Full Sail University Reviews of Bachelor's in Film Production

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  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,513
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Film Production

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Tim S
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2022
  • Degree: Film Production
"As a current student in the Film Bachelors program, my overall rating should be in the negative. Once you are in the program, responses to phone calls or emails are non-existent. I emailed the program director 3 months ago and never received a response. Financial Aid, neglects to inform you on issues pertaining to your funding until you ask questions and then they are rude. Phone calls are never returned. Instructors are previous students with little to no experience in the field to which they are teaching. Some teachers are so full of themselves and never really get to the point to which they are trying to teach. They overwhelm you with work weekly with little to no guidance or explanation on how to complete an assignment. Some months are easier than others but when you have two classes a month and both classes require tremendous amount of time to complete is nearly impossible and when you do complete it, the criticize you for not spending more time on the assignment... hello, you gave me 3 days to do it alongside another class that is also asking for something. They say you can use the studios, soundstages, etc. but make you just through hoops and make it nearly impossible. All the photos of these extravagant things are just that, photos for promoting the school which 99.9999% of the time aren't student project. My advice or my take, don't waste your $90k+ dollars to come here, go elsewhere where you will excel and succeed, you go here...you're on your own with no help...this place is a fallacy"
Not good
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Teachers are mostly made of school graduates instead of industry professionals. Teachers have given completely false information about the "real world" of film. Career development does absolutely nothing to help. They barely reached out to me once I graduated and every attempt I made to ask for advice has basically been to tell me I should have moved somewhere else or that I should work for free as an intern. Having a job after graduation was an incentive for me and I have not been able to find a job in the film industry for the past decade with this degree. I will be in student debt until I'm 38 and I'm paying 700+$ per month. You are better off looking at YouTube tutorials and finding work as a grip to get your foot in the door."
Disappointed person who fell into the Full Sail advertising trap
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"I fell into the scam of Full Sail University's film program when I was a sophomore in high school. They travel all around the country to schools and do a pitch of their school, and they usually do it based on the majority of interest in the class or school that they go to. Since I was always wanting to be in the film industry, I request that Full Sail did a film degree based presentation. It was neat, they really like to brag about their graduates who work on these top award winning projects, they love talking about all of the film equipment that students get to 'use' during their time in the film program. So fast forward to when I start my degree, in summer 2018, fresh out of high school, I was prepared to tackle this 'very aggressive full time degree'. The first 5 months of the film program are an absolute joke! Nothing based on filmmaking at all. Forgot to mention, classes only last 4 weeks at Full Sail, so you'll do 1 or 2 classes a month and then move on. Finally get to some film classes, but even still, they are so beginner. The editing classes are an absolute joke, they show you basic YouTube tutorial level stuff, and nothing increases in difficulty. There have been NUMEROUS times where my 'homework' assignments would be to watch a YouTube video, and simply click a 'Mark as Completed' button and would instantly get a 100% grade. When it finally comes time to work on your very first short films, you are already half way through the program, you make a very basic short film (which is totally fine), but I had quite the experience during mine. Some company was looking to rent a soundstage from Full Sail for a commercial or something, I don't exactly remember. So we had the head instructor of the class pull us all aside one day as class was over, and told us that the company would be coming through to tour the stages that we were using for our short film. But even better, the president (Gary Jones) would also be with them, and had instructed us to set up every piece of gear that we could to ensure that we looked "really professional" to the other company. Well the next day hit, and they came through, and the president is saying "yes you can see these intricate dual camera setups that our students use here". Complete lie, all of us classmates just kind of looked at each other in disbelief at how the president just played it off like this was a normal day. We normally need approval for any piece of gear, I was even denied a roll of tape when we ran out, they hoard it all in the instructor office for this course and only give it to select students....tape.... But back to my issue, we were NEVER allowed to have a dual camera setup for any of our projects. Fast forward through the degree program, and it's not worth $80,000, considering you still need to pay for your own apartment, food, utilities etc. It ends up costing over $100,000 which most people cannot afford and will be ruined by the debt. So my graduation nears, and my career advisor reaches out to me telling me to upload a resume and that I would be seeing a ton of film related jobs that pertained to me on the portal online. She helped me create an account, I checked that portal for quite a while and not a single film related job popped up in my area (I live very close to NYC, a major capital of production in the US). I would see stuff for small companies that required experience that Full Sail did not provide for us, but nothing that really was anything about our degree program. After a short while I guess they did something to the job portal because my username and password no longer worked, so I reached out and was told to 'figure out how to make a new one online'. I ended up getting my own job, recently worked on two really large projects and am very proud of myself, but my degree nor school helped at all with this. Really disappointed with this place, at least with the Film program, its a total marketing scam. You never get to touch 50% of the gear, unless you are selected to (for example the nice cameras, one of the biggest things that everybody wants to be experienced with). For $80,000 tuition, to not even be able to use all of the gear, get told to watch YouTube for homework, and just be straight up lied to, this so called University has a lot to work on in my opinion. They might have other degrees that are great, but I can't speak for them, only the one that I got suckered into spending money on."
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2021
  • Degree: Film Production
"Full Sail is a great school for a person who wants to be in the film industry, but has no idea where to start. For me, the Film Production program was eye-opening. Knowing what I know now, I should've taken a job as a PA or an intern instead of going to film school, but I wouldn't have known that without going to film school, so it all works out...I guess. When I enrolled, I knew next to nothing about how films and TV shows were made. I knew my way around a DSLR camera and I was aware of the job descriptions, but couldn't begin to tell you why each person in the credits was important. Leaving Full Sail, I felt comfortable taking an entry level gig in almost every department. I HAVE taken entry level gigs in almost every department. The best compliment I can offer is that Full Sail will accurately teach you the basic workflow and vocabulary necessary to work in the industry."
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2020
  • Degree: Film Production
"As an online student at Full Sail, I have had numerous issues with my classes due to malfunctioning gear or software. I really like this school, don't get me wrong, but their support team is trash. They are very friendly, but rarely help solve problems. Most of the time they recommend I speak to the software/hardware companies that produce the products, or transfer me to another team, after long holding periods with no results. This does not help me in any way when it comes to turning in assignments. Most teachers are unwilling to help you out even when your software/hardware fails or is not working properly. Not to mention I have had to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to replace said software/hardware due to the warranties from the school's provided gear not even being the length of my degree program. This is a serious issue they need to work on. I'm sick of my grades being effected because of faulty hardware and lack of understanding with the professors."
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2019
  • Degree: Film Production
"I'm really disappointed with my experience with full sail University. My experience is that this school doesn't care about it's students. Many of the teachers are lazy and unprofessional. Most of my teachers were really arrogant and not teaching me current material. They give you assignments that you can find on YouTube yourself and the school doesn't on the material. I felt misled by the Full Sail and taking advantage of. I highly recommend NOT attending full sail."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2018
  • Degree: Film Production
"This school is awful unless you can devote 110% to them (meaning you better not have a full-time job or a family or a social life). If you do, you better get PERFECT grades. I failed a couple classes, but retook them and passed all except one class. I told the school that I have Bipolar Disorder; I'm on medication but sometimes there are days that I just can't do daily tasks because of the depression that comes with it. I explained that I have a desire to get good grades and proved that I could by passing the classes that I previously failed. This was unacceptable to them. Then they kicked me out of the school before my appeals were even done. I received an email a few days after I learned I was kicked out, asking to talk about what steps I could take to continue classes. I'm already kicked out, why are you trying to ask me what I want to do to continue? Don't waste your money on this school. The teachers there don't even teach you anything. You just do a bunch of reading on your own and fill out some papers or do a project that's going to take weeks to finish, plus at least three other things you have to do that week. I was so excited to attend this school and they just killed my dreams. And this happens to multiple students, it's not just an isolated incident. I have friends who went through the same shit. It's not right and it's a shame. Full Sail doesn't teach you anything that you can't learn on your own. It's a joke."
He Who Shall Not Be Named
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2018
  • Degree: Film Production
"This program taught me a lot about the ins and outs of filmmaking. Is it the best film program in the country? No but it is a good program. Most of my instructors were very professional and helped when needed. The Pros would be the launch box kit you receive from the school, it is filled with everything you need to begin your journey into the art of film. Another pro is the fact that this is an accelerated program which helps you obtain your degree in a shorter amount of time than usual. I have made a lot of contacts that Ive even worked with on other projects outside of school which is very nice. The Cons: All Of a sudden everyone in your class is an expert filmmaker. Everyone knows your vision better than you and will tell you how to create your film or project. What you have to realize is that everyone has an opinion and just let it be. You do you and nothing else. The only opinion that matters is the instructors."
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"Full Sail University is a great school in my opinion. I know many people who don't finish or have success after they graduate have plenty of horrible things to say about FSU. The truth is, if you look at ANY college you will have a huge list of graduates saying they "can't find work" with their degree. People have to realize, the degrees you get from full sail are unique. These are not "trade" jobs like construction, engineering, etc. These are degrees for the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. You have to approach our industry in a different manner, meaning you need to work on your resume and network HARDER than any of these other industries. Many students who enroll at FSU come here looking for handouts because of what perceive when enrolling. REALITY CHECK - FSU is just like other schools when it comes to the job force, you hae to work hard AFTER you graduate as well to be able to start working with these Major labels and media agencies. As far as Tuition rates go, It's pretty much the same as if you were going to LSU, Univ. of Arkansas, Ohio State, etc. Expensive, but worth it in my opinion. All books and equipment are included in your tuition, meaning you're not going out trying to order books and/or equipment for class vs any of these other colleges. FYI - For those that say FSU credits don't transfer to other schools, it's because FSU is DIFFERENT from other schools. Do your research people! The prestigious BERKLEy COLLEGE OF MUSIC in Boston ACCEPTS Full Sail University credits. I'm working on my Master's at BCM as I type this. Hope this helps some people understand FSU and the unique workforce we "choose" to be in."
Tamesha Snider
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"Full Sail is a very fast paced school. Before a student decides to attend here you must make sure school is your only priority. The staff is what makes this the best school in America! The networking is awesome if you have to apply yourself. I still communicate with everyone m, and my professors reach out from time to time to make sure I'm doing good."
Gideon Miller
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"This school most has a lot more cons than it does pros. The pros of Full Sail University is the launch box and...... that's about it. The cons of this school is that it lacks diversity among teachers, and they expect you to teach yourself the assignments. Half the time they could not provide me the material to complete my assignments. Most of the teachers there are angry condescending has beens who peaked in the 1990's who cannot find work now. Paying 60,0000 to be taught by know it all has beens. I withdrew from the course and an now attending a new University that gives me everything that I need. Thank You."
James Steed
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"I loved Full Sail University for it's year round curriculum and highly dedicated instructors and staff. I gained skills that helped to propel me through my term in the military as a collateral public affairs officer and now after earning my GI bill I am planning to go back to school and earn my Masters of Fine Arts in Film!"
Fallen Feather Films
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"I had a great experience at Full Sail University. So many great memories were made at that school. Though most importantly the amazing teachers. These teachers will stick with you all the way through even after graduation. If you have a question about anything with the industry they will keep teaching you. Even though you have them for one month they truly do become family. I look Facebook and so many success stories from classmates that I graduated with. I went off to working for my own video production company and was hired on a job based on the fact that I went to Full Sail. It's top notch! Though don't think its easy. Most people go in thinking it's easy and everything will be given to you. It's hard. Though if you show up to class on time and you should be on Lombardi time. (If you don't know what that is then look it up before you go to Full Sail.) If you do the work, participate, and NETWORK you will do just fine. The biggest flaw to the school is that their career placement department is not very good. They will keep up with you for about a week or two after graduation and then they just float out to sea and you won't ever hear from them again. Though don't worry if you go through this school and manage to succeed you won't need this department to help you. You will fall into a job fairly easy. Though it will take time but if you put all of your heart into finding a job you will get it."
  • Reviewed: 12/2/2016
  • Degree: Film Production
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2016
  • Degree: Film Production
"A complete waste of time. I could have networked in popular film environments and landed a job. Saving me 80k in debt. Egotistical teachers and horrible learning techniques. Met nice people that's all that was interesting about that place. I wouldn't advise anyone to go here. When I was looking at colleges I thought that the bad reviews weren't a deal breaker but I was wrong."
past student
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2015
  • Degree: Film Production
"Great education as a technician. Not so much on the creative aspect. Fast degree and lots of debt."
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2015
  • Degree: Film Production
"It was fast, and efficient. I wish that the courses were longer. I wish that we had been helped more after college to get into the work force."
C. Good
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2014
  • Degree: Film Production
"The Digital Cinematography BS program is great for those who are interested in the latest digital formats for filming. It's a comprehensive course, packed with lots of practical information and projects to get you up and running. It's an accelerated curriculum and is not for those who need the classroom interaction to get motivated. In order to succeed and get the most out of the course, you have to be self-motivated and really want to learn and apply the techniques and information."