Professor Max Croft Reviews
Prof: Max Croft / Spring 2022
May 1, 2022
Max Croft was an absolute joke of a professor. His assignments were messy and muddled, grading scheme entirely inconsistent, projects used broken and outdated programs which he refused to trouble shoot, requirements were that of a freshmen high school class rather than a 3000 level college course. All you will do is read out of a textbook and participate in discussion posts where at best they have no context to what you are doing and at worse they are stolen from an entirely other class. Also do not expect him to answer emails, even when it concerns your entire project not working due to the program he assigned. If you have any love of narratives and digital cultures, do not take Max Croft.
You will read out of a textbook, take entirely unrelated discussion posts with little to no value, and there will be two assignments to judge whether or not you actually read the textbook. Projects have entirely lax requirements and you do not plan or draft anything with assignments, he simply assigns the project and tells you "good luck."
He is lazy, insufferable, inconsistent, and the most unhelpful professor I have ever had the displeasure to have. He won't answer emails. He steals content from other courses. His projects use outdated software. He doesn't use his own lectures. His assignments have no rhyme or flow, none of them build on eachother and they all feel completely separated. His exams are just "vocab scavenger hunts" and offer little challenge or active participation in the course. He does not care about this course and if you love digital narratives it truly hurts to see.
Do not take this class. Any other professor could do a better job than Max Croft. I love stories, I love narratives, I have a fascination in the digital culture I participate in every day. Max Croft squeezes the life and fascination out of it. You won't build upon creative stories, you won't learn how to more actively participate and understand digital culture, you will simply read and take irrelevant assignments with a professor who does not care about this course.
Don’t buy “The Visual Story” by Bruce Block from the Downtown bookstore. It took them over a month to send me my copy, after which time we had already taken three quizzes on it. Thankfully I “found” the textbook online for free or else I would’ve gotten three 0’s on those quizzes because of UCF’s incompetence in delivering the textbook I bought a week before class started. As for the class itself, it’s a pretty simple and straightforward class about using color and lines and shape and stuff in film and movies while also talking about finances and budgets. It’s a very strange combination of topics to cover for sure.
Prof: Max Croft / Summer 2019
Dec 21, 2020
Had this class online. Extremely boring and repetitive, but pretty easy. Croft had pre-recorded lectures that had the computer date at the bottom say 2013, along with the corresponding 2013 Microsoft software.
The class is super easy. You can find the textbook online so don't bother spending your money on it, but you will need it. A lot of the time his lectures for the week would not correlate to the discussion and quiz for that week and he seemed to have the class set up in a terrible way (i'm suspecting it's because he is a boomer). Also don't bother emailing him because he will most likely A) not respond B) not answer your question or C) answer at the end of the semester.
Great professor and class! Learned a lot about video techniques and anything related to that that goes into game design. Professor friendly and nice to talk to.
Don’t leave videos for the last moment to create.