Full Sail University Reviews
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4 months in and I enjoy it for the most part. Expect long hours between lecture/lab and homework some months 40 hours a week cumulative time spent. Little time for work so you will need a solid support structure. Six of us in a class for my degree program most veterans so that helps a bunch. GI bill is the only reason I am going here very expensive school so keep that in mind.
Here's my take on this school as an online course. This is a fast paced course study with no emphasis on actually learning from the instructors. Everything that is fed to you as study material is all YouTube instructional videos. Most of the course material is from outside sources like Lynda, Adobe, and YouTube. For the money I don't believe the instructors teach they just make sure you understand what is required to complete the assignment. I made it through to an Associates Degree and if I ever consider this again, I'll be going to a traditional college. I thought I was going to learn a skill that I've always wanted to learn and now I feel as though I've wasted valuable time and money. I pretty much took this course for the equipment and not the experience of learning. The online experience for this course is horrible. I almost allowed my daughter to enroll here but I definitely reconsidered and we are looking elsewhere for her continuing education.
Between the course directors and their level of engagement with students, the courses and their ability to provide valuable insights into the music industry, and the rigor (consistency and the level of challenge offered by classes), this program has definitely helped me learn an exceptional amount when it comes to my desired career within the music industry. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a career within the entertainment or music industry.
Nationally accredited, not regionally. If youre looking to get a M.S. or transfer credits to another school at a later date, that information will be EXTREMELY important later on because regionally accredited schools are accepted everywhere but its not the same for nationally accredited. It will be severely limited. First half of the degree is great, had a handful of instructors who really love their job and it shows in their work ethic. However, there is a severe decline in instructor participation and response time in the second half. In order to succeed you cant just rely on the information provided in class. You WILL need to explore other resources (most are provided in your tuition but so few people actually use them) like Lynda, YouTube, Substance, Artstation, etc..... The school literally gives you the foundation but in order to build a house, you need to utilize your resources or else you wont last. Ive had confrontations with some instructors on the grading scale and to be perfect honest, one of the best things that they could work on is an universal grading scale because some instructors are FAR more advanced than others and because of that their grading curve is far steeper. You may get away with an A for delivering the basics but in another class, that same effort will only get you a low C. So beware trying to get through the program with just the basics. You may be able to graduate but you wont land yourself a job.
The Academic Advisor, alongside the other academic advising team members that I crossed paths with during my stay at Full Sail University were condescending and unhelpful, to the point of frustration. If these advisors were that unhappy with their job, maybe they should consider seeking another career path as they had very little desire to help me in any of my situations, most of which was the schools errors. There were a total of 4 out of 22 months that did not require my presence in the Academic Advising office, sometimes multiple visits, in order to fix their error and keep me on schedule. Incredibly frustrating. The courses would make more sense if they were reversed in order, as we were given access to more equipment earlier than later. Overall this school gave me the ability to receive a Bachelors Degree in 22 months, so I am grateful. But as far as the professionalism they so readily preach and make mandatory to their students, they do just that, preach.
I have mixed feelings about this school. Some classes are decent, and some are absolutely horrible. But thats not the meat of my complaint. I have a problem with the mandatory IL workshops we must attend to pass the class. The workshops are good for those interested in them, and they can be very informative, but they shouldnt be mandatory....especially when they decide pass or fail. People have lives outside of the school with families, work and so forth. This school seems not to understand that. I am looking to transfer simply because if these mandatory workshops. People are not willing to take money out of their pocket by not being able to work just to go to a workshop. If you plan on attending this school, hopefully you have money saved up or parents with deep pockets, because you will be depending on them as long as you go to Full Sail. I am on my way out and have basically given up as far as my degree program.
I was extremely disappointed in this program. This was my third Masters Degree, so I know what good insruction and good courseware look like. Out of 12 one-month courses in this program, there were only 3...THREE!... instructors worth anything (and FS has since fired the best one). The rest were absolutely horrible, "phoning it in" at best. While they are "accessible" via the LMS, email, or (maybe) phone, they don't bother actually TEACHING anything. Which is understandable since they do not really have much in the way of course material. Every online "live session" I can recall was nothing more than explaining how to do that week's assignment. Most of the courses are canned, built years ago by someone who obviously didn't care very much, with links to online material you can find via Google. You do get some good hardcopy books, but you can get those on your own. The "online" books (some of which are useful) require a student account and once you graduate, they are gone. So...useless for anything long-term. Every instructor demands good grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc (tools of the trade), but the courseware is FULL of sophomoric errors. The ONE thing they do VERY well, is get you enrolled and take your money. Their sales team is very efficient, but they are inept at handling any special situations. Using VA benefits is a breeze because they have the "get money" system down pat. If I had to pay for this on my own, I would have bailed after the second course. I stayed because I like the "one class per month" schedule and, as part of the tuition, you get some cool gear (the "Launch Box") that I didn't want to pay for on my own. Fortunately, for me, those three good instructors gave me enough knowledge and skills to actually back up my "claim" of having an MFA in Creative Writing. So, I found one-fourth of the program to be useful. Also, they coddled one poor student in my class (who had absolutely ZERO knowledge of English grammar, and NO writing skills whatsoever) until one month before graduation, THEN kicked him out. He had no business being there in the first place... and EVERY professor that dealt with him knew it. They didn't have the courseware, instructional ability, or, evidently, desire to actually teach him--just wanted to get his money for as long as they could. So... if you don't mind paying a s***t-ton of money for basically 25% of the product you THINK you're getting, have at it. But if you worked hard for that money and actually want to LEARN SOMETHING OF VALUE... find a school that isn't... well, this one.
I was misled about what classes I'd be taking. The courses kept changing every other month to a class that I didn't originally sign up for or it was moved to a different month. My email was quarantined for months by the school causing me to be fail 6 classes. They kicked me out 2 months before graduation. After dozens of phone calls over the 6 months, they finally resolved it by forgiving one month of a failed class even after admitting they caused the fails by blocking my communication unintentionally. They has me using UDK when UE4 was already out for a couple years and forced me to use a Macbook with a Bootcamp partition so the Windows specific software would run even though Bootcamp doesn't use the specs of the computer's hardware causing a single click 10 minutes to process. One of my teachers is a registered sex offender for taking up-skirt photos at a Target in Winterpark, FL. You won't even learn all of the fundamentals at this school. Most instructors only respond to emails a week later after the assignment is already due and never respond to requests for guidance on a project. I ended up $80k in debt when I was told it would be half of that price. The school lies about helping you find a career and the amount of alumni in the industry. I was 2 months from graduation when my instructor told me that the school doesn't have connections with any game studio. Most alumni become instructors at Full Sail to pay off their insane debt.
Admissions is honestly a joke, here's why. My twin and I attend this school and they kept getting me confused with him and messed up my documents. Due to this, I was forced to push back my start date to a later one. Now on to the staff, the staff do not care about you are education what so ever. You would be lucky to even get a response to a question from your instructor and when your day it would take 24 hours even when your instructor is online. They force you to use various social media to stay in contact but they hardly even respond on there. On to grading, The grading at Full Sail ridiculous, you make one small minor mess up, like for example your UV's are slightly out of 0-1 space they will deduct so many points form your grade and seem like they do this on purpose so they can make you fail that class and take it over gaining them more money. It's not worth it. I honestly regret joining this school but I have one more year to go before I graduate.
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.