Full Sail University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (83)
Sail I am a success story. I attended Full Sail online. I had a great cohort and my instructors were always on point. I am still using the resources we worked on during my year of study. My experience was focused, usefully and very informative. Real world education is what I am still experiencing. I teach students based on technology and current media opportunities. This is because Full Sail instructors guided me to my comfort in improvising and adjusting to the current needs of my students. Smartphones, Promethean Boards, and connections to music drive my lessons in core subjects that connect to music.
A complete waste of time. I could have networked in popular film environments and landed a job. Saving me 80k in debt. Egotistical teachers and horrible learning techniques. Met nice people that's all that was interesting about that place. I wouldn't advise anyone to go here. When I was looking at colleges I thought that the bad reviews weren't a deal breaker but I was wrong.
Full Sail is not worth it, it will give you a taste on everything but after graduating you will seat in front of a computer incapable of doing anything and now with a debt you will never pay back. You just chained yourself to an anchor that will keep you at the button of the sea. I graduated in 1998, I am 41 years old now and I know what I am talking about. I had 2 others degrees that saved my butt. Back then the Full Sail degree was $21K, it was payable and that is actually what should cost today at the most. You know 3D but not good enough to make an actual animation for a client in the timeframes needed, you know editing but incapable do do a promo or an infomercial. You will be so clumsy because all you did was just tutorials at Full Sail. Imagine that you got your drivers license and now you have to do Daytona 500. That is the real world experience that you paid for and you will leave with that expectation, the reality is that you barely will know the type of gas you will put in your car. Full Sail is a "for profit organization", it means it is a business to make money! they are like car salesman, they will lie to you to get your money. They have all that fancy equipment for you to come in. Full Sail is like going to Disney, awesome but it is just a fantasy. Is like going to an strip club, pretty girls but they are not your girlfriends, they just want your money. I am 41 years old, graduated from Full Sail when I was 25, the most expensive and useless degree. Take a serious program in a serious university, in a real film school. Full Sail was fun, Disney too and strip clubs too. A place where you will leave as you entered but with less money. And let me tell you... you will never are going to pay for that degree. Today I make $8K a month steady, most of the people I know from Full Sail make $4K a month after 10-15 years graduated. Try to buy a house, pay that debt. It is a fraud.
Horrible, horrible experience. An older student, with multiple degrees in areas of other studies. I'm quite experienced in the school process, along with both of my parents were teachers. I know it takes a lot of hard work, and I really put my blood, sweat and tears into this program. I live in Los Angeles, right in the heart of the industry, but I did the online program that FS offered in hopes that I would be working during that time. Many instructors do not really care about you unless you are a prodigy, those they guide as they know it requires little to no attention nor effort and in the end they can toot their own horns of the success of someone that could have just learned off of Youtube. However, for the true students with hungry minds and willing spirits, you will be crushed. That's not saying that there aren't a lot of lazy folks, not willing to put in the effort that this art takes, however, I'm speaking from experience. I put in 16 hours a day on my class projects, with a passion to learn as much as I could. Asking questions, with little to no answers from those there were getting paid to do just that, answer questions and guide. I graduated with honors, class salutatorian however, no reel. They pushed me through, why? Because they are a paper-mill, nationally un-accredited. For those that don't understand that, it means your credits are trash to other real universities. Don't be led in by false claims. Local accreditation doesn't mean squat. You will not be employable if you weren't a prodigy. Go to a real university that actually cares more for you than just your checkbook. Gnomon is highly expensive, however, I've seen their classes first hand, and they actually instruct and guide ALL their students. It's a rough world out there already, we don't need to be subjecting bright, talented artists to lack luster learning. Invest in Digital Tutors, watch youtube videos. Those are all great, but when you need the guidance to establish a firm foundation of education you have to find a real school willing to give you that foundation. Effort doesn't always equal success. Pushing a stone up a hill eternally, is always going to give the same results. You can keep doing what you're doing and without proper instruction, you will not succeed. I would think folks would want the best education possible. That is the fact, FS does not provide that. 98% of my class did not get jobs. Some, I can understand why, while others, I cant speak for them, but I can say, I am unemployable, sadly, as my skills have way too many holes in them. Unanswered questions, poor instruction, etc. I wish everyone luck if they do attend. For those that succeeded, kudos to you. Just don't belittle those that really did give it their all and received nothing in return.
I have read almost all the comments about Full Sail good and bad. My personal experience with Full Sail was great! I attended school in 2011 and became ill and was not able to attend anymore. Yes that left me with a balance however in 2015 they offered me the opportunity to come back and clear my balance by attending a pilot class. I learned so much and the teacher were always quick to respond. I ended up sick and in the hospital and I communicated with my teacher as well as my advisor what was going on and they offered me the chance to take the class at a later date. I didn't take them up on the offer because I was determine to finish the course and not let my health get in the way any longer. I finished my classes in December of 2015 and graduated in 2016 with a 3.31 gpa. Everyone is right it's all about what you put into it. I was able to launch a business and a non profit that is doing very well at the moment. I am returning in May 2016 for Internet marketing. I look forward to meeting new people and networking my butt off. This school was created to help you network. I still talk with my classmates and some of them actually became my client. Full Sail is what you make it. Work hard and you will get great results, slack off and you will be a person sitting here making bad comments about a school when it was you that failed not the school!
If you want to be taught by Lynda.com and Professor Google then this is the school for you. Most of the teacher do not have one lecture not one thing to contribute. This is such a rip off had I know I would have gone to another school. I personally called the director to ensure this was not going to be a Professor Google school but it is... Don't do it for the Business Intelligence Program you get no intelligence from it.
This review is to give you a real world perspective on what life is like once you finish with Full Sail University. To start the professors and support team around them are great and are really there to help you as much as possible. They only have you for a month and your one of 30-60+ students. I learned a lot from them staying after class and asking as much questions as I could. The biggest thing that I would like to warn perspective students who are thinking of going here would be to really stop and look at what job you want and go onto Indeed or LinkedIn an see where other people went to school if that information is available. A lot of the requirements of jobs will say "4 year school" which Full Sail is not. Before I attended Full Sail I overheard one of it's staff at a opening ceremony saying they think of themselves as the Harvard of MultiMedia Schools. I can assure they are not. Furthermore I would like to add in how hard it will be to obtain a job once you get out. To pay bills and the enormous student debt I now carry from Full Sail I took a job as a Technical recruiter. This job would have calling on job seekers for some of Orlando's best companies to work for. When I had to chance to speak with the hiring managers of EA Sports, Disney, NBC and other larger companies I asked them what they thought of Full Sail and it's graduates without disclosing I was a graduate of that school. They had told me that many of their positions that they hire for at an entry level positions they will not even look a Full Sail resume due to lack of skills and education the school puts into their students. Not to say that the teachers and professors aren't doing their job, but more so teaching programs that aren't used in near by companies students might work for someday. To add to this, they do hire right out of school students from University of Central Florid (UCF) which will be A LOT CHEAPER to attend then Full Sail and is right down the street. I still keep in good contact with a lot of my former friends who I met at Full Sail and the trend I have noticed the most is that 75% of them have posted they have either enrolled in a better and more well known school like Penn State, LSU, UCF, NYU among others that employers know and want to hire from. The fact is Full Sail just isn't that well known and because it accepts anyone with a heat beat and will graduate anyone who just barely pays attention, the few that do know Full Sail have mixed reviews and more often then not lean on the negative side. So if you're reading this and you have just finished high school or are thinking of going back to finish school just know that the debt you will carry from this school will eat up all of your paycheck once you finish. If you think you will delay your payments don't, they will only grow and grow. If there is any wisdom I can share is find another school that is more affordable and well known. I worked my butt off while I was there completing 3 internships for COX Radio, an internet marketing start up and a recording studio to gain experience. I worked in the media center and was a teachers assistant to save on expenses so my debt would be lower and I still have a enormous amount of debt and I'm now looking into going back to an accredited school for a degree that is employable. Thank you and best of luck in your future!
I agree with the comments that what you put in, you get back, and some teachers will help you if they see you are putting in the work. But I have to say I did some online classes and the online experience is really not worth it! I think FS can be good on campus, depending on what degree you are and what you want from it. Having attended a lot of classes with students from the Recording Arts degree, I discover that you learn more about recording, mic settings, signal chain than actually mixing. They have 2 classes on mixing, and a lot of other classes on soldering, mic techniques, recording consoles, audio post, etc. I felt some teacher didn't really care if you were motivated or not and only wanted to be done with their day, and some questions were left ignored. I feel the worst though, is the atmosphere some degree have. Most of Recording Arts students don't really care about their classes, most of my classmates spent their entire day watching netflix, facebook or basketball matches! Most of the students in RA are just here to make beats and don't really care about most classes, and that can make your classroom experience suck! You could say that I shouldn't pay attention to those students, but it's a fact that when teachers see 99% of students not caring, they stop to care after a while. In my degree, Music Production, the first 6 months were basic classes like Math, Physics, English, a little bit of psychology and some introduction to the jobs in the audio industry. Then it was half music theory, half composition/mastering of the tools in Logic, such as quantizing, sampling, learning how to different music styles, orchestration with sample libraries, arrangement, and so on. All the teachers from our degree give us feedback on our assignments or compositions, but when you finish the class, most of the teachers will rarely see you in person, but a feedback on email is always possible. I still have months to go to finish my degree, so I can't speak about career development yet. I would say, for 3d art/video game it is a very good school, for Recording Arts you're better working as a teaboy in a studio, I won't cost you anything and you'll learn quicker and earn money quicker that way. Although I have some friends who graduated and after a few months already were doing good freelancing, it depends if you've already built a strong network. For networking, I must say there's some pretty interesting opportunities sometimes, but most of the students I've connected with are really not on top of their game or show any real professional drive. Music production can be helpful to learn music theory and how to use LogicX and some production techniques. We only spent 3 classes in the studio so far, so most is done in the box. Some teacher are really good teachers and have a lot of work experience in the music industry, so it can be a good learning experience. Be warned that the less you know about mixing techniques and DAWs, the more difficult it will be for you to retain all the information you'll get at school, because the classes are intense and crammed into 1 month if you don't know anything about mixing, you'll only get 50% of the info, it needs practice to retain most of the info we learn in class. We learn a lot and very fast!
I did not graduate. I write this review to caution future students to think twice about enrolling. I do not want to give details because I do not anyone to retaliate. I am appalled at the callousness, in a word, of the faculty and administration. Buyer, beware.
Full Sail is an amazing school! Definitely a hands on experience with incredible professors. There was constantly new industry professionals coming to campus to talk about their jobs and give advice on your future careers. There is always an event on campus catering to your degree. Be ready to work long hours and have short breaks. But in my opinion, getting a 4 year degree in 2 makes it all worth it in the end.