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Going to Full Sail has been one of the worst experiences of my life. The school is an absolute nightmare to deal with. The courses are a sick, expensive joke. The instructors will link you to video lectures not created by Full Sail and the students are 100% expected to teach themselves. To add to the frustration, you can find most of the stuff they're linking to for free via YouTube/Google. The instructors will give you completely meaningless feedback, if they bother to give you any at all. I can also guarantee that if you email your professor a question you will get a rude, unhelpful response. If you fail a class you will quickly have a Pay-To-Retake fee slapped on to your account. That being said, some of the classes set you up for failure. The lectures and research material will only cover half of what you need to complete your assignments, so good luck figuring out the other stuff. Since the courses are so fast paced, it's easy to rack up several Pay-To-Retake fees in a short amount of time. I've been working with Full Sail to change my degree program, and it's taking them months to get everything processed. So even though I'm not completing assignments (since I'm changing degrees) I'm still being automatically thrown into classes and "failing" them, as Full Sail continues to collect Pay-To-Retake fees. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone, it's overpriced and will bring you nothing but stress.
An amazing school, you will learn the tools needed in the workforce. It is what you put into it. If you think because you graduated that you can land any job think again, network, be an intern learn the backgrounds of the field then you will land the job of your dreams.
I graduate from Full Sail this year, and I've been trying to determine if I want to continue and get my Masters through them or a more well-known school solely for the fact that half of this world only cares about where you went to school. I came across this page while trying to find what professionals think of Full Sail and I'm astonished by all of the bad reviews. I love this school. I went to a community college fresh out of high school and failed every single one of my classes for two years. Then, I found Full Sail. I explained that I failed all my classes because I wasn't interested and my school didn't care about me, they promised me I would find a better experience at Full Sail, and they weren't lying. From the start, the staff has been very helpful and concerned with making sure my experience was great. Did they have to? No. Did my student liaison have to call me once a month to check up on how my studies were going and if I was comfortable? Did the technical support team have to be by my side 24 hours a day (yes, I'm the girl to call at midnight because Microsoft word isn't working)? Does my financial aid advisor have to go above and beyond to help me find ways to continue this amazing education when the government aid gave no s**** about me because my parents didn't file their taxes? (I'm a 22-year-old homeowner, and, according to the government, you are considered to be a dependent of your parents until you're 24, are married or have a child, but that's another topic I don't need to get into right now) If you're so concerned about money, then sure, don't go here because it is expensive. But I paid a lot less here than I would have at USF or UT or UCF or NYU. And the teachers care about me! They care about me even after I finish their classes! I'm in multiple facebook groups from my past teachers. You guys are really mad that you have to work around a teachers office hours? This isn't high school. This is college. The world doesn't revolve around you. Teachers have office hours for a reason. Chances are, if you call or email them during office hours, they will answer. As for people saying the teachers don't create their own courses and lectures. POSH. So what if they get youtube videos and outside articles to add to the required readings? Those are your EXTRA readings guys. Who do you think picks out those articles and videos? Who picks out the non-traditional text books? That are included in your tuition that you DON'T have to spend 300 on per book? I've been enrolled in this school for over a year (as an online student), and in EVERY single class, I've had a MANDATORY Go-To-Meeting lecture. Where the teacher sits for an hour and goes over that week's lecture and assignments and lets everyone who comes ask question. So did you guys not attend? Or you're just mad that isn't your typical college? Because this isn't your typical college. It's an arts college with a non-traditional program. And that's what so great about it.
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.
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 am a current student here and about to graduate with a BS in Game Design. I will tell you that you will be fooled by the "high tech, fancy, cutting edge" propaganda that this university will sell you. Yes, you will get tech and new products (I was given a Macbook and an iPad mini), but you will pay for them so what's the point? Your instructors will be people who have very little experience or credentials and will constantly give you conflicting information and remain extremely unprofessional. I say that as a generalization, but in my entire time at this university possibly 5 of my 30 instructors have been professional and worth the money you will pay for this school. You will constantly call to complain or inquire about this and that because nothing will be done correctly or the way that you were told it would (take for example my current class, which should have started 2 days ago. There are no assignments posted and the instructor cannot be reached by me or by the university). Those who leave good reviews saying "You get out what you put in" are not wrong. You will not be taught anything. You will be given direction to watch a YouTube video about a subject and then expected to find any additional information about the subject on your own. So, yes, you must put in A LOT in order to get ANYTHING out of this school because you have to teach yourself. Why not save 100k and just do it yourself? If all of these things are not convincing you to not attend this university because, like me, you want the fancy degree and you want to be able to say you went to a "leading" school in this industry -- PLEASE read reviews from companies that refuse to accept graduates from Full Sail. Your degree from this school is worth nothing and companies in these industries only care about your skills and what you can offer. You are STILL much better off learning for yourself the information and gaining these skills.
Worst ever and expensive as heck! Fast past and tedious, you basically have to learn on YouTube and Google, because they aren't teaching you squat! Instructors are a joke and so is the school. 50k in the hole with only a few classes to finish, starting off easy and learnable. But they keep failing me to retake and pay fees at my senior year. Do not go there! I easily invest 8+ hrs a day and 6 to 7 days a week to just pass there fraudulent course work. With working 40+ hrs a week at my full time job. If there was a no pay to retake, then that would help with their BS course work. At 3k a pop to retake, that's just ludicrous! You'll have to learn and finish projects in a 4 weeks time frame. But, at a REAL school , it what will take a few semesters (easily 3-6 months) to actually learn and comprehend their course work. Just stay away and heed my warning! If not, then good luck to you.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID. This school started out fine for the first 3 months. After that its been downhill and is becoming apparent that this is a for profit school. I was on track to meet graduation date I had to retake a class that I passed with a D even though still passing just so they could collect a fee for retake the reasoning oh the teacher said you were on the borderline so thats why it was done. Therein lies the problem Ive threatened with transfer to another university only to find out none of the credits will transfer Im too deep in now to quit and the teachers act as if its even a chore to help you the online videos are either from YouTube Lynda.com or a classroom lecture that has the audio with a PowerPoint on it and no real showing of how to navigate or use a program please please please do yourself a favor and RUN as far away from this school as you can.
THIS SCHOOL SUCKS! I am a Master's Degree graduate from Full Sail Online. The price for what you get is not worth it. Find a more traditional school. Most of the instructors are not very friendly or helpful. If you email more than a few questions they get upset as if you are asking them to teach you or something. You will spend 95% of your time learning from the actual textbook and YouTube videos than you do anything else. You don't get to look at any of your peers course-work which was a huge part of learning for me in Undergrad. I seen my peers present week after week and I learned A TON about our subjects just observing what my peers came about with and how they navigate the assignment. The alumni program is a joke, they hype up their career development center that only helps you with jobs based out of Florida and networking events based out of Florida which does sh** for online students. After you graduate, you don't have access to any of your course books (which is where you did ALL your learning) yet they are glad to charge you for the books. Save your money and look for another school. That includes you to Veterans. I am a Marine Corps Veteran. This school sucks even if its paid and you are being paid to go.
As I was attending a community college, I was looking for a change of scenery school wise. I had looked up a few schools concentrating around journalism/communications; Full Sail University came up. I had had contacted the school, which they had informed me that in order for me to pursue the program I wanted I needed to have a bachelors degree before enrolling. Two or three years later I enrolled into Full Sail. Unfortunately, my first couple weeks to a month was quite frustrating. I was told that I would have an academic advisor in time prior to classes starting; wrong. I was literally on my own, with no one to go to for academic help, for the entire year being at Full Sail. I was extremely upset. Supposedly I was assigned to an academic advisor, however, I wouldnt have known that if it wasnt for me calling the school and asking someone. I had to go through numerous hoops and links on the school website to find my so called advisor. I emailed her a few times and never received a response. This was a constant pattern for my year at Full Sail. When I had questions or needed help I had to call the school for answers. NO ONE ever called me to see how I was doing with the program or if I had any questions or concerns. Coming straight out of University of Phoenix, I NEVER had this problem. Both my academic and financial aid advisors were on top of things. My academic advisor called me every week to make sure things were ok and my financial aid advisor called me when necessary when things needed to be submitted and ALWAYS answered my emails and calls within a timely manner. Full Sails financial aid department, in my opinion, is a joke. No communication at all within the department and no one knows how to do their job. I dont know how many times I had to call and make sure things were being done when I was trying to get a loan. I submitted every piece of paperwork that was required on time with weeks to spew to make sure they had enough time to submit what they needed to submit. Turns out no one pushed the papers forward for me to get approved for this particular loan and surprise surprise ..... I had to call myseld to check the status since someone failed to call me and inform me that the papers were never submitted and the deadline was already passed. I was livid a this point. I submitted what I needed to on time and they failed to do their part; screwing me over. But looking at it now, I wouldve been that much more in debt to payback so whatever. The professors were pretty decent some gave more pointers and advice than others, and some professors were very vague in their instructors, which forced me to figure it out on my own. I feel as though Lynda was the teacher in all of this because thats where we were directed to most of the time. Dont get me wrong, I learned A LOT during my time at Full Sail. I learned things that I never knew and figured out how to work different programs. However, when it comes to job placements and finding jobs; pointless and not helpful. Being that Full Sail is based in Florida (and Im in California), the job listings that I received were based in a Florida and Florida only. I had to go a different direction with finding jobs that arent based off of my degree in New Media Journalism because I have had no luck in finding anything that I can qualify for or find a job that was close enough to home.