Full Sail University Reviews - Bachelor's in Film ProductionSee reviews of all programs at Full Sail University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.