No Middle Ground on The Full Sail Film Programs and their Online Counterparts

 

He was absolutely certain that The Full Sail Film Programs at Full Sail University were his ticket into the film Industry.

He figured it was going to be that way and it shouldn't be changed. So, I had to really dig hard into a school that is called many things, including Full Sail College.

My son's main argument was that they employ a teaching system that has gained the legs of fame on its own. "Full Sail Real World Education" it is named.

I wanted to know what powerful message had driven my son to believe that any one school conducted a program that was so unique and powerful that it offered free passes into the film industry and a permanent, secure position 'In Your Field' just for attending.

The message had come from Full Sail University and the Full Sail Film Programs it offers. I guess Schools can say that when they have their own Film Studios to film in and some of the highest tuition fees in the land.

I figured that I'd better start doing my research on this school.

I was supposed to focus only on the Full Sail Film Programs, the 3D Animation Classes and the Game Design Programs.

In the end, I had a good look at every Full Sail Program that the University offered. This included the the online degree courses that were only launched the year before in 2007.

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The curriculum has settled down since the school was officially inducted into the 'University Class' of film schools on March 24, 2008.

The years leading up to that name change were jam packed with course additions and modifications to both the curriculum as well as modernization to the campus itself.

So, there won't be much in the way of change coming for either the On Campus Degree Programs or The Online Degree Programs.

That's great and dandy but that means that some of the curriculum has only been in place for 3 or 4 years. That isn't the case for the film Programs, but I wouldn't be paying these prices for a Bachelor of Science Degree In Web Design and Development.

You'd save a fortune and probably get hired more easily if you went to your local community college and got your degree in Web Design and Development there.

Some of the Film Programs at Full Sail University like the Bachelor's program in Game Development and the Digital Arts & Design program have been around for a long time and are highly respected within the industry.

Except in Florida State! For some reason I read, heard and saw the worst reviews and criticisms of Full Sail University in its home State than I did in places like Seattle or even in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Full Sail University was at the top of my son's list. I went the extra mile really digging into their film programs and trying to find the classes that would give him relevant skills that would make him employable.

I needed to know what skills were most in demand before I could go looking for them in the the Full Sail Film Programs that were both available and what the digital media companies wanted.

I just downloaded a list of every media related company in my area. Then I called them and asked them what skills, knowledge and attributes they looked for in a candidate they would hire.

I highly recommend that you do this as well (Or your Son / Daughter if you are a Parent). I got such a wealth of information from people who really seemed eager to help.

I could tell that the people I spoke to at the Animation Companies, Multimedia Companies and Advertising Firms were impressed with the question "What skills, talents and attributes would I need to be of interest to you as an employee?"

I wish my son would have made the calls and done the research instead of me because I was making connections in the industry. Those connections should have been his.

Kids ....


Back to Full Sail Film Programs

Full Sail University is an Expensive School but we'll avoid the topic of Full Sail Tuition costs for now.

Before I list the programs available both Online and On Campus, I want you to know that Full Sail give their students free and unlimited access to the best, most expensive, and current tools available anywhere in the industry.

That may be why they are so expensive. But when talking about quality of classes and especially the full sail film programs, the tolls you learn on make a pretty big impression on quality of learning, relevancy and chances of finding work.

On Campus Full Sail University
On Campus at Full Sail University

If you go for an online course be sure that you have a Ton of self motivation. In the classrooms you are paced through the work and that often provides a needed kick in the butt.

I know that online courses sound good but we are talking about getting you an education in the film industry. That means the friends and contacts you make while attending Full Sail Film programs On-campus will do more for you and your career than the education itself.

Also, acceptance is higher among employers for degrees done On Campus Vs. Online Degrees ( See Degrees of Acceptance).

Course Scheduling at Full Sail University

Ready for Hell?

The full Sail film programs and every other Program runs classes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Lectures can be at anytime and on ANY given day and they will cram as much information your way as they can.

Most Lab classes begin near 3am and you'll often have a lecture class later the same day.

There are 2 sides on this one. Many believe that the class/lab scheduling for the Full Sail Film programs (The worst Culprit) and every other of its On Campus classes puts its students at a disadvantage because students don't often get the sleep they need.

The other side says it's the closest scheduling to the actual working conditions you'll encounter on any media production set. Why not get the students familiar with the kind of working hours they'll encounter on the job?

I only know that the class scheduling at Full Sail makes it probably the most intense and demanding of any film, art and media school we have ever heard of.

Remember that the Full Sail Film Programs are accelerated. You will be expected to learn in 2 years what a traditional college or university would teach you in 4 years.

Program Clock
Hour
Credit
Hour
Award Program
 Code
Category Description
Game Development
Bachelor's Program
On Campus Only
2680 141 BS 1999 Specialized Fields
Internet Marketing
Bachelor's Program
Online Only
2236 137.5 BS 1099 Business and Business Related
Computer Animation
Bachelor's Program
On Campus and Online
1984 125.5 BS 1090 Business and Business Related
Graphic Design
Associate of Science
On Campus Only
1680 88 AS 410 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Game Art
Bachelors' Program
On Campus and Online
2640 138 BS 1999 Specialized Fields
Web Design & Development
Bachelor Program
On Campus and Online
2284 120 BS 1565 Information Technology
Entertainment Business - BS
Bachelor Program
On Campus and Online
664 44 MS 1899 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Web Design and Development -MD
Bachelor Program
On Campus and Online
2354 123 BS 1565 Information Technology
Music Production
Bachelor's Program
Online Only
2200 120.5 BS 1800 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Music Production - DE
Bachelor's Program
Online Only
2270 127 BS 1800 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Recording Arts
Bachelor's Program
On Campus Only
2500 131 BS 499 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Show Production
Bachelor's Program
On Campus Only
2500 134 BS 599 Art – Fine
Computer Animation - DE
Bachelor's Program
On Campus and On Line
2330 123 BS 415 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Music Business - DE
Bachelors Program
On Campus and Online
2204 124.5 BS 1099 Business and Business Related
Graphic Design - DE
Bachelors Program
Online Only
2326 123 BS 410 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Entertainment Business
Bachelor's Program
On Campus and Online
2178 126.5 BS 1099 Business and Business Related
Show Production and Touring
Bachelor's Program
On Campus Only
1636 88 BS 1815 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Computer Animation
Bachelor's Program
On Campus and Online
2720 140 BS 415 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Media Design-DE
Master's Program
Online Only
960 60 MFA 499 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Music Business
Bachelor's Program
On Campus and Online
2204 124.5 BS 1800 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Game Design - DE
Bachelor's Program
Online Only
2330 123 BS 425 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Digital Arts & Design
Bachelor's Program
On Campus Only
2740 145 BS 420 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Creative Writing -DE
Master's Program
Online Only
? 48 MA 599 Art – Fine
Recording Engineering
Master's Program
On Campus Only
1568 88 MA 1805 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Education Media Design and Technology - DE
Graduate Program
Online Only
 192 12 Graduate
Certificate
1899 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Education Media Design and Technology
Masters Program
Online Only
? ? ? ? ?
Internet Marketing DE
Graduate Program
Online Only
200 12.5 Graduate
Certificate
1899 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Entertainment Business
Master of Science
On Campus and Online
664 44 MS 1899 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Game Design
Master of Science
On Campus Only
960 48 MS 425 Art – Commercial and Industrial
Film
Bachelor's of Science
On Campus Only
2372 124.5 BS 1810 Radio, Television, Motion Pictures
Internet Marketing-DE
Master's Program
Online Only
0 39 MS 1090 Business and Business Related

I hope you found the information you were looking for about the Full Sail Film Programs.

Here you can Comment, Write a Review or ask Your Questions about Full Sail University.

Good Luck with your search of the Full Sail Film Programs or for the right Programs no matter the school you choose. Don't give up until you feel something inside telling you that you've found the right school for you.

You'll know it when it happens.

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