Full Sail University Reviews
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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.
As the business school is fairly new, I was ready for the worst. I just about get that. Class after class, Im presented with work and assignments that literally do NOTHING for me. Some assignments require me to find information that doesnt exist. Others are simply a waste of time. I want to do REAL. WORK. Have real experiences under my belt, real things to show! Isnt that what Full Sail claims to offer? Real world education? Plus, Ive experiencing true evil, such as getting scholarships taken away just for switching degree programs. I worked hard for a $20,000 scholarship and lost it just because I had a better idea of what I wanted to do with my career. Also, dont get me started on their beloved Hall of Fame week. Full Sail has studios that are literally falling apart yet theyre able to pay for thousands of dollars worth of staging and fireworks for their award ceremony and Apple TVs and drones that they just give away for free to buy their students love. Yet, they cant take care of their rusting school or offer us students more to enhance our experiences and skills. God, I could say much more but its not worth my time.
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.
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.
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.
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.