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Between the course directors and their level of engagement with students, the courses and their ability to provide valuable insights into the music industry, and the rigor (consistency and the level of challenge offered by classes), this program has definitely helped me learn an exceptional amount when it comes to my desired career within the music industry. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a career within the entertainment or music industry.
Nationally accredited, not regionally. If youre looking to get a M.S. or transfer credits to another school at a later date, that information will be EXTREMELY important later on because regionally accredited schools are accepted everywhere but its not the same for nationally accredited. It will be severely limited. First half of the degree is great, had a handful of instructors who really love their job and it shows in their work ethic. However, there is a severe decline in instructor participation and response time in the second half. In order to succeed you cant just rely on the information provided in class. You WILL need to explore other resources (most are provided in your tuition but so few people actually use them) like Lynda, YouTube, Substance, Artstation, etc..... The school literally gives you the foundation but in order to build a house, you need to utilize your resources or else you wont last. Ive had confrontations with some instructors on the grading scale and to be perfect honest, one of the best things that they could work on is an universal grading scale because some instructors are FAR more advanced than others and because of that their grading curve is far steeper. You may get away with an A for delivering the basics but in another class, that same effort will only get you a low C. So beware trying to get through the program with just the basics. You may be able to graduate but you wont land yourself a job.
I was extremely disappointed in this program. This was my third Masters Degree, so I know what good insruction and good courseware look like. Out of 12 one-month courses in this program, there were only 3...THREE!... instructors worth anything (and FS has since fired the best one). The rest were absolutely horrible, "phoning it in" at best. While they are "accessible" via the LMS, email, or (maybe) phone, they don't bother actually TEACHING anything. Which is understandable since they do not really have much in the way of course material. Every online "live session" I can recall was nothing more than explaining how to do that week's assignment. Most of the courses are canned, built years ago by someone who obviously didn't care very much, with links to online material you can find via Google. You do get some good hardcopy books, but you can get those on your own. The "online" books (some of which are useful) require a student account and once you graduate, they are gone. So...useless for anything long-term. Every instructor demands good grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc (tools of the trade), but the courseware is FULL of sophomoric errors. The ONE thing they do VERY well, is get you enrolled and take your money. Their sales team is very efficient, but they are inept at handling any special situations. Using VA benefits is a breeze because they have the "get money" system down pat. If I had to pay for this on my own, I would have bailed after the second course. I stayed because I like the "one class per month" schedule and, as part of the tuition, you get some cool gear (the "Launch Box") that I didn't want to pay for on my own. Fortunately, for me, those three good instructors gave me enough knowledge and skills to actually back up my "claim" of having an MFA in Creative Writing. So, I found one-fourth of the program to be useful. Also, they coddled one poor student in my class (who had absolutely ZERO knowledge of English grammar, and NO writing skills whatsoever) until one month before graduation, THEN kicked him out. He had no business being there in the first place... and EVERY professor that dealt with him knew it. They didn't have the courseware, instructional ability, or, evidently, desire to actually teach him--just wanted to get his money for as long as they could. So... if you don't mind paying a s***t-ton of money for basically 25% of the product you THINK you're getting, have at it. But if you worked hard for that money and actually want to LEARN SOMETHING OF VALUE... find a school that isn't... well, this one.
I was misled about what classes I'd be taking. The courses kept changing every other month to a class that I didn't originally sign up for or it was moved to a different month. My email was quarantined for months by the school causing me to be fail 6 classes. They kicked me out 2 months before graduation. After dozens of phone calls over the 6 months, they finally resolved it by forgiving one month of a failed class even after admitting they caused the fails by blocking my communication unintentionally. They has me using UDK when UE4 was already out for a couple years and forced me to use a Macbook with a Bootcamp partition so the Windows specific software would run even though Bootcamp doesn't use the specs of the computer's hardware causing a single click 10 minutes to process. One of my teachers is a registered sex offender for taking up-skirt photos at a Target in Winterpark, FL. You won't even learn all of the fundamentals at this school. Most instructors only respond to emails a week later after the assignment is already due and never respond to requests for guidance on a project. I ended up $80k in debt when I was told it would be half of that price. The school lies about helping you find a career and the amount of alumni in the industry. I was 2 months from graduation when my instructor told me that the school doesn't have connections with any game studio. Most alumni become instructors at Full Sail to pay off their insane debt.
Admissions is honestly a joke, here's why. My twin and I attend this school and they kept getting me confused with him and messed up my documents. Due to this, I was forced to push back my start date to a later one. Now on to the staff, the staff do not care about you are education what so ever. You would be lucky to even get a response to a question from your instructor and when your day it would take 24 hours even when your instructor is online. They force you to use various social media to stay in contact but they hardly even respond on there. On to grading, The grading at Full Sail ridiculous, you make one small minor mess up, like for example your UV's are slightly out of 0-1 space they will deduct so many points form your grade and seem like they do this on purpose so they can make you fail that class and take it over gaining them more money. It's not worth it. I honestly regret joining this school but I have one more year to go before I graduate.
I see and hear all the time "you get out what you put in" but at this school its not true. You put in hours and years of time and thousands of dollars for your degree because you want to have abetter life, but all you geg is years wasted and thousands in debt. I graduated salutatorian with a 3.5 gpa and was told by many jobs I was unqualified. I used their career advisors with 0 success because its basically them using sites like indeed to "help" student find a job. I would know because the list they gave me was the same jobs i found on indeed which was the same companies that told me i was unqualified. On top of that i was a self taugh audio engeer but went to full sail because i wanted to be better and whats better than a degree in what you love, right? I wont tell you not to go to this school, i would suggest looking at all options to see if a degree is needed for what you want to do
This school bills on the semester rather than the classes you actually take. Meaning that if you start a course and decide its not for you, You will be billed for that SEMESTER, not the one or two lousy courses you took. I used my entire GI bill here and had an overall pleasant and challenging experience for Computer Science. However when I found out my GI Bill would only cover half the course of my certificate program I stopped hoping I wouldnt be charged, Long story short I am holding a bill for 1875.00 a year Later. BILL BY SEMESTER = you pay for services you have yet to/ or never received.
I must say Full Sail has beaten up my expectations.By those means the instructors don't teach you anything.You rely in info out of books written by game design authors.The teachers on the phone aren't friendly and have smart remarks.The chatting system such as discord are their for questions to your instructor despite that they might come at you like if you're sick they'll be like no it was due and that's it for the tests.The tests online aren't retakeable at full sail.I had three teachers fail me and only one to pass me for having two classes with him.If you're looking to be taught by a "real one" and not by your unprofessional self then go to another university then.Good luck.
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.
Please do not go to this school as they really dont care about you! I was dealing with an online enrollment guide to get me set up to go here, and she was giving attitude towards me asking questions. Of course, we are going to have questions before signing documents as this is a big step for people.