Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (87)
I first arrived at FullSail University as a transfer student, from a college that had a traditional offline class attendance structure. The change to the Online format of FullSail's online courseware was a welcome, and very different change from what I was used to. It's truly no lie, FullSail's method of classes does allow you a great degree of freedom to learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, and to schedule your time for coursework appropriately, allowing you to work to any schedule. During my time with the University, FullSail was in the process of redesigning their entire courseware online, and the flow of my own degree program. This did present a lot of difficulty following the program as things were changed, giving a feeling of 'the rail being placed in front of the oncoming train.' Their improvements were relatively worth it though, it's a lot more streamlined. The only other complaint I could have with the construction of the classes themselves, was it seemed most of them still focused on being able to be in a physical location, when no one in the class was actually attending on-campus classes. This made for some awkwardness when a great degree of physical work or team interaction was required. As someone who learns at a slower pace than others, however, this program was perfect. I was able to break my study sessions evenly through the week, and being able to focus on just one class a month instead of multiple classes over 4 to 6 months made my education feel comfortable, and open to a pace that was more suited for students than professionals working in a corporation. The difficulty of the coursework was strong enough though that I felt sufficiently challenged throughout the program, and I felt like I was graded appropriately for the quality and amount of work I put into the course. The Professors helped with this by having a great degree of casual attitudes, but just as invested in my education as they might be if I were a frequent attending student in a physical class. To me, as someone who has worked with online courses with different schools in the past, FullSail provided the highest quality online degree experience I've ever encountered. If you're looking for getting a degree without wasting any time, wish to do it from anywhere in the United States, and want a quality education that'll teach you a lot about the subject matter, FullSail University is something I would strongly submit for your consideration.
I went through the online program hoping to learn a great deal about computer animation. First few months went great and first modeling classes were challenging. There are a couple instructors that are very good. However a lot of the times you researching things on your own and can't solve your issue. You go to the instructor only to be told to research it on youtube. My final portfolio classes the instructors expected you to know things you were never taught. Critiques in those classes hardly ever happened due to on campus issues. Speaking of, in one class, I was on iChat for a live critique of one of my projects. It must have been a student assistant or something. Just after starting my critique his cell phone rings. He answers it and is talking to a client for freelancing. I'm hoping that doesn't still go on or happen to others. I can not attest how the campus experience is, but I would not recommend doing the computer animation online. You'll meet some cool students who work harder than you, and will have the same complaints of having no help. If you speak up about the issues, you will be immediately put in your place. I've heard bad experiences with auditing the classes after graduation. Those I know who have report an even worse experience. I even read comments from pro-full sail people that Full Sail is a great stepping stone to other higher education. For that amount of money, it shouldn't be a "stepping stone". Pay for digital tutors if you want a stepping stone. Then save your money and go to Gnomon or other professional learning institution. If I had the opportunity I would hand back my diploma without hesitation, if it meant having my over priced student loan debt cleared.
I originally went to Full Sail expecting to graduate then slowly go become a rock star. Went to school first for Recording Arts, but halfway through my degree I switched to the associates track and went into Digital Arts to be able to do more professional work (originally aimed for something in advertising, with a goal of doing music for film.) I LOVED my years here. It was an extensive education, hard earned but well worth it. That said, this is not a school for everyone. The classes are hard. There is an assumption of knowledge (at least in Digital Arts) which meant, don't get me wrong, skipping to the advanced stuff (especially later on) was great, but if you'd missed a concept you could find yourself scrambling to keep up. If you tell people you graduated from Full Sail in the industry, you get one of two reactions. One - "what the heck is that?" Or two - "holy crap, you actually graduated?" It's known for being a bit of a trial by fire, and it certainly earned that definition in my eyes. But it set me up to be able to do a lot of different things. I've worked for Bose as a technologist, done messaging work for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and done contract work with HBO, Food Network, SAP and Africa Home TV. I've worked on apps and video games, I've built websites and high end presentations, and all of that wouldn't have been possible without the education I got here. Know what you're getting into before you start, but it's worth it.
My time at Full Sail has been well worth it. From the experienced faculty and talents students, FS really is a well rounded university. Full Sail is a university that really pushes students to network and gain real world experience, not just in class but through internships and on-campus organizations as well.
Full Sail is a great University just like all others. You will need to be an really driven to succeed in the entertainment industry. With a degree from Full Sail you will be able to get employed in both the private and federal sectors. Be sure you live in a state or city where there are plenty of jobs, and where the career development department can actually help you.
Waste of money. The head of the Program is a joke and is not respected at all in the industry. Why would anyone even both going to film school in Orlando when you need to be in Atlanta or Hollywood. Don't fall for the sales tactics like I did. They will promise you anything to enroll, but most of the instructors are awful and even recent grads. Just ask them or ask to see the credits. If you want a Masters in Film DO NOT GO HERE, go to a real school like UCLA, USC or even NYU.
An expensive school, but with good teachers. Learned everything that was necessary for the future, and really get an hands-on experience
This school is a waste of time, 1. Basically the issue comes into play when students want to transfer colleges or continue their education with a master’s degree program at another school. While the credits can transfer between national and regional accreditation, it is more difficult and often times schools simply won’t recognize the credits at all. This means your options for transferring schools are very limited and you may have to retake the classes at another school. 2. The Instructors are the worst, they don't get back to you and if they do it is with a question to a question, thus running down your communication time, before a project is due, 3. Basically, you're spending 50K+ to be taught by LYNDA.com videos. 4. As an online student your only recourse if any is your advisor which it seems like the minute you build up a rapor they switch and then you're back to square one. 5. The classes move at such a rapid pace, that instead of retaining you are basically, scurrying to find quick answers. there are no tutors for classes that are more difficult and once again, the instructors are a joke. I will say this though the back-end help, advisors, financial aid, etc. are thumbs up better than the instructors they have. The excuse is the instructors handle campus and online, maybe they should have dedicated online instructors because it is quite obvious they are unable to handle both tasks at the same time.... IMHO this school is not only a waste of time, but money!
So Full Sail is very poor at communicating and even worse at helping online students. I started knowing I would need to apply for financial aid, which I've done before and have never had any problems. I have gone to school for two other degrees and have been perfectly fine. However, the financial aid department at Full Sail seems to be stretched too far. They have their financial aid team working with both on-campus and online students simultaneously. This leaves the online students such as myself feeling like an afterthought. Four months into the program and I still have documents to complete. I am now past the point of withdrawing classes without owing money and have been sent emails stating that I will be withdrawn from school if I don't pay up. The financial aid department will wait weeks before replying to any of my emails and are never there when I call. (Too busy with campus students.) This doesn't even get into the actual classes. My first class was amazing. Creative Presentation. I had a blast with this class and my instructor was very good at communicating and providing excellent feedback. After that, it all went downhill. My Psychology of play class was literally four weeks of creating a schedule for yourself to help you with time management. This fine but my instructor rarely communicated at all even when grading assignments. I had to constantly ask why I got the grade that I did so I could improve. I thought maybe this was just a not so great class so I pushed through it. I started my Technology in the Entertainment and Media Industry class. Surprise, it was another four weeks of creating a schedule for time management. This to me had nothing to do with the class subject. Again I also had an instructor who rarely spoke to anyone mostly because he was running this online class while simultaneously running a class on campus. All in all, it seems that at least from my experience Full Sail cares very little for their online students. At least not enough to have an instructor and Financial Aid team just for them.
I have been attending Full Sail online for Web Development and Design. I will first say that I am not being bitter, my grades at the moment are very exceptional, as well as my attendance. What I am doing is addressing some things I have experienced so far. With that being said, my online experience with Full Sail has been below average. Communication with the instructors has been a little difficult. It seems like they are very quick to push you off to a web link or YouTube video instead of answering any questions or concerns. For example: Admittedly, I have had issues with APA style citation in a couple classes. I accepted the grade the for the papers but I would ask the instructor for additional help so that I may avoid the issue in the future. On ALL occasions, the instructor very quickly gave me a web address (not associated with Full Sail) containing additional information, or referred me to a YouTube link. The point is that I am not paying these websites nor YouTube for my education, I am paying FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY. I kind of feel like my queries are being pawned off onto a third party instead of getting help from the people that I am paying. There was even one instance where I called an instructor out after she attempted to call me a plagiarist. I had written a rough draft for a final project and points had been deducted for improper citation of sources, which is understandable. I asked the instructor for assistance to insure that my final draft was cited properly. I did not ask once, but a total of three times. All three of my requests went unanswered and when my final draft was submitted, the instructor immediately accused me of plagiarism and threatened me with expulsion. This is when I had called her out by mentioning that I had already contacted her three times regarding that very same issue. When I did, she claimed that she had answered all my questions in a timely manner. Luckily for me, I had saved the entire conversation and emailed it to the instructor asking her to show me where her response was located. The instructor still did not respond to my request but ultimately, my paper was mysteriously given a passing grade. I am currently still attending and making great grades. I am however dealing with similar issues in my present classes. Basically, the student to teacher outreach system is extremely poor. Lastly, I will mention that each online student gets a student liaison who calls you at the end of each month to evaluate your progress and to make sure everything is going well. My liaison has not called me since the plagiarism incident, it has been about six months in total.