Full Sail University Reviews
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This school really fit my lifestyle, while working and supporting myself it was flexible for me. I was nervous at first that it wasn't going to be recognized by people in the industry as a real degree because I took it online. I'm happy to say that this was not the case, I live in LA and I already work at a studio. The job placement was pretty helpful but you don't start off as a senior director you have to start off as an aid and assistant which I get. Overall pleased with the experience but it was a journey and there were some bumps along the way. Definitely recommend the school they aren't just in it for your money.
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.
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.
For those interested, I have detailed a full account of my time at Full Sail University in my blog. To all the many naysayers of this school I do want to address a few things: You get what you put into your education anywhere you go. Half of being in these industries that Full Sail attempt to prepare you for are based in deadlines and being able to meet them. If this is discouraging, this might not be for you. Ask questions! Many professors or students love to be asked for help! If a teacher is not available, ask around about another professor that might be able to help you. Hell, ask a classmate who might understand the material better. Don't limit yourself, join Facebook groups within your industry to ask for feedback! Don't let the first few classes fool you into thinking this school is easy. You will be surprised at how difficult things get and then the portfolio Professors will be very strict on their requirements. There are some professors that suck, like with any college. One I had, in particular, was bad at giving grades on time to be any source of help and my classmates and I had to really communicate with each other in order to pass and we didn't even have any group assignments for that class. Also, being that I did my degree online, you had that issue as well. Getting time coordinated goes with the territory if you do classes online. This is the price you pay for having a more convenient way of getting a college degree. Lastly, I would like to tell people considering Full Sail or any college for that matter that once you are done, you will be surprised at how the pure grind of college has changed you. It will change how you work and give you creative ways to motivate yourself. It might even be a little difficult to describe but I know that, in general, I just feel like I can tackle problems a lot easier. I hope this helps someone making that expensive (but worthwhile) choice in colleges. And remember, do what makes you happy.
This is a very awesome school for hands on learners. I love the fact that they supply you with the nessesities that you need for school which includes the latest Macbook pro. This school is what YOU make it. It is very fast paced and there is a new class every month.
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've earned both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Full Sail. The course of study for both degrees provided real world, practical insight and education for my fields of study. People know that my education isn't just theory and are more willing to work with me. I highly recommend this school to people wishing to work in the entertainment industry.
Absolutely terrible school. The instructors and administration are unprofessional and small minded. You learn more from Lynda.com then from your own instructor (who takes forever-and-a-day to grade your assignments.) I wish I never went to this school and I would advise anyone out there who's looking for a real education as well as a real college degree to go else where.
Full Sail fails at a lot of things, but so do most colleges. There is nothing you can learn at a university that you cannot learn from Youtube and Google. However, I have had directors, casting agents, production companies, and so much more just interview me because I went to Full Sail. When I did get the job I had to prove myself, when I didn't I only had myself to blame. All of the negative comment on here are, more than likely, from students who could not make it by themselves. Full Sail is fast paced and a lot of what you will learn you can find out on Youtube or Google, but there are a few things that you would never know to research without the help of the professors. Full Sail is hard as any other school will be and you gamble either way, but I, personally, believe it is worth it. However the career services, for me, are not up to par! I found all my jobs myself, but fill sail gave me the skills to get those jobs.
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.