Full Sail University Reviews - Bachelor's in Graphic Design
Review of Graphic Design Bachelors Degrees
I greatly enjoyed my time at Full Sail and feel like I really got the education I paid for. I did the online Graphic Design BS program. I see a lot of negative reviews for Full Sail on this site. But, from my perspective, it was a great ride and well worth the money. I will say you have to be self-motivated and serious about your education if you are attempting any online program. Every month is a different class and the classes are taught by people who are or were in the Graphic Design field. That greatly helps because you know they know their stuff. I graduated Valedictorian and won Advanced Achievement as well as 5 Course Director Awards. I put in the hard work and Full Sail gave me every opportunity to (for a lack of a better term) sail. I ended up getting a job as Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer because of my education at Full Sail. If you are self-motivated I would recommend the Full Sail online programs 100%!
I had studied for one of the online bachelors degree that they offered. Let's just say one thing, every time I talked to the administration office or student liaison it was almost a new person every call if not every other call. I don't know if it's high turn over rate or what but normally institutions have a consistent group of people working with students and I find it odd how I found myself meeting a new person each time. This continued over 3 years. Now how this effects my academics is concerning. If I were to have personal issues with struggles in school I would likely have to re-explain myself each time I call. I do not like how I didn't have a designated go to person to talk to to feel secure about my academic progress at the school. The courses are highly accelerated and quite annoying to me because I don't properly soak all the material that is taught. You basically spend 1 week on curriculum that is meant to be spread out for 3 weeks. I also felt as if I never properly got to work on assignments the way I wanted to or to be creative and put my creativity to work because you cannot rush creativity. I always felt I was rushing to meet a deadline more than I was creating quality work and was never satisfied with majority of my outcomes and this is meant to be your portfolio to present to companies or people you'd like to work for, how can I submit that when I'm unsatisfied with it? If you're considering this school, I'd advise you to go elsewhere. Credits are nontransferable, the institution itself doesn't care about its students, you're merely pocket money they're accumulating. It costs the same as other institutions so it's better to just go elsewhere for your education and is much more worth your while than here. While I find everything about this school irritating, curriculum goes so fast that you barely have enough time to really fit in any questions you have to your professors. The one positive thing I have to say about this school is that most of the teachers are very passionate and very caring (but most professors at any school are about the same so it's nothing special here); however you're still paying to essentially teach yourself. Seriously. Find a different school. I really wish I did.
This entire school is a joke. There are maybe 3 teachers out of all of them that actually care to create their own coursework and tutorial videos. You could literally teach yourself the entirety of what they "teach" you via YouTube tutorials or Google. I have had plenty of teachers actually link to another professor's work not even attached to this school on Lynda.com instead of teaching the course themselves. Responses are always delayed and unhelpful as well, and it's generally as if the instructors don't want to put the effort forth to teach you. Don't waste your money here. It's basically a scam and not worth it. Go somewhere else that will actually be worth your while and will actually TEACH you. I'm only going through with this so that I can get my degree since it's too late for me to back out now.
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I hated going here. The first year was okay, I kept up with the material as I was self taught because the teachers don't exactly help you. Around the next year I started to get burnt out and things happened in my personal life to cause me to feel as if I really needed a break from school to collect myself and balance my life out. Every time I requested a month or 2 off for personal they requested "documentation" They request documentation for EVERYthing. Mind you I consistently tried and they just ask for documentation before they can give me time off. It was literally as something simple as someone passing away and they request a documentation of their funeral or some shit...like wtf. Telling a normal school or your job that if someone close passed away and you needed time off, they'd normally be generous enough to accept it and give you the time to mourn. Now I'm struggling in it because I wasn't given the time I needed(my gpa is now effected) I can't get out cuz I'm debt deep. The student liaison group pretends like they help you but in the end you feel like you didn't get any help. Even after you submit documentation, it goes through a review by the "higher ups" to whether or not it was accepted. So if it gets denied then what do you do? You deal with it. No sympathy or humanity shown. I literally hate this school. TL;DR No breaks, you're on your own & thanks for the money.
Amazing graphic design online program. It challenged me, was fun, increased my knowledge and ability to design. The staff and instructors are helpful, approachable, caring, and experts in their subject field. My time at Full Sail was worth every penny I spent. I'd recommend Full Sail 100%.
I just want to forewarn anybody who is considering Full Sail Online (that's all I know of it, I was not a campus student) that the school is solely a piece of paper (if you make it to the end.) I feel like it was a waste of years and that I need to continue learning by myself (which we mostly had to do) but now I'll have the time to learn what I want and actually get in depth details. Most instructors took forever to get grades back, and each class lasts a month long-- if an assignment builds upon the assignment before it, it's just not fair to not receive any feedback in time. Materials are so unorganized. I don't think information was presented the best way it could have been. With a school like this they should have had a well thought out program from class 1 to the last class. So it flows and everything is covered. But many important things are skipped and easy thing are covered over and over again. No option for physical text book. I hate that. I love flipping through pages and highlighting THEN KEEPING THE BOOK IN MY OWN LIBRARY. But they have a Safari online library that expires when graduation expires I'm assuming. I just think I would have learned so much more by only spending money on the Lynda.com account originally. I would feel a lot more confident about my skills and a lot less stressed about money right now. The only good thing about the school is the "friendships/networking" with my classmates. PS, it's just been 2 days since my "graduation" date and within that amount of time I've learned a heck of a lot more on Lynda than I did in my last three classes combined.
So far, I love this school. Anything that has gone wrong while attending has been entirely of my making. I did have problems when I was first trying to get in. A couple of the student advisors weren't people friendly and were not as attentive as they should have been but that was finally remedied when I finally got the nerve to ask for someone who would do their job. Other than that issue, it's been great. I have recommended this school already to many people and have even tried to get people to reconsider going to other schools and look into Full Sail. I wish I wasn't just an online student. There are so many great events that take place on campus that I would love to be able to attend. Unfortunately, the drive from Maine to Florida and back is just too exhausting for me to do.
Full Sail University is one of the best. They actually take the time and prepare you for the real world. Your classes actually matter and are not just there to fill the time or for an extra credit. I feel that they fully prepared me to go out in the real world as a designer. I learned valuable skills and was given advice that I will take with me. The instructors care and are always there to help. The student support is amazing, everybody wants to help and are there for advice, feedback, and just to talk. They give you all the equipment you need and keep you up-to-date, which is extremely important in the entertainment field. I also like fast-paced curriculum, it only took me 3 years to get a Bachelors' Degree. While doing it online, I did not feel isolated. The only thing I have to say is that it is expensive, like any other degree program. There are not too many scholarships, but they do try and help you out where they can. The support is amazing after school as well, the advisers are there for a lifetime, they will help you find a job and give advice. I would highly recommend to check this school out!