Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (50)
So I thought I would review my Full Sail experience, as I am currently enrolled in an online course, with a few months till completion. First, some of the bad things you hear about Full Sail are true. For me, the one major issue is the lack of communication from some teachers. Some of them don't really teach, they just outline what they want you to do and don't offer any real feedback. I have heard from some students that get very frustrated. I already had a lot of experience using much of the software needed for classes. However if it is you first time using video editing software, don't expect the teacher to show you how to operate the software. For many classes it is on you to figure out how to use the equipment provided. Which can be more challenging, but if you are not use to learning that way, I could see it becoming disheartening. Which is why I think many student become disenfranchised with the classes. That said, I have had some amazing online classes, with some great teachers. Some of them, you can really tell are very passionate. I feel it brakes down like this. 40% of the classes are great with amazing teachers. They go above and beyond to help you, if they can. 40% of classes are just okay. The teacher is fine, not great, but you don't feel lost. 20% of classes, you never hear from the teacher and maybe get a few videos explaining the concepts being covered. These are the classes in which you feel like it's all a waste of time. But even these classes can be informative, it's just on you more to teach yourself. I think, like all schools, if you put in work, it can be rewarding. If you mess around, you are going to struggle.
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.
I am a current (new) student to the online Masters program for IDTMS. I had already started before reading the reviews. I was under the impression this was supposed to be a hands on learning environment with real professional instructors. What I am finding is professional instructors who pile on a lot of non-productive work. I am an A+ student and have been since my undergrad (3.75 GPA). The rigor of this course seems to be the loads of work given - not the content. Also, I can't seem to understand why we are not given the leading instructional design softwares (Camtasia and Captivate) as tools for our program. I am going to switch to the film program to follow my passion that I discovered in the Mastery. I hope it will be a better fit. This school is not what I thought and I am not happy. It is the second month and I am looking for a way out. I should have stayed at USF. I do think the mastery course is effective and The reading assignments are overly done. I won't say it is a bad school however it is not for everyone.
I researched this college and there was 50/50 on ratings, so I decided to do the online courses for game design.. I most say NEVER.. EVER will I do this again threw this school.. the bad reviews were 100% correct!!! Instructors did not communicate.. the used other websites for teaching and not teaching it them selves to you, so you pay them to send you to a website, if you do not get perfect grades, they do not let you do others assignments causing you to fail. It's a waste of MONEY!!! Do not go here or do online!!! Heed the warning!!!
I received both my Bachelors and Masters from Full Sail. I was absolutely thrilled with my time spent doing both degrees. My best advice for any student considering attending Full Sail is to understand it is a dedicated multi-media college. This is for students who really want to get into the entertainment, internet, film, music or creative arts field. It is focused and prepares you for being part of this work force. I honestly can say from my experience and that I am a non-traditional student in the work force -- that Full Sail is right on. You will be prepared to work when you finish your degree and you will be an asset to an organization. My instructors were brilliant, I learned so much from all of them -- their bios were awe-inspiring. These men and women were and are advanced in their fields and passionate about education. Of course you relate to some more than others but that is life. I never had any delays in getting questions answered and they were always caring and helped you succeed. All in all - every penny I spent and will continue to pay in student loans is worth the knowledge I received. One of the top two best decisions I have ever made in my life.
I went through the online program hoping to learn a great deal about computer animation. First few months went great and first modeling classes were challenging. There are a couple instructors that are very good. However a lot of the times you researching things on your own and can't solve your issue. You go to the instructor only to be told to research it on youtube. My final portfolio classes the instructors expected you to know things you were never taught. Critiques in those classes hardly ever happened due to on campus issues. Speaking of, in one class, I was on iChat for a live critique of one of my projects. It must have been a student assistant or something. Just after starting my critique his cell phone rings. He answers it and is talking to a client for freelancing. I'm hoping that doesn't still go on or happen to others. I can not attest how the campus experience is, but I would not recommend doing the computer animation online. You'll meet some cool students who work harder than you, and will have the same complaints of having no help. If you speak up about the issues, you will be immediately put in your place. I've heard bad experiences with auditing the classes after graduation. Those I know who have report an even worse experience. I even read comments from pro-full sail people that Full Sail is a great stepping stone to other higher education. For that amount of money, it shouldn't be a "stepping stone". Pay for digital tutors if you want a stepping stone. Then save your money and go to Gnomon or other professional learning institution. If I had the opportunity I would hand back my diploma without hesitation, if it meant having my over priced student loan debt cleared.
I originally went to Full Sail expecting to graduate then slowly go become a rock star. Went to school first for Recording Arts, but halfway through my degree I switched to the associates track and went into Digital Arts to be able to do more professional work (originally aimed for something in advertising, with a goal of doing music for film.) I LOVED my years here. It was an extensive education, hard earned but well worth it. That said, this is not a school for everyone. The classes are hard. There is an assumption of knowledge (at least in Digital Arts) which meant, don't get me wrong, skipping to the advanced stuff (especially later on) was great, but if you'd missed a concept you could find yourself scrambling to keep up. If you tell people you graduated from Full Sail in the industry, you get one of two reactions. One - "what the heck is that?" Or two - "holy crap, you actually graduated?" It's known for being a bit of a trial by fire, and it certainly earned that definition in my eyes. But it set me up to be able to do a lot of different things. I've worked for Bose as a technologist, done messaging work for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and done contract work with HBO, Food Network, SAP and Africa Home TV. I've worked on apps and video games, I've built websites and high end presentations, and all of that wouldn't have been possible without the education I got here. Know what you're getting into before you start, but it's worth it.
Waste of money. The head of the Program is a joke and is not respected at all in the industry. Why would anyone even both going to film school in Orlando when you need to be in Atlanta or Hollywood. Don't fall for the sales tactics like I did. They will promise you anything to enroll, but most of the instructors are awful and even recent grads. Just ask them or ask to see the credits. If you want a Masters in Film DO NOT GO HERE, go to a real school like UCLA, USC or even NYU.
An expensive school, but with good teachers. Learned everything that was necessary for the future, and really get an hands-on experience
This school is a waste of time, 1. Basically the issue comes into play when students want to transfer colleges or continue their education with a master’s degree program at another school. While the credits can transfer between national and regional accreditation, it is more difficult and often times schools simply won’t recognize the credits at all. This means your options for transferring schools are very limited and you may have to retake the classes at another school. 2. The Instructors are the worst, they don't get back to you and if they do it is with a question to a question, thus running down your communication time, before a project is due, 3. Basically, you're spending 50K+ to be taught by LYNDA.com videos. 4. As an online student your only recourse if any is your advisor which it seems like the minute you build up a rapor they switch and then you're back to square one. 5. The classes move at such a rapid pace, that instead of retaining you are basically, scurrying to find quick answers. there are no tutors for classes that are more difficult and once again, the instructors are a joke. I will say this though the back-end help, advisors, financial aid, etc. are thumbs up better than the instructors they have. The excuse is the instructors handle campus and online, maybe they should have dedicated online instructors because it is quite obvious they are unable to handle both tasks at the same time.... IMHO this school is not only a waste of time, but money!