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.
Hard Work Up Ahead
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 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.
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 at Full Sail University
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).
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.
I hope you found the information you were looking for about the Full Sail Film Programs.
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.