Full Sail University Reviews - Bachelor's in Music Production

2.48 out of 5 stars
(15 Reviews)
45% of 15 students said this degree improved their career prospects
40% of 15 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars
N/A - 4/7/2020
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"This is a terrible school. The only good thing about Full Sail is the shiny new things you get to play with (especially as a music student and getting to be in a studio) and I believe this is how they trap kids (especially ones fresh out of high-school like I was) who don't know any better. Do research into other schools, this school is way overpriced with nothing to show for it. I have many friends who are years passed graduated and still have not found any jobs in the fields they went to Full Sail for. This school warns you their curriculum is fast paced but do not expand onto what degree. If you slip behind even a tiny bit the instructors here will not help you at all. 90% of their staff is rude and totally unprofessional. I was attending to get my B.S. but I left after I received my associates to go to a much, MUCH better university for not nearly as much money. There is a huge difference in this school and the school I actually ended up getting my Bachelor's from in what a university should be. There is a reason this school has a terrible graduation rate. The only reason I even gave this school 2 stars is because I do have a better understanding of music but I could've gotten that at a much better university. Stay away."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hilda David - 4/1/2020
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2020
"As an online students in Music Production Program, I have many problems with communicating with instructors or finding tutoring for my classes. Full Sail Technical support is unhelpful and never really solve the problems for students. The waiting of holding on the phone call is too long and wasting my time overall. The career development never really help you find an intern or entry level job and most of the instructors aren't willing to help the online students when they're struggling with the tasks. The cost of tuition isn't worth it for the quality of education experiences. Before I was a Full Sail student, I had attended a community college in Washington State, and the learning experiences are way better than my experiences in Full Sail University. Since Full Sail University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), you can't transfer any course to the schools are accredited by CAAHEP or regional agency."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Kazem J - 4/22/2019
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Samson - 10/7/2018
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"I'm gonna make this simple. I enrolled, got the books but decided within two weeks of class starting that this school was not for me. Now they are coming after me for $20k. I didn't attend any classes and they think I'm going to pay them as if I did....nope not happening, what a joke. Beware!"
2.5 out of 5 stars
Brett Cherokee - 6/12/2018
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am still currently enrolled and actively finishing my degree and feel like I should give an honest review. First, the accessibility of online classes. Their online course platform known as FSO is honestly pretty intuitive. Some of the best Web development I've seen in a long time. It's fast, simple, easy to use for anyone and everything is laid out perfectly. 5 stars on that. But that's sadly where the 5 stars end... Now for the Instructors and course curriculum. For online courses, you as a student often find yourself feeling like an after thought. This isn't to speak for all instructors because I've had a few that are really involved and would often respond and have in depth conversations about my troubles and how to fix them. To these instructors, I applaud you. The majority of instructors I've had though have been distance, take weeks to give feedback on assignments, sometimes after the class has already finished and sometimes just grade you with no feedback. These same instructors will often also have entire courses made up of Lynda classes and often times you just end up teaching yourself. Like I said, this does not reflect ALL instructors at Full Sail University. But the lack of custom course material provided by a majority of instructors personally is... disheartening. Another thing id like to comment on is the amount of online accounts you have to create. These are accounts youll create and use for one class and then theyll never be used again. I assume this is because these are partners of Full Sail and in return, a lot of courses are based off all these sites for traffic and exposure. Its honestly... pretty shady to me... It doesnt necessarily detract from the material... but its alittle much. Now on to time constraints... I will say if you have a full time job and work 40+ hours a week... balancing work, this school, and your life will be difficult. Possible but difficult so don't give up. So honestly overall... if you have other options in the form of attending a 4 year college in person, do that. Don't enroll in Full Sail online, or at least attend Full Sail on campus. Now this could just be my unfortunate experience and maybe I've just gotten unlucky but either way, this is what I've been through attending Full Sail Online. Also know that I will be finishing my degree as I've put almost 2 years into this and don't give up easily. So wish me luck."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Gleb Petropavlovskii - 4/30/2018
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2019
"I was expecting a little bit more from that college, in terms of workload and difficulty. Sometimes instructors challenge you over any reasonable limits, and sometimes you don't even have to submit anything for a week. This school might be frustrating at times, but it's a great experience. An important thing to say about that school, and about the music-related education - you not going to get a good job right out of college. Some people expect immediate employment right after college. That does happen, but it's a rare occasion. Don't expect much, and don't think it's easy. Oh, and be wary of inhuman scheduling here. I'm at the easy month now, and my classes start at 9 am, and end at 1 am."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Kirk - 3/16/2018
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2019
"The Full Sail experience is just like an experience at any other school. It's all about what you put into it. No school on the planet is perfect. And no school will guarantee you will have success. A school just provides the foundation of a career. It's up to the student to do further research and learning. Since I've been at Full Sail, I've learned so much about music, the music industry, the entertainment industry. I've learned things I would've NEVER learned on my own. I even released some songs, and have them licensed. I would've NEVER got to this point without Full Sail. I graduate next year, and where I go in my career is all on my shoulders. Full Sail lived up to what I was sold on. People say they fail class after class. Well, I have to say, that's not the schools fault. Sure, I've had a few tough classes. But I just buckled down and applied myself. There were maybe a class, or two, that I couldn't stand. But I made sure I passed just so I wouldn't have to repeat them. The nonsense about having to pay to repeat a classic......nonsense. You have a limit on how many classes you can repeat before you DO have to pay. So if you are constantly flunking, that student has to look in the mirror and blame THAT person, and not the school. I've seen a HUGE difference in my music, and audio engineering, knowledge before I became a Full Sail student, and now."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Andy - 2/28/2018
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2014
"Let's get one thing out of the way: this is a college education where you will not be held by the hand the entire way. Your reward is directly reflected by the work you are willing to put into the program. In an online environment, the student has all the resources available to them to succeed. Rarely was I able to not get help in some form or fashion. While there are some instructors that took their time in responding to help, most were willing to offer their assistance when asked. What I have found is that there are lot of non-music people pursuing this degree and are surprised that there is a theory component to the program. News flash: its a MUSIC degree. You will encounter fellow students who struggle with the theory and may not do so well. While attending, I too was frustrated at some aspects. One being that I am a guitarist and the course is centered around piano and keys. This, too, is to be expected in a music degree. Here are some things that you will get out of the program; A clear understanding of modern recording techniques and tools inside a DAW, songwriting theory, and various methods and ways to navigate the music industry to make a living doing what you love. Just because you finish the degree, don't expect to walk into a wealthy career right away. Like most jobs in the music industry, there is a lot of competition fighting for the contract or hire. This school will at least give you some tools to be competitive. I used my undergrad to follow on to graduate school. I recently graduated with honors in an AACSB regionally accredited MBA program. Other Universities recognize Full Sail University as a legitimate institution. I'm active duty military and used my Music Production Degree to get on staff at the Navy School of Music to teach sound reinforcement and work as an audio engineer. I can validate for those interested that the curriculum taught at Full Sail is standard industry practice. I've had discussions with others with similar degrees from much more expensive schools and there are similarities in the programs."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Davis Meissner - 6/19/2017
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2010
"Worst school ever. Their credits mean nothing. I went to Full Sail and worked for 7 years in Los Angeles. I made terrible money. Came across a lot of engineers in the same boat. Full Sail has no connections in the industry and you will be on your own looking for work. I am now back in school for electrical engineering and I can not get into schools or get financial aid because I already have a bachelor degree. Even though they won't take any of the credits because it's not a real school."
2.4 out of 5 stars
James - 3/30/2017
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2013
"Full Sail University offers great programs for anyone looking to improve their resume but not for people trying to enter into their perspective field of interest. You get to learn and have real hands on experience with the latest technology and my complete experience while attending was rather excellent. However, besides being rather pricey (even for a "for profit institution"), it is only Nationally accredited NOT regionally accredited. If you're thinking about trying to transfer your credits to a state institution, forget about it because they will not recognize your degree. You have to start from square one, even with your Gen. Ed. classes. I feel like I've wasted my time and GI Bill but I do not blame the school. Do your research. Hopefully this review will prevent others from experiencing the same set back that I'm now having to endure."
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