Full Sail University Reviews - Film Production

2.91 out of 5 stars
(17 Reviews)
  • Winter Park (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $24,109
46% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 17 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
J.F. - 2/28/2020
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Working - 11/20/2019
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 1996
"I graduated from Full Sail's film program in the mid-nineties and have remained fairly up to date with the school in the years following, visiting once or twice per year to speak to students and faculty during their Hall of Fame and BTS events. I'm consistently impressed by instructors and staff, and the level of dedication to ensuring a useful learning experience. Lots of practical application and labs, and -- above all -- a focus on commercial viability post-graduation. I've been a working television producer for 20 of the 23 years since my graduation, and had plenty of opportunity early on to dig into new gigs knowing more than the guy or gal sitting next to me on many occasions. In my class alone, several have gone on to great careers, one notably becoming one of the largest providers of sound effects for motion pictures and television. If there's any downside to the school, it's that it communicates early on that they're about learning over enablism. Professionalism counts, and the "ain't it cool" factor quickly turns to "this is hard, but still cool." If you're someone who can't take notes or direction, doesn't believe the notion of film, music, or anything else is a collaborative effort, or thinks that you'll be graduating straight into a six figure gig, think twice. As the marketing says, they'll take your dream seriously. They will not, however, take delusion seriously. This place is about the tech, the work, and preparing yourself for the real world."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Phil - 9/11/2019
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jane - 12/15/2018
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
3.9 out of 5 stars
He Who Shall Not Be Named - 1/14/2018
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
TB - 1/11/2018
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"I'm only going to say one thing about Full Sail University: It isn't accredited. Be sure you know what that means: Your credits aren't "real"; that is, they aren't transferable to another school. Think long and hard about whether you want to start such a program."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Ace - 6/21/2017
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tamesha Snider - 3/22/2017
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Gideon Miller - 2/26/2017
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
James Steed - 2/19/2017
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2012
"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!"
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