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I was in the program for Internet Marketing and a quarter of the way my father became very ill. I had to make a choice and so I called the school to talk to my advisor and told him my situation, that my father was very ill and my mother needed help caring for him. The advisor couldn't really offer any advise, because as he said "I'm not here to guide you and can't tell you what's best for you", told me that I had a few days to think things over and then I'd have to make a decision, I knew that I wouldn't be able to continue so I dropped before I could get any further to avoid more debt. Still, to this day, I'm dealing some of the most heartless and helpless staff I've ever encountered. I've heard all the stories about how great G. is to students in need and how some of the instructors go out of their way to really help students with things like food and giving real advise, but their administrative side always reminds me that I'm just a credit score and payment to them. Where is the compassion? The true ADVISORS? Be warned the student advisors only exist to give you comfort in the beginning and coax you into thinking that they're there for your well being and education, but in reality only serve to get you in debt and stay in debt to the school. Nelnet and Naviant (formerly Sallie Mae) have a deal with this school, just follow the rabbit.
Full Sail only cares about the money. They could care less about the value of the education. Professors are under-qualified, rude and rarely go out of their way to help you out. They simply copy/paste the class material at the start of the month and come back at the end to give you a grade. That grade typically offers no feedback because they are too lazy to do it. I graduated from the Game Design program and then got 1/2 way through the masters program before I had just had enough.
I was expecting a little bit more from that college, in terms of workload and difficulty. Sometimes instructors challenge you over any reasonable limits, and sometimes you don't even have to submit anything for a week. This school might be frustrating at times, but it's a great experience. An important thing to say about that school, and about the music-related education - you not going to get a good job right out of college. Some people expect immediate employment right after college. That does happen, but it's a rare occasion. Don't expect much, and don't think it's easy. Oh, and be wary of inhuman scheduling here. I'm at the easy month now, and my classes start at 9 am, and end at 1 am.
I have been a student at Full Sail University for a few years, I complete my Bachelor's and my Master's Degree here and I have to say I have been completely disappointed with the school in the past few months. My Bachelor was an amazing expierence, however when it comes to my master's degree I have felt like I am just a cash cow. During the past few months I have had a teacher be extremely rude to me, in the most delittle ways. When I brough up the concerns to my student advisor, they address their disappointment and said they were going to look into it but I really never hear back. Recently over the Spring break I had another teacher assign and make due an assigment during the break, and when I fail to complete it, I brough up the concern that I was out of the state because of spring break and the school basically said oh well teachers can assign assignments at their discretion. This is completely unacceptable given the amount of money we spent to come to this school. I would highly recome for student to look at other option like UCF, because at Full Sail it seems like they only really care about your money and not your education. I think the Bachelor of Digital Arts and Design was amazing, what a shame I cannot say the same about Internet Marketing Master's
My experience here was excellent. The quality of education I received was better than any higher ed university I have attended. We worked with cutting edge industusty standard hardware and software. Upon graduation I left with an impressive portfolio I still maintain. I was immediately hired as an instructor at a college and as a full time instructional designer upon graduation. I work with an enormous amount of clients creating training and educational materials for higher ed, government, and the private sector. I have tripled my income and receive regular raises and offers to take on private contracts. There is a MASSIVE market for instructional designers and I am always in demand. I turn down Work regularly since I simply do not have time and am always booked. The company that hired me initially hired me as a contractor, then quickly brought me on as an official employee. Since the time I have joined the company they have also almost tripled in size in regards to the number of designers we have and we still turn down new contracts almost weekly. I keep in touch with at least 2 other graduates and we are all gainfully employed. Another who graduated with me was also immediately hired as an instructional designer and. She now makes $90,000 starting at a new company. Full sail has the most impressive knowledgeable stress free 24hour a day tech support I have ever seen anywhere. Any problem no matter how technical was always resolved within 15 minutes. All the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and excellent to work with. More importantly all of the courses I took were extremely relevant to my program. I graduated Full Sail with the skills required for my profession and was able to transition smoothly and confidentially into the work force which I can not say the same about my bachelors degree which I obtained through a traditional university. Not everyone will do well at Fullsail. The course material was intense and I had to work very hard. The software we had to learn was also difficult but mandatory. I will say that for the program I was in it simply was not possible to graduate unless you learned/mastered the material. I am also not a traditional student, meaning I always do my best work and take school/work seriously unlike some people. I was a HS honors graduate and the Valedictorian for my Fullsail Masters program. Failure is not an option for me. I also targeted attending Fullsail specifically after extensive research over many different universities. Today Professionally I teach at a state college (employment I was hired for while attending Fullsail before I even graduated from Full Sail), and produce educational materials for an enormous amount of other higher ed institutions, government, law enforcement, and private sector companies. I can honestly say that I have never seen a better university than Fullsail. Fullsail is the best investment I have EVER made! If you are thinking about going here it is important to consider carefully the degree you choose. Even if you get a great education it doesnt mean you will get a great paying job. Specifically while all of their sound/audio related degrees are the best out there, the market is really small. You pretty much have to be the absolute best out there to get a good high paying job in that field. I attend a lot of conventions and ran into a guy who went to Fullsail also who did game design. He was immediately hired by Bethesda and he said he had zero problems transitioning into the video game industry professionally there after graduation. He too LOVED the college and feels it was a worthwhile investment. The company I work with was so impressed with me we have actually reached out to 2 fullsail graduates to hire specifically because I saw their work in college and my employer now has confidence in the school based on my work for them and experience at the college. Dont listen to naysayers. If you are thinking about Fullsail trust me its fantastic. Best higher ed experience I have ever had and attending there has opened many many doors. Again choosing a great University is only half the process. The rest is up to you. In case anyone is wondering I did not work while attending Fullsail.
Full Sail is a fast-paced school where slackers can't keep up. Students who don't want to put in the effort or manage their time expect full credit for less than satisfiable work. Everyone has the chance to see what they will be doing each month before enrolling so they know what they will be studying but want to complain when they have to do that work like it is a shock. I actually don't mind this type student failing or giving up because they don't want to do the work. It makes it easier for the dedicated graduates to get a job. As far as wanting to know if it is worth it, look at the courses on what you want to study, research to see if you need a degree to do that type of work and talk to the school and form your own opinion. If you think it will be easy and can slack off then don't bother enrolling at Full Sail or any other school. Don't waste your time even trying.
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.