke a lamp mixed with a prison warden. The only time I see faculty or students here excited about anything it generally involves a goal far out of their reach and never really gets accomplished. The best way I can describe life at UCF is either people are obsessing with fantasy or unsatisfied with reality. 60,000 people that are completely oblivious to reality.
4th Year Male -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A+, Education Quality: F
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Please, please go get in debt with somethingQuite BrightOther
Please, please go get in debt with something else before ever thinking about applying to this school!

You will be made to feel inferior. All of the professors are elitists who will talk down to you subconsciously. The first classes you are made to take are called "weed out classes" which are insanely difficult.

I think I studied maybe 8 hours a day, asked every question, and still got Bs and Cs (this coming from a straight A high school honors student). Take it a point further: your professors will mostly be adjuncts who have extreme gaps in knowledge, and in many cases may be unable to answer your questions no matter how you phrase it. If you get on their bad side, they will be sure to destroy you.

That's it. This is how they get the handcuffs on you if you ever think about transferring to any worthwhile school. You can't now, but it's only fair because those foreign students who studied 14 hours a day worked harder right?

The books, as you guessed it, are either the most insanely expensive ones available at the bookstore (UCF special edition) or one of the Professor's choosing (which is always themselves or someone they know. The worst thing is that they all suffer from the false intelligence syndrome. All of the beginning books are using fancy words you wouldn't even encounter until grad school. Like I said, if you ask your professors to explain a concept to you, they have difficulty or will ask you to book office hours (for which they have one or two times the entire semester). I actually looked up some lectures on similar topics by well known professors at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UPenn... and what they were saying actually made sense. You will be punished for their mistakes! I can count two times where I received a lower grade in the entire course because of a professor's factual error.

If you wanted to kick ass and chew bubble gem, you'll be deeply disappointed. UCF encourages a culture of fear and subordination. There is a lot of grade mugging going on and if you're into that esp. as a pretty girl, you just might get it. In fact, I conducted an experiment in a class I would probably fail and I passed regardless.

The social stratum at this school runs very wide: you have your rich, honors kids who you never see, your athletes, nerds, stoners, and all the races self segregate. If I had to say, the blacks & hispanics are very racist at/near this school. Look at all the acts of violence being committed that are associated with UCF. Getting to class is difficult, I'm sure, (now, with 70k students) and parking is a nightmare. They even have staged events! Hello attempted UCF bombing and Journalist Steve beheading!...But if you like free STDs and beer, I'm sure the thousands of bros will hook you up. In which case, I feel the school would be a perfect match for you.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Campus Maintenance: C+, Education Quality: F
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